How Canada's provincial and territorial legislatures have adapted to COVID-19

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How Canada's provincial and territorial legislatures have adapted to COVID-19

Many of the responsibilities most vital for responding to the current crisis, such as healthcare, education, and workplace safety, belong to provincial and territorial governments.

And yet, despite their varying size, capacity, and partisan balance, all of Canada's 13 subnational governments have struggled to adapt to radically altered circumstances.

Each province and territory has experienced COVID-19 differently—from case counts to closures to contact-tracing capabilities. In this week's edition of the Democracy Monitor, we examine how their legislatures have experienced the pandemic.


In the report, we set out to answer the following questions:

  • When did legislatures close?
  • How often have they met?
  • How are they keeping governments accountable, even when they aren’t able to physically meet?
  • When will they return to non-COVID-related business?


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blue-10.png  Catch our virtual event on May 28th

Read the report and then log in to Zoom at 12:00 pm EDT this Thursday to hear how Canada's provincial and territorial legislatures have adapted to the crisis with on-the-ground experts from the Northwest Territories, New Brunswick, and Ontario.


Hosted by the Samara Centre's Paul EJ Thomas, our special guests will include:

  • Julie Green, Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories;
  • JP Lewis, associate professor of political science at the University of New Brunswick Saint John; and
  • Sabrina Nanji, journalist covering Ontario politics from the legislative press gallery, and former democracy reporter for The Toronto Star.

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blue-10.png  Catch up on what we're reading

For more on democracy in a state of emergency, check out these reading suggestions from our research team:

Stay safe,

Kendall Anderson
Executive Director

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