How Do I? (Covid-19)
|This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. This page was last updated by Clicklaw team on May 21, 2020 - 02:30 PM PDT.|
This page provides links to information about legal-related issues not covered elsewhere in the Covid-19 Resources for British Columbians wikibook.
This list is a starting point and is not meant to be exhaustive. It is not intended to give legal advice on your particular legal problem.
|Find information on filing of court documents and applications during the recovery of some court operations here: BC Courts: Court Filings & Procedures|
I'm currently self-isolating. Can I still walk my dog?
Rebeka Breder of the Breder Law firm published this opinion article about protecting your pet's rights during the state of emergency, which gives some guidance about what to do when self-isolating with or without symptoms. Note this is not legal advice.
- Breder Law: Pet Rights Under COVID-19 Quarantine
What are my rights during the state of emergency?
Knowing your rights is always important, especially during times of crisis. The Office of the Human Rights Commissioner released a Q&A guide to employment, housing, and visitation rights which may give you some guidance during this time. The BC Human Rights Clinic has also published guidance for employers concerning human rights for their employees.
- Office of the Human Rights Commissioner: Frequently Asked Questions
- BC Human Rights Clinic: Top Ten Human Rights Tips for Employers during COVID-19
The BC Civil Liberties Association has also released several factsheets about your rights during the state of emergency, including your rights as a tenant, what kinds of powers the government has to make emergency orders, and what public health officers can do to enforce these orders.
- BCCLA: Your Rights in a Pandemic
How do I make sure I'm respecting privacy laws during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Privacy law still applies during the pandemic but they shouldn't be a barrier to access to information. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has published some guidance on how Canadian federal privacy laws can be applied during this public health crisis.
- The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada: Privacy and the COVID-19 outbreak
- The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is also available to answer questions remotely. Federal government institutions can contact the Office's Government Advisory Directorate via email at email@example.com. Organizations subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) can submit an online information request.
- Also see the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner of BC's statement on COVID-19.
My school is transitioning to online learning. How do I choose a learning platform that follows privacy law?
When choosing an online learning platform to use during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to make sure you are respecting privacy law. The Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner of BC has issued guidance on how to choose a platform that follows BC's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The BC government has recently released an order that allows the information of students and teachers to be stored outside of Canada without needing to ask consent to do so. Guidance around this order can be found in the statement issued by The Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner of BC.
- FIPPA and online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic
- You can contact The Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner of BC directly by phone or email. Please note they are not accepting in-person visits at this time.
- To find out more about the order released by the BC government regarding the storage of information outside of Canada, please read the government's news release: Order enables broader use of tech in COVID-19 response
I was told to bring my complaint/dispute to a tribunal. How do I find out about how they would respond to my case during the pandemic?
If you know which tribunal would deal with your case, you can use the list provided by BC Ministry of Attorney General. Their website provides links to Covid-19 responses from all the tribunals, boards, and commissions in BC.
Signing legal documents
How do I sign my legal document and have it witnessed during the current physical distancing situation?
BC Ministry of Attorney General: Remote execution of legal documents allowed during pandemic
- Two emergency orders, signed on May 19, 2020, temporarily suspend in-person execution requirements for wills and personal planning instruments, including representation agreements and enduring powers of attorney.
The following resources deal with signing your will:
- MyLawBC: Making your will with MyLawBC during COVID-19
- People's Law School: Preparing or Updating Your Will During Coronavirus
I'm returning to BC after travelling abroad. What do I need to do?
The BC Government has released information about requirements for international travelers. Unless you are an essential worker exempt from the federal Quarantine Act, you will need to submit a self-isolation plan prior to or upon your arrival in BC. You will then need to self-isolate for 14 days.
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