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Provincial re-integration plans

Re-integration plans

Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy

Re-opening in stages, depending on key measures being watched and timing.

Stage 1 (expected to begin as of May 14) - allows some businesses and facilities to resume full operations as early as May 14 with enhanced infection prevention and controls in place.

Lifted restrictions for stage 1 include:

  • Some retail businesses like clothing, furniture and book stores.
  • Some personal services like hairstyling and barber shops.
  • Cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars can reopen for public seating at 50% capacity, but people will not be able to go to the bar to order drinks, they will need to be served at the table.
  • Daycares and out-of-school care, with occupancy limits.
  • Summer camps, with occupancy limits (this could include summer school).
  • Post-secondary institutions will continue course delivery, but method (online, in-person or blend) will depend on the restrictions in place at each phase.

Continuing restrictions during stage 1 include:

  • Gatherings of more than 15 people will not permitted.
  • Gatherings of 15 people or fewer must follow physical distancing and other public health guidelines.
  • Public attendance at businesses, facilities and events that have close physical contact will not be permitted, including: arts and culture festivals, major sporting events and concerts.
  • Movie theatres, pools, recreation centres, arenas, spas, nightclubs and gyms will remain closed.
  • Visiting patients in health care facilities will remain limited.
  • In-school classes for kindergarten to Grade 12 students will remain prohibited.

Stage 2 will allow additional businesses and services to reopen and resume operations with 2 metre physical distancing requirements and other public health guidelines in place – timing to be determined.

Stage 3 will allow the full reopening of most services. Timing will be determined based on health indicators. Some restrictions and enhanced protection controls will remain in place.


Employee training supports for agri-businesses: to help employers in the food supply chain provide necessary training to new Alberta employees by offsetting costs for COVID-19 safety and training, including the costs for personal protective equipment and to remove any barriers to get Albertans safely working

Employment: Infrastructure and transportation projects across the province are being accelerated to get people back to work and the economy back on track More at here.

The new Alberta Biz Connect webpage provides business owners with information on health and safety guidelines for general workplaces and sector-specific guidelines for those able to open in stage one of relaunch.

Re-integration plans

Restrictions will be lifted in phases.

B.C. is currently in Phase 1 of the restart plan. Phase 2, which will begin in mid-May, includes:

  • small social gatherings;
  • a resumption of elective surgeries and regulated health services like physiotherapy, dentistry, chiropractors and in-person counselling;
  • provincial parks open for day use;
  • opening more non-essential businesses in keeping with safe operations plans;
  • recalling the provincial legislature for regular sittings.

Phase 3 will include opening up of additional businesses and services. Target date is between June and September 2020, if transmission rates remain low or in decline.

Phase 4 will only be achieved when the threat of COVID-19 has been significantly diminished through widespread vaccination, broad successful treatments, evidence of community immunity, or the equivalent.

Most provincial parks will reopen, starting May 14, for day-use only.

On June 1, many remaining facilities, including campgrounds, will reopen. A small number of parks that attract large crowds, or where reopening would pose a health risk to nearby communities, will remain closed.


B.C. Surgery Renewal Plan: Surgeries that were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic are starting back up as part of a massive surgical renewal plan.

Support for workplaces resuming operations: Sectors that were ordered closed will be asked to work with WorkSafeBC to develop plans to reopen safely. WorkSafeBC is developing industry-specific guidance to help employers bring workers and customers back safely.

The B.C. government is providing $300,000 to support industry-led Buy BC e-commerce activities, implemented to help the province’s farmers and food and beverage processors overcome some lost sales during the COVID-19 pandemic by moving their products online.

Note: “Restarting economic activity will look different in B.C. than in other jurisdictions, because only a small number of sectors in the province were closed by public health order. Many other provinces are just now reaching the level of safe operations B.C. has been able to maintain throughout the pandemic.” – BC Govt.

Re-integration plans

Manitoba’s Pandemic Economic Recovery Roadmap consists of multiple phases to restore safe services.

Restoring Services (Phase One) – Beginning May 4, 2020

  • Critical public health measures and travel restrictions remain.
  • priority elective surgeries have been restarted and diagnostics screening will resume and
  • Some non-essential businesses will reopen but must limit occupancy to 50 per cent of normal business levels or one person per 10 square metres, whichever is lower. Services, businesses and venues include:
    • non-urgent surgery and diagnostic procedures;
    • therapeutic and medical services;
    • retail businesses;
    • restaurants – patio/walk-up services;
    • hair salons;
    • museums, galleries and libraries;
    • seasonal day camps; and
    • outdoor recreation and campgrounds.

The province will continually re-evaluate and adjust plans for further easing of secondary public health measures and may reintroduce others. Restoring Services (Phase Two) is expected to begin no earlier than June 1.

