Category Archives: Covid-19 Resources

Covid-19 Resources, Lawyers at GGS Law Firm, located in Burlington

Resumption of Limitation Periods as of September 14, 2020

The limitation and procedural time periods that were suspended on March 16, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic will resume on September 14, 2020. As such, O. Reg. 73/20 Limitations Periods (under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17), will be rescinded as of September 14, 2020.

For more information, please visit the OBA website.

Lawyers Online – How to schedule client consultations and meetings

Lawyers Online - scheduling an online consultation or meeting.

For the safety of our staff, lawyers and clients:

  • No unscheduled visits or deliveries are permitted.
  • Client meetings and discussions will ONLY occur by phone or video-conferencing and must be scheduled in advance.
  • In-person meetings are ONLY for signing of documents - no discussions other than normal greetings exchanged.
  • Individuals attending the office MUST remain in the main floor meeting room and page or call upstairs to announce their arrival. Only 1 client at a time is permitted in the main floor meeting room to ensure physical distancing.
  • Clients are advised to bring their own pen otherwise a sanitized pen will be provided.

Do NOT come to the office if:

  1. you have travelled or live with someone who has recently travelled outside of Canada;
  2. in the past 2 weeks, you have exhibited or come into contact with anyone exhibiting flu or fever like symptons;
  3. in the past 2 weeks, you have participated in any group or social activity;
  4. in the past 2 weeks, you have been in contact with anyone that is suspected or tested positive for COVID 19.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this trying time.

GGS LAW values the health and safety of everyone as its #1 priority.

Be safe and be kind to one another.

Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers

As of Monday, March 30, government of Ontario introduced a temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers – here are the details:

The federal government’s temporary wage subsidy for employers has been evolving. Now, many small and medium-sized law firms will be eligible.

The initial announcement offered a subsidy of up to 10% and limited eligible employers to non-profit organizations, registered charities, and Canadian-controlled private corporations (CCPCs) whose taxable capital employed in Canada for the preceding taxation year was less than $15 million.

Bill C-13, adopted in Parliament on March 25, expanded the definition of eligible employers to include individuals (other than trusts) and partnerships:

a person or partnership that

  1. employs one or more eligible employees;
  2. has, on March 18, 2020, a business number in respect of which the person or partnership is registered with the Minister to make remittances required under this section; and
  3. is any of
    1. a Canadian-controlled private corporation for the purposes of section 125 that
      1. would have a business limit for its last taxation year that ended before the start of the eligible period greater than nil, if the amount determined for paragraph 125(5.‍1)‍(b) were deemed to be nil, or
      2. if the corporation does not have a taxation year that ended before the start of the eligible period, would meet the condition in clause (A) if its taxation year ended immediately before the start of the eligible period,
    2. an individual (other than a trust),
    3. a partnership, all of the members of which are described in subparagraphs (i) to (iii) or (v),
    4. a person exempt from tax under Part I because of paragraph 149(1)‍(l), and
    5. a registered charity.

The government announced on March 27 that the wage subsidy will be up to 75% for qualifying businesses, for up to three months, retroactive to March 15. More details on eligibility criteria will be available soon and will start with the impact of COVID-19 on sales.

COVID-19 Impact on Residential & Commercial Tenancies


The Ontario government hasn’t provided any assistance yet to commercial tenants. There is mounting public and media pressure to get something done before April 1st. Media reports have been urging commercial landlords to be lenient with their tenants and show some compassion such as:

  • Rent deferrals;
  • Rent abatements;
  • Alternative pay structure;
  • Short term arrangements.

Read more about COVID-19 impacts on commercial tenancies


This is a collection of information on what the Province of Ontario is doing or intending to do for residential tenancies in dealing with the fallout of the COVID-19 crisis:

NOTE: Despite Premier Doug Ford’s announcements to protect residential tenants, No formal policy details have yet been unveiled by the government.


