Continuing Work: COVID-19

In line with public health guidance for gradual resumption of business across Canada, National Defence has assessed its Business Resumption Plan to determine the required steps and conditions for resuming work. This page contains up-to-date information for All Defence Team members regarding resuming work, and will be regularly updated as new information and resources becomes available, so you are encouraged to check this page often.

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Messages from the Deputy Minister (DM) and Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS)

CDS/DM Directive on DND/CAF Operating and Reconstituting in a Persistent COVID-19 Environment

The CDS/DM Directive on DND/CAF Operating and Reconstituting in a Persistent COVID-19 Environment applies to all DND employees, all officers and non-commissioned members of the CAF, and any persons granted access to Defence establishments in accordance with the Defence Controlled Access Area Regulations.

DM/CDS Initiating Directive on Transitioning to a Hybrid Workforce to Support Full Business Resumption for Defence Team Public Service Employees

This Initiating Directive applies to all Public Service employees of the Department of National Defence (DND) and to all managers of DND Public Service employees, including Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) managers of DND Public Service employees.


Defence Team COVID-19 FAQs

You most likely have a lot of questions about how COVID-19 affects our day-to-day activities. These FAQs may address some of your questions about functioning in a persistent COVID-19 environment. We encourage you to speak with your manager/chain of command, as they will have the most up to date information specific to your team and region.

Ask anything

Are you a Defence Team member or family member with a question about business resumption that hasn’t been answered by either your manager, your chain of command, or the available resources? If so, feel free to use this form to submit your questions. We will collect questions and publish answers asap to address common concerns across the Defence Team.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)

Information Management (IM) / Information Technology (IT)

OHS Conditions for Business Resumption Planning

This document is to be used by L1's in the development of their business resumption plans. It includes structural context for L1 engagement with local Workplace Health and Safety Committees.

IT Resources

Resources and guides for working remotely, including information on Defence 365.


FAQs: Information Management (IM) and Information Technology (IT)


Key messaging

Key messaging that can be leveraged during team meetings and in communication products.

Helpful Links & Resources

Regularly updated information and key resources regarding Business Resumption and working in a COVID-19 environment.

COVID-19 Training & Courses

Online training to support members of the Defence Team in their knowledge and practices related to teleworking and COVID awareness.

Email templates

Email template messages that supervisors and commands can use to communicate with their staff about the current posture and direct them to resources for added support and information.

Resource For Managers: Managing Hybrid Employees

This resource is intended to equip managers with inclusionary skills, strategies, information and resources to be ready for DND's transition to hybrid work and to prepare for employee questions that may arise.

Toolkits – COVID-19

Guides for L1/Commands to inform Defence Team members (military and civilian) on Hybrid work, resources, and key messaging. 

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