Now the only (or almost only) topic of conversation in Quebec, COVID-19 is disrupting the daily lives of the entire population. Several companies and organizations, governmental and not, have issued directives, sometimes mandatory and sometimes not, concerning sanitary measures with regards to COVID-19.

What about the different professional orders?

The Québec Bar Association [translated] announced, through the branches of the Superior Court and the Court of Quebec, the suspension of certain time limits as well as the suspension of certain legal services (read more).

The Professional Order of Physiotherapy of Quebec [translated] announced recommendations for all of its private clinics. Among these recommendations, the Order recommended that its members only receive patients with urgent conditions or requiring immediate care. For patients whose situations are not urgent, the Order recommended postponing appointments, consulting with tele-rehabilitation or offering exercise programs to follow at home.

The Quebec Order of Dentists [translated] following the Quebec government’s health emergency declaration, also issued clear directives to its professionals working in dental offices. All non-emergency appointments, such as appointments for elective dental treatment or preventive oral care, have to be postponed for a minimum of 14 days.

The Quebec Doctors’ College [translated] and the Quebec Order of Nurses [translated] have jointly decided to temporarily lift certain otherwise mandatory administrative requirements in order to join efforts to intervene as quickly as possible to limit the spread of the virus.

The Quebec Bar Association [translated], the Quebec Order of Dentists [translated] and several other professional orders have also implemented various measures to accommodate their members and to ensure – to the best of their ability – the health and safety of the general public. For example, some professional orders have extended the deadline for payment of annual fees by several weeks.

Be that as it may, the directives are numerous and the situation is changing very quickly in Quebec. If you have any doubts or questions regarding your rights or obligations especially in light of the changing COVID-19 situation, do not hesitate to contact one of the members of the Force-Légal team!