COVID-19 Legislation

This page was updated November 26, 2020.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak both the BC and Federal governments have passed emergency legislation.  This page will collect links to those statutes and capture some basic information about their passage into law.

Provincial - British Columbia

The BC Government has emergency powers under the Public Health Act (SBC 2008 c. 28) and the Emergency Program Act (RSBC 1996 c.111).  Orders made under the Public Health Act can be made orally during the emergency.  A collection of orders made under the act can be found on the Office of the Provincial Health Officer’s Current Health Topics page.

Ministerial Orders released by the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General in relation to the state of emergency can be found on BCLaws beginning with order 2020_M082.

The following Ministerial Orders have been made in relation to COVID-19: M082-M086, M089, M091, M093, M094, M098, M105, M114, M115, M116, M120, M121, M128, M133, M138, M139, M150, M152, M159, M161, M162, M166, M167, M168, M179, M180, M183, M192, M193, M195, M220, M248, M257, M307, M309, M314, M321, M330, M358, M376, M381, M382, M389, M405, M416, M419, M420 and M425..

News updates from the Public safety and Solicitor General can be found on BC Gov News.

The latest news update is from Nov 24, 2020, Province extends emergency, introduces mask enforcement measures.

A listing of COVID-19 related regulations, orders in council and ministerial orders (though not exhaustive) can also be found on BC Laws.

The following acts have been passed since the emergency was declared:

Title Chapter number Bill number Royal assent date
(Coming into Force)
Supply Act (No 2) 2020 2020 SBC 5 Bill 15 Mar. 23, 2020
Employment Standards Amendment Act (No 2), 2020 2020 SBC 6 Bill 16 Mar. 23, 2020
COVID-19 Related Measures Act 2020 SBC 8 Bill 19 July 8, 2020
Economic Stabilization (COVID-19) Act 2020 SBC 19 Bill 18 Aug. 14, 2020


The BC Courts have released several notices concerning their operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. Each court has an index page collecting these notices:

A list of general emergency support and information from the province can be found here.


The Federal Government draws its emergency powers from the Emergencies Act (RSC 1985 c. 22 (4th Supp.) and the Quarantine Act (SC 2005, c. 20)

The following acts have been passed since the emergency was declared:

Title Chapter number Bill number Royal assent date
(Coming into Force)

An Act Respecting Certain Measures in Response to COVID-19
(COVID-19 Emergency Response Act)

SC 2020 c. 5 Bill C-13 Mar 25, 2020
A second Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19 (COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2) SC 2020 c. 6 Bill C-14 Apr 11, 2020
An Act respecting Canada emergency student benefits (coronavirus disease 2019) SC 2020 c. 7 Bill C-15 May 1, 2020
An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures  SC 2020 c. 11 Bill C-20 Jul 27, 2020

An Act relating to certain measures in response to COVID-19 (COVID-19 Response Measures Act)

SC 2020 c.12 Bill C-4 Oct 2, 2020
An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy) SC 2020 c. 13 Bill C-9 Nov 10, 2020



Municipalities have legislation which allows them to declare emergencies and take action in a crisis.  On May 26, 2020 the Provincial Government suspended all municipal states of emergency, except for the city of Vancouver, citing a need to centralize a response province-wide in Ministerial Order M083.  Vancouver’s emergency powers are granted in s.173 of the Vancouver Charter.