—–  Covid-19 Statistics —–

Saskatchewan ceased daily reporting as of February 5, 2022.  Saskatchewan is now releasing data for the previous week every Thursday.  Discrepancies are possible as Saskatchewan is only releasing weekly data and not cumulative totals.

Alberta ceased daily reporting as of March 17, 2022.  Alberta is now releasing date for the previous week every Wednesday.

 

—  Alberta  —

up to April 11, 2022

ALBERTA Total Cases8 Deaths6,7 deaths/cases*  % Infections by Cohort
Calgary Zone 222,273 1,130 0.51% 0-19 yrs 22.2%
Edmonton Zone 176,759 1,611 0.91% 20-39 yrs 37.2%
Central Zone 56,311 525 0.93% 40-59 yrs 27.5%
South Zone 35,924 369 1.03% 60-79 yrs 9.7%
North Zone 60,927 506 0.83% 80+ yrs 3.4%
Total Alberta 552,403 4,141 0.75%  deaths per 100,000 population

94.7

Recovered not reported

March 5, 2020 first case; Alberta Population 4,371,300 (2019); AB Provincial Debt $71.6 B (2019), Alberta COVID-19 Modelling 

 

—  Saskatchewan  —

up to April 2, 2022

Saskatchewan website not available

SASKATCHEWAN  Total Cases8 Deaths6,7 deaths/cases*
North 38,877 415 1.07%
Central 11,278 134 1.19%
Saskatoon 34,330 234 0.68%
South 18,423 207 1.12%
Regina 28,265 262 0.93%
Total Saskatchewan 133,232 1,253

*locations may be pending

0.94%  deaths per 100,000 population

106.7

Recovered not reported
Tests9 1,519,297 tests/population* ~ 129.36%

March 12, 2020 first case; Saskatchewan Population 1,174,500 (2019), SK Provincial Debt $11.9 B (2019). Saskatchewan COVID-19 Modelling

CANADIAN COVID-19 STATISTICS

COVID-19 Tracking Data

Notes: Labour Force is the number of civilian, non-institutionalized persons 15 years of age and over who, during the reference week, were employed or unemployed. Unemployment Rate is the number of unemployed persons expressed as a percentage of the labour force. The unemployment rate for a particular group (age, sex, marital status, etc.) is the number unemployed in that group expressed as a percentage of the labour force for that group.  Participation Rate is the number of labour force participants expressed as a percentage of the population 15 years of age and over. The participation rate for a particular group (age, sex, marital status, etc.) is the number of labour force participants in that group expressed as a percentage of the population for that group. Employment Rate is the number of persons employed expressed as a percentage of the population 15 years of age and over. The employment rate for a particular group (age, sex, marital status, etc.) is the number employed in that group expressed as a percentage of the population for that group. Estimates are percentages, rounded to the nearest tenth.

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.1

COVID-19 Timeline10

February 2021

  • February 19th, the Government of Canada extended non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until March 21st.  Restrictions on non-U.S. international travel into Canada was extended until April 21st.
  • February 5th, the Government of Nova Scotia renewed the state of emergency effective February 21st and then further renewed the state of emergency until March 7th.
  • February 2nd, the Government of the Northwest Territories extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency until February 16th. February 16th, the territory-wide Public Health Emergency was extended until March 2nd. February 11th, the Government of the Northwest Territories extended the State of Emergency in the City of Yellowknife until February 25th and further extended until March 11th.
  • February 2nd, the Government of Manitoba extended the provincewide state of emergency for a period of 30 days.
  • February 2nd, the Government of British Columbia extended the provincial state of emergency until February 16th and further until March 2nd.

January 2021

  • January 12th, the Government of Ontario declared a second provincial emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and issued a stay-at-home order. January 16th, the Government extended most orders in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, until February 19th.
  • January 8th, the Government of Nova Scotia renewed the state of emergency until January 24th and further renewed the state of emergency until February 7th.
  • January 7th, the Government of Nunavut extended the territory’s public health emergency until January 21st and further extended the health emergency until February 4th.
  • January 5th, the Government of the Northwest Territories extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency until January 19th and further extended until February 2nd.   January 14th, the Government extended the State of Emergency in the City of Yellowknife until January 28th and further extended until February 11th.
  • January 5th, the Government of British Columbia extended the provincial state of emergency until January 19th and further extended the state of emergency until February 2nd.
  • January 4th, the Government of Manitoba extended the provincewide state of emergency for a period of 30 days.

