COVID-19 Resources

To help you focus on what is most important to issuers during these unprecedented times, we have developed a resource page. Below, you will find relevant resources to inform you of the impact of COVID-19 is having on issuers and IROs. If you know of a resource that should be added, please contact Yvette Lokker.

Upcoming Events

CIRI Connect, June 10, 2020
Communicating Effectively During a Crisis Webinar, June 18, 2020

CIRI Resources

Sustainability & Corporate Governance Webcast, May 21, 2020
Debtholder Relations in a Pandemic: Are You Prepared for What Comes Next? (members only), IR focus, May 19, 2020
Virtual AGM Dos & Don'ts, May 5, 2020
COVID-19 Member Survey, April 30, 2020
Virtualizing Your AGM Amid COVID-19 Free Webcast & Podcast, March 31, 2020
COVID-19 Member Survey, March 17, 2020
COVID-19 Member Survey, March 12, 2020
Critical Incident Management Plan, Rogers Communications, CIRI's IR eLibrary
Crisis Communications Management, Rogers Communications, CIRI's IR eLibrary
Sample Crisis Communications and Media Relations Plan, Southern Arc Minerals Inc., CIRI's IR eLibrary

Regulatory & Government Resources

Canadian securities regulators remind issuers of importance of disclosure in financial reporting, May 29, 2020
Temporary relief from certain regulatory filings available to registrants and unregistered capital markets participants due to COVID-19, May 29, 2020
Temporary relief from certain regulatory filings available to investment funds and non-investment fund issuers due to COVID-19, May 20, 2020
CSA Staff Notice 51-360: FAQs Regarding Filing Extension Relief Granted by Way of a Blanket Order in Response to COVID-19, May 13, 2020
Canadian securities regulators provide temporary relief to public companies with delayed annual meetings due to COVID-19, May 1, 2020
British Columbia Corporate Meetings Order - Ministerial Order No. M116, April 24, 2020
Joint statement by CSA and IIROC on recent volatility in Canadian equity markets, April 9, 2020
Government of Ontario Emergency Order re; Corporate Meetings (i.e. AGMs), April 1, 2020
TMX Staff Notice to Applicants, Listed Issuers, Securities Lawyers and Participating Organizations, March 23, 2020
Canadian securities regulators publish blanket relief for market participants due to COVID-19, March 23, 2020
Canadian securities regulators provide guidance on conducting Annual General Meetings during COVID-19 outbreak, March 20, 2020
Canadian securities regulators to provide blanket relief for market participants due to COVID-19, March 18, 2020
TMX Staff Notice to Applicants, Listed Issuers, Securities Lawyers and Participating Organizations, March 16, 2020
Canadian securities regulators provide update on COVID-19 and potential filing delays by reporting issuers, March 16, 2020

Legal Resources

Room to Move: Delaying Continuous Disclosure Obligations in 2020, Osler, Hoskins & Harcourt LLP, May 19, 2020
Corporate Finance During COVID-19: Considerations for Raising Capital During a Time of Crisis, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, May 6, 2020
COVID-19 and Corporate Governance: Leading Proxy Advisors Weigh In, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, May 5, 2020
The Employer’s COVID-19 Return to the Workplace Playbook, Osler, May 4, 2020
Earnings Calls in the Age of COVID-19: Proceed with Caution, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, May 1, 2020
Shareholder Meeting Procedure in a Virtual Age – What to Expect, McCarthy Tetrault LLP, May 1, 2020
COVID-19 Checklist: 51 Issues for Public Company Directors and Officers to Consider, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, May 1, 2020
Anatomy of a COVID-19 Risk Factor, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, April 28, 2020
COVID-19: Some Novel Advice to the Board, Blake, Cassels & Graydon, April 24, 2020
Canada Still Open for Business Despite New COVID-19 Policy, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, April 23, 2020
Update - Public Disclosure in the Time of COVID-19, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, April 21, 2020
Disclosure Considerations for Reporting Issuers as a Result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer. LLP, April 20, 2020
Share Buybacks During COVID-19: Considerations for Public Companies, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, April 7, 2020
Holding a Shareholder Meeting when Shareholders Can't Meet, Hansell McLaughlin Advisory Group, April 2, 2020
Crisis Management and the Heightened Risk of Insider Trading and Tipping, Langlois Lawyers LLP, March 31, 2020
Governance Considerations for Boards of Directors during the COVID-19 Crisis, Torys LLP, March 25, 2020
COVID-19 and AGM Virtual Meeting Planning, Torys LLP, March 16, 2020
Will the Coronavirus Spark a New Era of Virtual Shareholder Meetings in Canada?, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, March 16, 2020
COVID-19: Public Company Operations, Governance and Disclosure Considerations, Stikeman Elliott LLP, March 5, 2020