  • March 19, 2020: Ford announces suspensions of all evictions;
  • March 19, 2020: LTB suspends all hearings relating to eviction applications, the issuance of eviction orders etc…
  • March 26, 2020: The Government of Ontario issued an Emergency Order suspending limitation periods and procedural time periods relevant to tribunal proceedings;
  • March 26, 2020: Doug Ford announced that Ontario tenants who don’t pay rent on April 1st won’t be evicted, but this is only for emergencies. Premier Doug Ford’s point is that people should not have to decide between paying rent and putting food on the table.

Read more about COVID-19 impacts on commercial tenancies



This is a message to our friends, family, and clients on what we – the staff and lawyers – at GREEN GERMANN SAKRAN / GGS LAW are doing in response to the COVID–19 pandemic.

GGS clients and employees are always our top priority. Rest assured that we are taking all necessary precautions and closely monitoring the (COVID-19) situation with Public Health Announcements so that we conduct business with peace of mind.

Read about our COVID-19 Policy

Safety and hygiene are cornerstones of GGS values and how we operate our office. Given the acute concerns with containing the spread of COVID-19, we recognize the importance of being vigilant to clean and disinfect. We are taking proactive and preventative measures to protect against exposure to the virus in our office.

As early as last Monday, March 9 – all staff and lawyers met to discuss and brainstorm ideas on what we need to do to ensure the continued health and safety of each and every one of our staff, lawyers, and clients.

We immediately drafted and implemented office policy and procedures that have evolved as the situation evolved.

Here is an up-to-date account of what we are doing:

  • We have discontinued handshaking or any form of touching and mindful of not touching our face or each other;
  • We are respectful of each other’s personal space – ensuring to maintain a meter distance apart – and not violating the other person`s work station area by not touching their equipment or areas;
  • We routinely sanitize our personal workspace – mouse, keyboard, monitor, phone handset, desk, countertops, and routinely clean and sanitize all areas of our office;
  • We have placed sanitization products (such as lotions and wipes) throughout the office (front desk, offices, and waiting areas) and provided staff and lawyers with latex gloves;
  • We are disinfecting and sanitizing all usable surfaces (ie. tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, pens, and debit machines);
  • We routinely discuss and review our health and safety procedures to ensure we are doing everything necessary to ensure the health and safety of each other and our clients;
  • We are informing our clients of those measures and procedures;
  • We are not sharing pens;
  • We are conducting ALL client meetings and consultations via ZOOM or SKYPE video conferencing and providing clients with an email link to download either of these video conferencing platforms:
  • Where “in-office” attendances are necessary:
    • We are screening clients to ensure they do not attend if they are sick or experiencing a fever or flu-like symptoms;
    • We are restricting client attendances to our one (1) main floor meeting room which is sanitized before and after each meeting;
    • We wear a fresh pair of latex gloves during in-person client meetings;
    • We provide the client with a sanitized pen to use;
  • Client attendances are intentionally kept as brief as possible and restricted to the signature of documents only (IN/OUT is the idea);
    • The conversational aspects of reviewing, explaining, and amending documents are conducted in advance of client attendances by video and/or telephone conferencing;
    • Where there are multiple clients – such as spouses/business partners/co-executors – we are staggering their entry to the meeting room;
  • By restricting client attendances to one office on the main floor, it is allowing us to better control the health and safety of that area for clients – and ensuring that the larger upstairs work area of staff and lawyers remains safe;
  • We are constantly and frequently washing and sanitizing our hands and everything we touch. As much as possible, we are conscious of not touching our mouth and nose;
  • We are regularly discussing and assessing if we need to modify what we are doing and if we need to add or modify our procedures;
  • We are not forcing staff or lawyers to work – and yet, the consensus is we WANT to be here – and that is primarily because we feel safe in all that we are doing;
  • We are mindful of everyone and their personal space and our shared responsibility to remain vigilant in all that we do and how we conduct business.

At GGS LAW, we value the health and safety of every individual.

We are and will continue to do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of all concerned.

And if you have any questions, simply call me at 905-639-1222 or email me at or send me a meeting invite via ZOOM or SKYPE.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding – we are a caring and thoughtful society – I know we will get through this together.

Karmel Sakran
Managing Lawyer