December 2020

  • December 11th, the Government of Nova Scotia renewed the state of emergency until December 27th.  December 23rd, the Government renewed the state of emergency until January 10, 2021.
  • December 11th, the Government of Canada announced the non-essential travel restrictions between Canada and the United States remain in effect until January 21, 2021.
  • December 10th, the Government of Nunavut extended the territory’s public health emergency until December 24th. December 24th, the Government extended the public health emergency until January 7, 2021.
  • December 8th, the Government of British Columbia extended the provincial state of emergency until December 22nd. December 22nd, the state of emergency was extended to January 5, 2021.
  • December 8th, the Government of Yukon extended the state of emergency for 90 days.
  • December 4th, the Government of Manitoba extended the provincial state of emergency for a period of 30 days. December 8th, the Government extended public health orders until January 8, 2021. The Government also said the existing Critical (red) level restrictions had been extended.
  • December 3rd, the Government of the Northwest Territories extended the State of Emergency in the City of Yellowknife until December 18th and further extended the Statement of Emergency until January 14, 2021.   December 8th, the Government extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency until December 22nd and further extended the Public Health Emergency until   January 5, 2021.

November 2020

  • November 24th, the Government of Alberta declared a state of public health emergency.
  • November 19th, the Government of Canada extended non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until December 21, 2020. November 29th, the Government of Canada extended the Mandatory Isolation Order and temporary travel restrictions for all travelers seeking entry into Canada from a country other than the United States, until January 21, 2021.
  • November 12th, the Government of Nunavut extended the territory’s public health emergency until November 26th and further extended it until December 10th.
  • November 10th, the Government of the Northwest Territories extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency through November 24th. November 19th, the Government extended the State of Emergency in the City of Yellowknife through December 4th.
  • November 10th, the Government of British Columbia extended the provincial state of emergency until November 24th and further extended until December 8th.
  • November 6th, the Government of New Brunswick announced the state of emergency mandatory order was revised under the authority of the Emergency Measures Act.  November 13th, the state of emergency mandatory order was renewed. November 26th, the state of emergency was further renewed.
  • November 6th, the Government of Manitoba extended the province-wide state of emergency for a period of 30 days.

October 2020

  • October 30th, the Government of Nova Scotia renewed the state of emergency, effective November 1st to November 15th and further extended it until November 29th.  It was further extended until December 13th.
  • October 20th, the Government of Ontario extended most orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 until November 21, 2020.
  • October 19th, the Government of Canada extended non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until November 21, 2020.
  • October 14th, the Government of Northwest Territories extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency through October 27th. It was further extended until November 10, 2020.
  • October 13th, the Government of British Columbia extended the provincial state of emergency until October 27th and then further extended it until November 10, 2020.
  • October 9th, the Government of Ontario introduced additional targeted public health measures in the Ottawa, Peel, and Toronto public health unit regions. The Government said these modified Stage 2 restrictions would be for a minimum of 28 days.   October 17th, the Government of Ontario added York Region to those areas with higher community spread of COVID-19.
  • October 9th, the Government of Manitoba announced the province-wide state of emergency was extended for a period of 30 days.
  • October 2nd, the Government of Nova Scotia announced it was renewing the state of emergency to October 18th. It was further renewed to November 1st.
  • October 2nd, the Government of New Brunswick announced the state of emergency mandatory order was renewed under the authority of the Emergency Measures Act. The state of emergency was extended on October 16th and further extended on October 30th.
  • October 1st, the Government of Nunavut further extended the territory’s public health emergency until October 15th and further extended it until October 29th.

September 2020

  • September 29th, the Government of British Columbia further extended the state of emergency until October 13th.
  • September 29th, the Government of the Northwest Territories further extended the Public Health Emergency until October 10, 2020.
  • September 17th, the Government of Nunavut extended the public health emergency until October 1, 2020.
  • September 15th, the Government of British Columbia extended the state of emergency until September 29th.
  • September 15th, the Government of the Northwest Territories extended the Public Health Emergency until September 29th.
  • September 10, the Government of Manitoba announced on September 10th that it was extending the provincewide state of emergency for a period of 30 days.
  • September 9th, the Government of Yukon announced it was extending the state of emergency under the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA).
  • September 3rd, the Government of New Brunswick announced the state of emergency mandatory order was renewed.
  • September 3rd, the Government of Nunavut announced it had extended the territory’s public health emergency until September 17th.
  • September 1st, the Government of British Columbia announced it had formally extended the provincial state of emergency until September 15th.
  • September 1st, the Government of the Northwest Territories announced it had extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency until September 15th.