IR-Related Resources from CIRI Sponsors

Shareholder Meetings - In Person, Virtual and Hybrid, Olympia Trust, June 2, 2020
We May Not Know When, But We Can Plan, Business Wire, May 26, 2020
Is COVID-19 Affecting ESG Integration? A Canadian Investor Perspective, Millani, May 26, 2020
Communications in the Age of COVID-19: What Conditions the Efficiency of the Communications Strategy?, Business Wire, May 19, 2020
Six Trends from Earnings Season Under Covid-19, IR Magazine, May 19, 2020
The “New Normal" Will Simply Be Normal, Rose & Company, May 13, 2020
Webcasting Use Cases in a Social Distancing World, PGi, May 12, 2020
IROs Adopting Virtual Meetings En Masse, Study Finds, IR Magazine, May 5, 2020
Small Caps Ramp Up Investor and Sell-side Outreach, IR Magazine, May 1, 2020
How to Pull Off Your Virtual Earnings Call, IR Magazine, April 28, 2020
Investor Relations Communication in a Time of Crisis: 6 Areas to Focus On, Business Wire, April 22, 2020
CFOs Gain Clarity Over How to Report on COVID-19, Says Survey, IR Magazine, April 21, 2020
A Shock to the System, CIBC Asset Management, April 16, 2020
Cost-Benefit of Virtual vs. In-Person Meetings, PGi, April 15, 2020
Focus on Stakeholder Value Amid Covid-19 Uncertainty, Investor Group Says, IR Magazine, April 6, 2020
The Math of the Aftermath: Looking Past the Corona Shock, CIBC, April 3, 2020
COVID-19: Economic Perspective (video), CIBC, April 3, 2020
To Postpone or Go Virtual? Companies Adapt Investor Day Plans due to COVID-19 Lockdown, IR Magazine, April 3, 2020
ESG and the Culture Imperative, Millani, April 2020
Drafting a Playbook in Real Time – COVID-19 & Investor Communications, Rose & Company, March 30, 2020
Buy-side Corporate Access Leaders Praise IR Flexibility Amid COVID-19 Disruption, IR Magazine, March 18, 2020
Investor Relations in the Time of Corona, Rose & Company, March 10, 2020
COVID-19 and its Connection to ESG, Millani, March 2020
How to Forge Trust with Video Conferencing, PGi, December 19, 2019

IR-Related Resources from the Media & Investment Community

Disclosures Amid COVID-19: “None of This Has Been Done Before”, CFO, May 6, 2020
This is How to Talk to Investors About COVID-19, FEI, May 3, 2020
Comments to the SEC on Public Company Disclosure Considerations and Shareholder Engagement/Virtual Shareholder Meetings in the COVID-19 Pandemic Context, Council of Institutional Investors, May 3, 2020
Managing Through COVID-19: Six Imperatives for CFOs, CFO, April 27, 2020
ESG and COVID-19: Four Market Trends, Investment Executive, April 20, 2020
Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), April 8, 2020
How Boards Can Prepare for Post-Pandemic Activism, Corporate Secretary, April 6, 2020
Activists Will Show Their True Colors in COVID-19 Pandemic, Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, April 1, 2020
Immediate Glass Lewis Guidelines Update on Virtual-Only Meetings due to COVID-19, Glass Lewis, March 31, 2020
Dynamic Cash-Flow Forecasting - A Must-Have in Times of Crisis, CFO, March 31, 2020
Issuers Explore Virtual AGMs Amid COVID-19 Uncertainty, Corporate Secretary, March 16, 2020
Dealmaking in a Pandemic, Institutional Investor, March 15, 2020

Work-related Resources

3 Ways Unified Communications Supports Remote Workers, PGi, May 15, 2020
Anxious about COVID-19 and returning to work? Here's what you need to know, CBC News, May 6, 2020
What offices might look like in a post-COVID world, CBC News, May 2, 2020
What COVID-19 Has Revealed About Working Remotely, CFO, April 30, 2020
Fine-Tuning Your Virtual Skills, Korn Ferry, April 23, 2020
Working From Home With Kids: Navigating the New Normal, PGi, April 21, 2020
10 Considerations for Transitioning Back to Work in a Post-COVID-19 World, Gensler, April 20, 2020

Health & Wellbeing Resources

6 Tips for Managing Your Mental Health While WFH, PGi, May 27, 2020
Epidemiological Summary of COVID-19 Cases in Canada, Government of Canada
Coronavirus in Canada: These charts show how our fight to 'flatten the curve' is going, Maclean’s
Daily Situation Reports, World Health Organization
COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic, Worldometer
How to wear a medical mask safely, World Health Organization
5 ways to help keep children learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF