Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Official Languages Act, to enact the use of French in federally regulated private businesses Act and to make related amendments to other Acts, was granted Royal Assent on June 20, 2023. The act will come into force on a date to be fixed by order of the Governor in Council. As of the date of this article, no such order has been issued.
Canada has announced an open work-permit stream directly recruiting U.S. foreign national H-1B visa holders to relocate to Canada.
On October 6, 2021, the Act to modernize the occupational health and safety regime took effect. As indicated in the act’s title, its purpose was to modernize Québec’s occupational health and safety regime with regard to the prevention and compensation of employment injuries.
In the context of the pandemic, if there is a question that employers have frequently faced, it is whether employees who decide to work remotely from Québec are covered under Québec’s Act Respecting Labour Standards, which sets out minimal conditions of work.
On January 6, 2021, the Québec government announced new COVID-19 restrictions that will take effect from January 9, 2021, through February 8, 2021.