August 2020

  • August 21st, the Government of Nova Scotia it was renewing the state of emergency until September 6th.
  • August 21st, the Government of New Brunswick announced the state of emergency mandatory order was renewed.
  • August 21st, the Government of Nunavut announced it had extended the public health emergency until September 3rd.
  • August 20th, the Government of Ontario announced it was extending orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 to September 22, 2020.
  • August 18th, the Government of the Northwest Territories further extended the Public Health Emergency until September 1st.
  • August 18th, the Government of British Columbia further extended the state of emergency until September 1st.
  • August 12th, the Government of Manitoba announced it would extend the provincewide state of emergency for a period of 30 days.
  • August 8th, the Government of Nova Scotia it was renewing the state of emergency until August 23rd.
  • August 6th, the Government of Nunavut announced it had extended the territory’s public health emergency until August 20th.
  • August 5th, the Government of the Northwest Territories announced it had extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency until August 18th.
  • August 4th, the Government of British Columbia announced it had formally extended the provincial state of emergency until August 18th.

July 2020

  • July 23rd, the Government of Nunavut announced it had extended the territory’s public health emergency until August 6th.
  • July 23rd, the Government of Northwest Territories extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency.
  • July 21st, the Government of British Columbia further extended the state of emergency until August 4th.
  • July 16th, the Government of Ontario announced it had extended most emergency orders until July 29th.
  • July 14th, the Government of Manitoba announced it was extending the provincewide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act for a period of 30 days.
  • July 10th, the Government of Nova Scotia announced it was renewing the state of emergency until July 26th.
  • July 9th, the Government of Ontario announced it had extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made under s.7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) to July 22nd.
  • July 9th, the Government of Nunavut announced it had extended the territory’s public health emergency until July 23rd.
  • July 7th, the Government of British Columbia announced it had formally extended the provincial state of emergency until July 21st.
  • July 7th, the Government of the Northwest Territories announced it had extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency under the Northwest Territories’ Public Health Act and that it would not be extending the State of Emergency under the Emergency Management Act.

June 2020

  • June 27th, the Government of Ontario extended all emergency orders until July 10th.
  • June 24th, the Government of British Columbia announced it had formally extended the provincial state of emergency through the end of day on July 7th.
  • June 23rd, the Government of the Northwest Territories extended both the Public Health Emergency and the State of Emergency until July 8th.
  • June 17th, the Government of Ontario extended all emergency orders currently in force until June 30th.
  • June 15th, the Government of Manitoba announced it would extend the province-wide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act for a period of 30 days.
  • June 10th, the Government of British Columbia announced it had formally extended the provincial state of emergency through the end of day on June 23rd.
  • June 9th, the Government of the Northwest Territories announced it had extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency and the State of Emergency effective June 10th until June 23rd.
  • June 6th, the Government of Ontario announced that it had extended all emergency orders currently in force under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 19th.

May 2020

  • May 28th, the Government of New Brunswick announced the declaration of emergency under the Emergency Measures Act had been extended for another 14 days.
  • May 20th, the Government of Yukon announced that the Yukon Business Relief Program was being extended to provide continued support to Yukon businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • May 19th, the Government of Canada announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to allow more Canadian small businesses to access interest free loans that will help cover operating costs during a period when revenues have been reduced, due to the pandemic.
  • May 15th, the Government of Canada announced it would extend the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) by an additional 12 weeks to August 29, 2020.
  • May 15th, the Government of Manitoba announced it had extended a province-wide state of emergency under The Emergency Measures Act, effective May 17th for a period of 30 days.
  • May 13th, the Government of Alberta announced that some businesses and facilities could start to resume operations on May 14th in all areas except the cities of Calgary and Brooks.
  • May 13th, the Government of British Columbia announced it was extending the provincial state of emergency through May 26, 2020. On May 27th, the Government said it was extending the state of emergency until June 9th.
  • May 12th, the Government of Ontario announced it was extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 2nd. On May 27th, the Government extended all emergency orders in force under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 9th.
  • May 12th, the Government of the Northwest Territories announced that the territory-wide Public Health Emergency and the State of Emergency had been extended effective May 13 until May 26, 2020. On May 26th, the Government extended the emergencies until June 9th.
  • May 12th, the Government of Canada announced a series of measures to help Canadian seniors, including: Providing additional financial support of $2.5 billion for a one-time tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS); Expanding the New Horizons for Seniors Program with an additional investment of $20 million; and Temporarily extending GIS and Allowance payments if seniors’ 2019 income information has not been assessed.
  • May 11th, the Government of Canada announced measures to support large and medium-sized businesses, including: Establishing a Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF) to provide bridge financing to Canada’s largest employers; Expanding the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to mid-sized companies with larger financing needs, including loans of up to $60 million per company and guarantees of up to $80 million; and Continuing to provide financing to businesses through Farm Credit Canada, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), and Export Development Canada (EDC), including through the Canada Account.
  • May 10th, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced it would enter Alert Level 4 on May 11th which permits the gradual resumption of some activities and business operations.
  • May 9th, the Government of Ontario announced it was opening provincial parks and conservation areas for limited day-use access and that recreational activities would be limited to walking, hiking, biking, and birdwatching.
  • May 8th, the Government of Prince Edward Island announced a further easing of public health measures, which included permitting indoor and outdoor gatherings of a limited size, while maintaining physical distancing as much as possible.
  • May 8th, the Government of New Brunswick announced the province’s COVID-19 recovery plan had transitioned to the next phase, which includes the resumption of elective surgeries and the reopening of businesses and activities while working to prevent a resurgence of transmission.
  • May 7th, the Government of Manitoba announced it was increasing infrastructure investments by an additional $500 million as part of an economic stimulus package to help restart Manitoba’s economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • May 7th, the Government of Canada announced that all provinces and territories had confirmed, or were in the process of confirming, plans to cost share wage top-ups for their essential workers. The Government said it would provide up to $3 billion in support to increase the wages of low-income essential workers and that each province or territory would determine which workers would be eligible for support, and how much they would receive.
  • May 6th, the Government of British Columbia announced a phased approach to restarting the province. The Government said the province was currently in Phase 1 and that Phase 2 would begin in mid-May, which includes opening more non-essential businesses in keeping with safe operations plans.
  • May 5th, the Government of Canada announced measures within agriculture programs and an investment of more than $252 million to support farmers, food businesses, and food processors. The Government said it intends to propose an additional $200 million in borrowing capacity for the sector.
  • May 4th, gradually and slowly lifting restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • May 1st, the Government of Saskatchewan announced it will begin Phase 1 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan on
  • May 1st, the Government of Nova Scotia announced it was renewing the state of emergency under the authority of the Emergency Management Act effective May 3rd until May 17th.

