An Act respecting additional COVID-19 measures

This bill was last introduced in the 43rd Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2020.


Carla Qualtrough  Liberal


Second reading (House), as of June 10, 2020
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

Part 1 amends the Income Tax Act to revise the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy in order to support those employers hardest hit by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Part 2 enacts the Time Limits and Other Periods Act (COVID-19), which addresses the need for flexibility in relation to certain time limits and other periods that are established by or under Acts of Parliament and that are difficult or impossible to meet as a result of the exceptional circumstances produced by COVID-19. In particular, the enactment

(a) suspends, for a maximum of six months, certain time limits in relation to proceedings before courts;

(b) temporarily enables ministers to suspend or extend time limits and to extend other periods in relation to specified Acts and regulations for a maximum of six months; and

(c) provides for the transparent exercise of the powers it confers and for Parliamentary oversight over the exercise of those powers.

Part 3 amends the Income Tax Act to authorize the use by officials, or disclosure to Government of Canada officials, of taxpayer information solely for the purpose of a one-time payment to persons with disabilities for reasons related to COVID-19. It also amends the Children’s Special Allowances Act to authorize the disclosure of information for the purpose of that one-time payment.

Part 4 amends the Canada Emergency Response Benefit Act to, among other things, enhance the administration and enforcement of the Act and allow a review of decisions made under the Act. It also provides that a worker is not eligible for an income support payment if they do not return to work when it is reasonable to do so or decline a reasonable job offer.


All sorts of information on this bill is available at LEGISinfo, an excellent resource from the Library of Parliament. You can also read the full text of the bill.

An Act Respecting Additional COVID-19 MeasuresRoutine Proceedings

June 10th, 2020 / 2:35 p.m.
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Pablo Rodriguez Liberal Honoré-Mercier, QC

Mr. Speaker, there have been discussions among the parties and if you seek it, I hope you will find unanimous consent to adopt the following motion: That Bill C-17, an act respecting additional COVID-19 measures, be divided into two bills; that Bill C-17 be entitled “An Act respecting the disclosure of information for the purpose of a one-time permit to persons with disabilities” and consists of part 3 of the said bill and that Bill C-18 be entitled “An Act respecting additional COVID-19 measures” and consists of all the remaining portions of the said bill; and that Bill C-17 be disposed of as follows:

(a) the bill be ordered for consideration at second reading later this day; (b) when the House begins debate on the motion for second reading of the bill, one member of each recognized party and a member of the Green Party may speak to the said motion for not more than 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions and comments, provided that members may be permitted to split their time with another member; and, at the conclusion of the time provided for the debate or when no member rises to speak, whichever is earlier, all questions necessary to dispose of the second reading stage of the bill shall be put without further debate or amendment, provided that, if a recorded division is requested, it shall not be deferred; and (c) if the bill is adopted at second reading, it shall be referred to a committee of the whole, deemed considered in committee of the whole, deemed reported without amendment, deemed concurred in at report stage on division, and deemed read a third time and passed on division; Bill C-18 shall be ordered for consideration at second reading at the next sitting of the House; and for the purposes of printing Bills C-17 and C-18, the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel shall be authorized to make any technical changes or corrections in those bills as may be necessary to give effect to this motion.