Restoring Services (Phase Two) is expected to begin no earlier than June 1.

Future phases dependant on ongoing public health data and surveillance.


Full details are available at www.manitoba.ca/restoringsafeservices.

Workplace Guidance for Business Owners. 

Restoring Safe Services Together: The Road map.

Re-integration plans

Alert Level System – There are five levels, five being the starting level. The goal is to reach level one.

The following is being monitored in order to make decisions to lower Alert Levels:

  • Spread of COVID-19 is controlled
  • Ability to test, trace and isolate all cases
  • Health system readiness to handle any surge in COVID-19 cases
  • Risk of outbreaks
  • Workplaces preparedness to protect the health and safety of staff and the public
  • Identification and isolation of travel-related cases
  • Community readiness to live with COVID-19

Currently at Alert Level 4, with focus on beginning to relax public health measures to allow more social and business activities, while minimizing the risk of outbreaks. This level includes:

  • Ability to expand household bubble
  • Gatherings at funerals, burials and weddings are restricted to no more than 10 people, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Retail stores that do not offer essential services, bars and lounges, cinemas, and personal service establishments remain closed.
  • Restaurants remain closed for in-person dining.
  • Professional services such as accounting firms, law firms, and financial services can offer in-person services. (Work from home policies are encouraged, where possible.)
  • In-person worker and workplace safety training will be permitted (e.g. Standard First Aid, Basic Safety Training, food safety, etc.).
  • Limited expansion of child care services
  • More at: https://www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19/alert-system/alert-level-4/

It will take at least 28 days to determine whether or not it is safe to move to Alert Level 3.


Public Health Guidance for all alert levels

Summary table of all the alert levels, including individual responsibilities and public health measures.

Re-integration plans

The plan to re-open businesses, educational facilities, the health-care system, recreational activities, and cultural events will be guided by four distinct public health alert levels:

  • Red: This phase is aimed at flattening the curve and containing the virus as quickly as possible.
  • Orange: The goal of this phase is to balance the reopening of social and economic settings while preventing a resurgence of transmission.
  • Yellow: The goal of this phase is to further increase the reopening of social and economic settings after the ability to control transmission has been demonstrated.
  • Green: This phase will likely come after a vaccine is available or more is learned about how to protect people from the virus.

As a first step, the following is now in effect:

  • Two-household bubbles: Households may now choose to spend time with one other household, if both households agree. The selection made is not interchangeable.
  • Golf courses and driving ranges: If all physical distancing and safety measures are in place, golf courses and driving ranges can now open.
  • Recreational fishing and hunting: The delay on springs seasons has been lifted.
  • Outdoor spaces: With physical distancing, people can now enjoy the outdoors including parks and beaches.
  • Carpooling: Co-workers or neighbours can carpool if physical distancing measures are maintained by transporting the passenger in the backseat.
  • Post-secondary education: Students requiring access to campus to fulfill their course requirements will be able to do so.
  • Outdoor religious services: As an alternative to online worship, religious organizations can hold outdoor services if parishioners stay in their vehicles that are two metres apart.

More details are available on the New Brunswick Province website

We are now in Phase 2, also designated as Orange level. Re-openings and activities include:

  • Elective surgeries and other non-emergency health services, including dental, physiotherapy, optometry and massage therapy.
  • Outdoor public gatherings, with physical distancing, of 10 or fewer people.
  • Indoor public gatherings, with physical distancing, of 10 or fewer people for in-person religious services, weddings and funerals.
  • All in-person programs at post-secondary institutions, subject to the COVID-19 directives from Public Health. Virtual education options should be continued wherever possible.
  • Cultural venues such as museums, galleries and libraries.
  • Offices not deemed essential during the initial phase.
  • Retail establishments, including malls.
  • Restaurants.
  • Campgrounds and outdoor recreational activities, such as zoos and outfitters.
  • Early learning and child care centres regulated by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will be permitted to reopen as of May 19. The department will contact operators to provide further information in the coming days.
  • Non-regulated child care providers may open as of today but must adhere to Public Health guidelines, including having an operational plan.
  • Day camps, if the organization can adhere to Public Health measures set out in the document called COVID-19 Recovery Phase: Guidance to Early Learning and Childcare Facilities and Day Camps.
  • ATV trails across the province.

Provincial parks and major tourism attractions to reopen


Businesses do not need to be inspected before re-opening, but they must prepare an operational plan that can be provided to officials, if requested.

Personal protective equipment: The government is developing a website, which will be available next week, that will have a list of suppliers that provide personal protective equipment to private industry.

Guidelines for New Brunswick workplaces from WorkSafe NB, including Operational Plan templates.

Public Health Measures Guidelines.