April 2020

  • April 30th, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced A Foundation for Living with COVID-19, which includes five alert levels. The Government said that depending on which level the province is in, public health restrictions will be gradually relaxed and that the province would move to Alert Level 4 from Alert Level 5 on May 11th.
  • April 30th, the Government of Alberta announced the first incremental steps of a phased approach to reopen some businesses and services beginning May 4th.
  • April 29th, the Government of British Columbia announced it was extending the provincial state of emergency for the third time through May 12th.
  • April 29th, the Government of Manitoba announced it will begin a multi-phase effort in early May to gradually restore services, open some businesses and increase recreational opportunities.
  • April 28th, the Government of Prince Edward Island announced the Renew PEI, Together plan that outlines the guiding principles and phased approach to the reopening of businesses, services and public spaces, with the first phase beginning May 1st.
  • April 28th, the Government of Quebec announced the gradual reopening of various economic sectors in May.
  • April 27th, the Government of Quebec announced the gradual reopening of preschool, primary schools and educational childcare services from May 11th.
  • April 27th, the Government of Ontario announced A Framework for Reopening our Province which outlines the guiding principles for the gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces.
  • April 26th, the Government of Ontario announced that all publicly-funded schools will remain closed until at least May 31st.
  • April 24th, the City of Calgary announced that all public events have been cancelled until August 31, 2020, which includes the Calgary Stampede, due to COVID-19.
  • April 24th, the Government of Alberta announced The Site Rehabilitation Program – a $1 billion program mainly funded by the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan – that will provide grants to oilfield service contractors to perform well, pipeline, and oil and gas site reclamation work. The Government said the program is expected to create about 5,300 direct jobs and lead to the cleanup of thousands of sites.
  • April 24th, the Government of New Brunswick announced the first of four phases of New Brunswick’s recovery plan and the loosening of some public health restrictions. The Government said the phased plan will allow health experts to monitor and evaluate the impact of the lifting of restrictions, and that at any time restrictions that have been lifted may quickly be reinstated to protect public health.
  • April 24th, the Government of Canada announced it had reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program for small businesses. The Government said the program will lower rent by 75% for small businesses that have been affected by COVID-19.
  • April 23rd, the Government of Saskatchewan announced the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan, a phased approach to slowly lifting restrictions.
  • April 23rd, the Government of Ontario announced it was extending all emergency orders that had been put in place to date under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, until May 6th.
  • April 23rd, the Government of Canada announced more than $1 billion in support of a national medical research strategy to fight COVID-19 that includes vaccine development, the production of treatments, and tracking of the virus. The Government said the new funding builds on the $275 million investment for coronavirus research and medical countermeasures announced in March.
  • April 22nd, the Government of Manitoba announced it was providing up to $120 million to support Manitoba’s small and medium-sized businesses that are facing significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • April 22nd, the Government of Canada announced support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates, including the proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit and the new Canada Student Service Grant.
  • April 20th, the Government of Manitoba extended its state of emergency for an additional 30 days.
  • April 17th, the Government of Nova Scotia announced it was renewing the state of emergency under the authority of the Emergency Management Act until May 3rd.
  • April 16th, the Government of Canada announced new measures to support Canadian businesses, including:
    • Expanding the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to businesses that paid between $20,000 and $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019;
    • The intent to introduce the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program for small businesses to provide loans, including forgivable loans, to commercial property owners who in turn will lower or forgo the rent for small businesses for the months of April (retroactive), May, and June.
  • April 16th, the Government of Prince Edward Island declared a state of emergency and renewed the state of public health emergency. The Government of New Brunswick extended its state of emergency until April 30th.
  • April 15th, the Government of the Northwest Territories extended the territory-wide Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency until May 12th.
  • April 15th, the Government of Canada announced it will be changing the eligibility rules of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to:
    • Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB;
    • Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their usual seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak; and
    • Extend the CERB to workers who recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.
  • April 15th, the Bank of Canada announced it was maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 0.25%, continuing to purchase at least $5 billion in Government of Canada securities per week in the secondary market, and temporarily increasing the amount of Treasury Bills it acquires at auctions to up to 40%, effective immediately. The Bank also announced new measures to provide additional support to Canada’s financial system, including:
    • The development of a new Provincial Bond Purchase Program of up to $50 billion to supplement its Provincial Money Market Purchase Program;
    • A new Corporate Bond Purchase Program, in which the Bank will acquire up to a total of $10 billion in investment grade corporate bonds in the secondary market; and
    • Further enhancing its term repo facility to permit funding for up to 24 months.
  • April 14th, the Government of Saskatchewan announced it was implementing a series of relief measures for the provincial oil and gas sector in response to the unprecedented economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia.
  • April 11th, the Government of Canada announced that Bill C-14, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2, had received Royal Assent. The Government said this legislation includes additional flexibilities, announced on April 8, 2020, and that with these improvements, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will provide support to those eligible employers that are hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. CEWS would apply at a rate of 75% of the first $58,700 earned by employees – representing a benefit of up to $847 per week, per employee. The Government said that the program will be in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020.
  • April 5th, the Government of Quebec extended the closure of non-essential businesses until May 4th.

March 2020

  • March 27th, the Government of the Northwest Territories declared a territory-wide state of emergency, effective March 24, 2020. The Government of Manitoba also declared a state of emergency.
  • March 27th, the Government of Canada announced additional support for small businesses, including a 75% wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020; allowing businesses, including self-employed individuals, to defer all Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) payments until June; as well as a new Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan Guarantee program that will enable up to $40 billion in lending.
    • The Government said that these investments build on action already taken to address the outbreak, including the over $1 billion COVID-19 Response Fund and over $500 billion in credit and liquidity support coordinated by the Government, the Bank of Canada, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and commercial lenders.
  • March 23rd, the Government of British Columbia announced its COVID-19 Action Plan, which included $5 billion in income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services.
  • March 22nd, the Government of Nova Scotia declared a provincial state of emergency.
  • March 19th, the Government of New Brunswick declared a state of emergency.
  • March 18th the Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, and Nunavut declared public health emergencies. The Government of Saskatchewan declared a state of emergency.
  • March 17th the Governments of British Columbia and Alberta declared public health emergencies. The Government of Ontario declared a state of emergency.
  • March 16th, the Government of Prince Edward Island declared a public health emergency.
  • March 16th, the Government of Canada announced it was barring foreign nationals from all countries except the United States from entering Canada and that it was redirecting international passenger flight arrivals to four airports: Toronto Pearson International, Vancouver International, Montréal-Trudeau International, and Calgary International.
  • March 14th, the Government of Quebec declared a state of health emergency.
  • March 13th , The Government of Canada announced a coordinated package of measures being taken by financial sector partners to support the functioning of markets and continued access to financing for Canadian businesses. These included:
    • establishing a Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) to further support financing in the private sector through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC);
    • lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer requirement for domestic systemically important banks by 1.25% of risk weighted assets, effective immediately;
    • a new Bankers’ Acceptance Purchase Facility to support a key funding market for small- and medium-size businesses.
  • March 11th, the World Health Organization announced that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic

March 4th, the Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by 50 basis points to 1.25%. On March 13th, the Bank lowered its target for the overnight rate by 50 basis points to 0.75%. On March 27th, the Bank lowered its target for the overnight rate by an additional 50 basis points to 0.25%. The Bank also announced on March 27th that it had launched the Commercial Paper Purchase Program, designed to alleviate strains in short-term funding markets. In addition, the Bank said it will begin acquiring Government of Canada securities in the secondary market, and that purchases will begin with a minimum of $5 billion per week, across the yield curve.

Endnotes: Labour force characteristics * previously reported number

Source: Alberta Government  (AB  COVID-19 Data Export)  (Peak tracking)

╓ Source: Saskatchewan Government  (SK Daily Reports/Summaries on COVID-19) (Peak tracking)

┘ Source: Manitoba Government (MB COVID-19 Bulletins) (Peak tracking)

1 Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  (US Cases of COVID-19 Data)2 Ibid.3 Source: Government of Canada  (CAD Detailed Cases of COVID-19 Preliminary Data) 4 Source: World Health Organization (WHO COVID-2019 situation reports)WHO Assessed Contributions Overview for all Member States (March 2020)Members with Largest Outstanding Contributions (US $99.1M, China $28.7M, Japan $20.5M)WHO Notice of Assessment for Biennium 2020-2021 for Canada (Funding)WHO Notice of Assessment for Biennium 2020-2021 for US (Funding)WHO Audited Voluntary contributions by fund and by contributor (2018)**5 Ibid. 6 “… estimates of the risk for death from COVID-19 in China as of February 11, 2020, were as high as 12% in the epicenter of the epidemic and as low as ≈1% in the less severely affected areas in China. Because the risk for death from COVID-19 is probably associated with a breakdown of the healthcare system in the absence of pharmaceutical interventions (i.e., vaccination and antiviral drugs), enhanced public health interventions (including social distancing measures, quarantine, enhanced infection control in healthcare settings, and movement restrictions), as well as enhanced hygienic measures in the general population and an increase in healthcare system capacity, should be implemented to rapidly contain the epidemic.” See Mizumoto K, Chowell G. Estimating risk for death from 2019 novel coronavirus disease, China, January–February 2020. Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Jun. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2606.200233. 7 ” … estimated the case-fatality risk for 2019 novel coronavirus disease cases in China (3.5%); China, excluding Hubei Province (0.8%); 82 countries, territories, and areas (4.2%); and on a cruise ship (0.6%). Lower estimates might be closest to the true value, but a broad range of 0.25%–3.0% probably should be considered.” See Wilson N, Kvalsvig A, Telfar Barnard L, Baker MG. Case-fatality estimates for COVID-19 calculated by using a lag time for fatality. Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Jun. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2606.200320 8 ” … daily air travel volume positively correlates with imported-and-reported case counts of SARS-CoV-2 infection among high surveillance locations (Figure 1). We noted that increasing flight volume by 31 passengers/day is associated with 1 additional expected imported-and-reported case.” See De Salazar PM, Niehus R, Taylor A, O’Flaherty Buckee C, Lipsitch M. Identifying locations with possible undetected imported severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 cases by using importation predictions. Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Jul. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2607.200250 9 “SSEs [superspreading events] highlight a major limitation of the concept of R0. The basic reproductive number R0, when presented as a mean or median value, does not capture the heterogeneity of transmission among infected persons; 2 pathogens with identical R0 estimates may have markedly different patterns of transmission. Furthermore, the goal of a public health response is to drive the reproductive number to a value <1, something that might not be possible in some situations without better prevention, recognition, and response to SSEs. A meta-analysis estimated that the initial median R0 for COVID-19 is 2.79 (meaning that 1 infected person will on average infect 2.79 others), although current estimates might be biased because of insufficient data.” See Frieden TR, Lee CT. Identifying and interrupting superspreading events—implications for control of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Jun. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2606.200495. 10 StatsCan, “Canadian Economic News“(2020).

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