March 27, 2020 - Ottawa - In recent days, several provincial and territorial governments have issued emergency Orders requiring most employers to close their businesses on a temporary basis. Contractors are required to obey to these emergency Orders, unless the province or territory makes an exemption for particular essential industries. For example, Quebec has made such an exemption for defense contractors and suppliers, who can continue to operate their workplaces within that province.
Regardless of province or territory, should contractors be unable to meet the requirements of a contract, or operate their place of business as result of the pandemic, they should review their contracts for their duties (for example: regarding workplace health and safety) as well as their options (for example: Excusable Delay) and speak with their Contracting Officer as soon as possible.
It is also important to note that an Order by the federal government would take precedence over provincial or territorial Orders, but this has not been passed at this time. As with the provincial and territorial Orders, the federal government could make provisions for essential services in the near future.
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