COVID-19 Updates

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To help reduce the spread of COVID -19, the Law Society offices are currently closed until  further notice, with a work at home plan for all employees in effect. We remain available to assist you either by email or phone. For additional information, please check our contact page. Please note, our response times may be slower than usual but we appreciate your patience.

Posted: June 5, 2020 

COVID – 19 Update: Emergency Measure Checklists, Reminders and Supports

Emergency Order Checklists & Webinar

Checklists for the new Order under the Emergency Measures Act on the Suspension of In-Person Commissioning or Witnessing of Documents have been published on the Law Society website. Last Friday’s online CPD presentation provided further information on these checklists and other practical advice to assist the profession in navigating these circumstances. If you were unable to attend this free session, a recording of this program is now available through CPDonline.

Expired Fast Track Cards

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Law Society offered a two-month extension on the expiration date for Fast Track Photo ID Cards. As of Monday, June 1, a renewed 2020 Fast Track Photo ID Card is required to gain access to the lawyers’ entrance at the Law Courts Building. Expired cards will be confiscated by the Sheriff’s Officers and you will be denied entry.

Please contact Shari Lough at for further information on obtaining a new card.

Financial support

The Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan includes a variety of financial support programs. The Law Society of Ontario has compiled a list of those programs that may be available to the legal profession. This includes CERB, a taxable income replacement benefit, wage subsidies, and interest-free loans for small businesses to assist with operational costs. For further information, please visit our regularly updated COVID-19 FAQ page.

Blue Cross Resource for Returning to Work during COVID-19

As businesses slowly reopen their doors, it remains important to prioritize our health and well-being. Returning to the workplace amidst the pressures, anxieties and changes of the pandemic can be challenging. Manitoba Blue Cross has developed a helpful resource to assist with the transition providing answers to common questions and concerns for Returning to Work during COVID-19.

Posted: May 22, 2020 

Emergency Order – Checklists for Actions that Must be Taken in the Presence of a Person

Several statutes contain provisions that require an action to be taken only in the presence of a person. Effective Wednesday, May 13, 2020 the provincial government issued an Order that suspends operation of such provisions. Instead, the required actions will be valid if taken through a glass or plexiglass partition or by video conferencing and if specific steps are followed as set out in the Schedule to the Order.

To assist the profession, the Law Society used the Order’s schedule to create separate checklists that relate to the following specific actions, setting out what steps must be taken in each case:

  1. Taking an Oath or Affirmation or Making a Statutory Declaration
    – subsections 64(1) and 64(4) of The Manitoba Evidence Act
  2. Signing a Will
    – section 4 of The Wills Act.
  3. Giving a Power of Attorney
    – clauses 10(1)(b) and (c) and 10(2)(a) and (b) of The Powers of Attorney Act 
  4. Signing a Health Care Directive
    – subsection 8(2)(b) of The Health Care Directives Act
  5. Giving Consent to a Disposition, Change or Release of a Homestead, or Terminating a Release of Homestead
    – section 9, 11, 13. 22 or 23 of The Homesteads Act

For more information on these checklists and other practical considerations, register for this free CPDonline course Executing Documents Remotely  jointly presented by the Law Society and the Manitoba Bar Association on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Although the Order also referenced the execution of transfers and mortgages, the Law Society has not created checklists as the Directive on Witnessing documents under The Real Property Act during Covid-19 dated April 1, 2020 has been extended to July 14, 2020 and may be extended further. For information see this latest  LSM update Video Witnessing of Land Titles Documents.