Nova Scotia’s reopening plan is under development. It will be based on the following:

  • advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s recommendations and guidelines to lift public health measures
  • status of COVID-19 in the province
  • consultation with sectors
  • the ability for people and businesses to continue to follow public health measures

Reopening will be done in phases, over time. Each phase could last a minimum of 28 days. Readiness to reopen – and to move onto the next phase – will be assessed weekly.

NOTE: Checked morning of May 12, no further details yet.


Re-integration plans

The government has released a framework for reopening the province which outlines the gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces.

The government is planning a stage-by-stage approach to reopening the economy to ensure there are appropriate measures in place so workplaces can open safely. Public health officials will carefully monitor each stage for two to four weeks, as they assess the evolution of the COVID-19 outbreak to determine if it is necessary to change course to maintain public health.

Stage 1: The following will be considered:

  • opening select workplaces that can meet current public health guidelines
  • allowing essential gatherings of a limited number of people
  • opening some outdoor spaces
  • continued protections for vulnerable populations

Stage 2: Opening more workplaces, based on risk assessments, which may include some service industries and additional office and retail workplaces. Some larger public gatherings would be allowed, and more outdoor spaces would open.

Stage 3: Opening of all workplaces responsibly and further relaxing of restrictions on public gatherings.

More information on the Ontario Province website

Update as of May 12:


Sector specific resources to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces.

Request a temporary rule or regulation change to help your business respond to COVID-19.


Re-integration plans

The government released a plan to ease public health restrictions related to COVID-19. Renew PEI, Together outlines the guiding principles and phased approach to the reopening of businesses, services and public spaces. The plan will be implemented in four distinct phases with a progressive lifting of public health measures on individuals, communities and organizations over three-week periods.

Phase one – Beginning May 1, 2020

  • Traveler screening in place at points of entry to PEI and self-isolation requirements
  • Limited outdoor gatherings of no more than 5 individuals involving people from different households
  • Priority non-urgent health care services
  • Non-contact outdoor recreational activities
  • Select outdoor and construction services
  • Child care for essential service workers
  • Priority public services
  • Home-based learning options, with some limited activities
  • Visitor restrictions in place at long-term care facilities

More information on the Prince Edward Island Province website

Select Access PEI locations will open to the public on Tuesday, May 12 with modified service and appropriate public health precautions in place.

Phase Two – expected to start May 22, 2020.

Phase Three – will potentially start June 12, 2020.

Phase Four – to be determined.


Guidance public health measures for Phase 1

Workplaces with offices guidance.

Outdoor gathering guidance

Re-integration plans

In the coming weeks, activities will gradually resume in Québec, with the consent and collaboration of public health authorities. The reopenings will occur in phases.

Starting on May 4, 2020:

  • Retail stores with a direct exterior access can resume their activities, except for those in the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), which can reopen on May 11, 2020. Businesses in the supply chains of retail stores can resume their activities on the same dates.
  • Withdrawal of checkpoints in the regions will be spread over several weeks. As of May 4th, access will be allowed to the territories of:
    • the Antoine-Labelle, Argenteuil, Pays-d’en-Haut and Laurentides regional county municipalities for the Laurentides health region;
    • the territories of the Autray, Joliette, Matawinie and Montcalm regional county municipalities for the Lanaudière health region;
    • the territories of the Bellechasse, L’Islet and Montmagny regional county municipalities for the Chaudière-Appalaches health region;
    • Rouyn-Noranda for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue health region.

As of May 11, preschools and elementary schools, as well as all child care services, including non-subsidized daycares and recognized and non recognized family daycare centres, will be progressively reopened in all regions of Québec, with the exception of schools and child care services located in the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal metropolitan community).

Full details are available on the Quebec Province website


The Re-Open Saskatchewan plan consists of five phases.

Phase One – Beginning May 4, 2020

  • The first phase of the plan includes the re-opening of medical services restricted under the current public health order, and the resumption of low-risk outdoor recreational activities, including fishing and boat launches, golf courses and a fixed date for parks and campgrounds. The size restrictions of public and private gatherings will remain at a maximum of 10 people.
  • On May 4, public access to medical services will be reinstated, including access to dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, opticians, podiatry, occupational therapy and chiropractic treatment. When it is not possible to physically distance, providers will be required to take precautionary measures as outlined by the Chief Medical Health Officer.
  • Low-risk outdoor recreational activities will be allowable with precautionary measures, including fishing and boat launches (May 4), golfing with physical distancing guidelines (May 15) and a fixed date (June 1) and clear guidelines for the operation of parks and campgrounds.

The timing and order of the businesses and workplaces included in each phase is subject to change throughout the process based on a continuous assessment of various factors. Phase two is expected to begin May 19, 2020.

Full details are available on the Saskatchewan Province website.