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The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is causing significant disruptions across all industries in Canada and many are finding themselves planning for an uncertain future. We appreciate the complexity of issues stemming from the outbreak and the speed with which the situation is developing.

This section of our website serves as a central location for all updates, documentation, publications, and information concerning COVID-19.

Our lawyers are closely monitoring new developments and our firm intends to keep clients updated on specific client matters and general information as the situation continues to evolve.

If you have any questions for our COVID-19 team, please feel free to email covid19@mross.com

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COVID-19 Virtual Legal Clinic - April 24, 2020

COVID-19 Legal Clinic offering pro bono advice on COVID-19 related topics to local small business and not for profit organizations.

McLennan Ross LLP Technology Solutions - April 2, 2020

We would like to inform you of our technology capabilities during a pandemic. Please refer to the above article for full details.

Court Closures and Adjournments Update - March 23, 2020

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench - Alberta Court of Queen's Bench has extended closure until May 1, 2020. The Court will make no new bookings on any non-emergency or non-urgent matter.

Court Closures and Adjournments Update - March 19, 2020

Land Titles Offices in Calgary and Edmonton have closed in-person counter services. The remainder of their business operations continues to operate as usual. More information can be found by clicking here.

Court of Queen's Bench Civil is not filing any Applications at this time and Provincial Court Civil is only doing emergency filing at the counter. Provincial Court clerks will still accept filings of claims by mail regardless of the matters' urgency. 

Filing Masters Chambers Applications Update - Until further notice, all upcoming Applications will be filed as TBD rather than a certain date. If parties have an emergency hearing, they should be directed to Hermosa. All Adjournments for any future dates will still be adjourned sine die at this point.

Court Closures and Adjournments - March 18, 2020

As previously mentioned in our Special Announcement on March 16, the Calgary and Alberta Court system is now closed. To provide you with easily accessible information on Courts, Boards and Tribunals we have compiled a list below. In some instances, we will see previously scheduled matters and hearings rescheduled or attempts made to have these matters dealt with via phone videoconference. Please visit the links below to determine whether you are impacted by these closures or communicate with your lawyer to work on a new plan.

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench 

Alberta Human Rights Commission

Alberta Labour Relations Board

Court of Appeal of Alberta

Provincial Court of Alberta

Workers Compensation Board


COVID-19 Update: A Message from McLennan Ross - March 16, 2020

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is causing significant disruptions across all industries in Canada and many are finding themselves planning for an uncertain future. We appreciate the complexity of issues stemming from the outbreak and the speed with which the situation is developing.

We at McLennan Ross have two main objectives as the situation evolves: ensuring the safety and well-being of our lawyers, staff, clients, and visitors to our office, and continuing to provide guidance to our clients through this uncertain terrain. We are closely monitoring new developments and adhering to the recommendations of public health authorities. At this time, all three of our offices remain open.

We have put in place the following measures to promote a safe and healthy workplace, and continue to serve our clients without disruption:

  • We have encouraged all lawyers, staff and visitors to practice proper hand hygiene, particularly frequent hand washing. Hand sanitizer is readily available throughout our offices.
  • We have asked all lawyers and staff to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, and to stay home when ill.
  • We are limiting in person meetings and replacing with telephone or video-conference, whenever possible.
  • We are ensuring the firm is as digitally-enabled as possible in the event lawyers and staff are required to work from home.
  • We have imposed travel restrictions and are now limiting non-essential work travel outside of Alberta.
  • We are monitoring personal travel and are encouraging lawyers and staff to follow local and government guidelines as they evolve.
  • All firm members are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days if returning from outside of Canada.

We would like to bring to your attention that, as of March 15th, 2020, a State of Emergency has been declared in Calgary and the Alberta Court system is now closed.

All non-essential matters (Justice and Masters Chambers, half day Special Chambers, Case Conferences and trials) are adjourned sine die at least until March 30, 2020. If you have a matter that has an application scheduled to be heard over the next two weeks, it is automatically adjourned and Counsel will have to work out the next date for the Application by consent or rebook that Application after March 30, 2020.

All JDRs, Pre-trial Conferences and Case Management bookings are cancelled and Counsel will have to reschedule once the Court is taking those bookings.

Our firm intends to keep our clients updated on both specific client matters and generally as the situation continues to evolve.

You can find our most recent updates by clicking the links below. We will continue to update our website with important information, developments and their implications.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our response and how this will impact our service, please reach out to your regular lawyer at our firm. A directory of our lawyers’ contact information can be found here.

We wish you, your colleagues and family the best during this difficult period of time.

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To assist small businesses with a number of questions or issues related to COVID-19, we have created Small Business Guides for Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Please view one of our guides below for more information.

The Small Business Guide to Coping with COVID-19 - Alberta Edition

The Small Business Guide to Coping with COVID-19 - Northwest Territories Edition

The Small Business Guide to Coping with COVID-19 - Nunavut Edition

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