Government of Canada work and worksites: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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Introduction

While the COVID-19 pandemic presents ongoing challenges for Canadians and for the public service, we are managing COVID-19 as part of our ongoing operations and continuing to deliver key programs and services to Canadians.

Public health authorities have signaled that physical distancing requirements must remain in place. This means that many public service employees will continue to work remotely, and effectively, for the foreseeable future.

How we are supporting employees

We continue to support employees with:

Access to federal worksites

The physical and psychological health and safety of employees is paramount. Decisions regarding access to federal worksites are being made based on government-wide guidance, and take into consideration the local public health situation and the nature of the work. Access for employees varies from organization to organization, based on their operational requirements.

You can expect that

  • you will receive regular updates as information becomes available
  • you will be kept up to date leading up to any changes to your current situation
  • in most cases, the workforce will continue to include both employees working on-site and working remotely
  • training and job aids from your organization and the Canada School of Public Service will continue to be available to support you and your teams

Your organization will continue to

  • support those who are working remotely with the equipment and access needed to do their work
  • provide information about access to worksites
  • oversee operations in consideration of the need to
    • be inclusive
    • support productivity
    • deliver critical services
    • maximize working remotely
    • ensure mental and physical safety
    • respect employees’ accommodation and accessibility requirements

What we need from you

  • follow public health measures including hand hygiene, physical distancing and follow local public health direction to and from the worksite and outside the worksite
  • stay home when showing symptoms identified by health authorities
  • take care of your personal mental health, such as taking a self-assessment through the Wellness Together Canada portal to find available supports
    • if your mental or emotional health is suffering, access EAP or a health care professional (e.g. a family doctor)
  • while working remotely, take all health, safety, and security precautions in accordance with all laws, policies and regulations, and maintain regular contact with your manager and colleagues

Learn more about employee roles and responsibilities.

In federal worksites, the focus is on the health and well-being of employees who are using the spaces. This includes:

  1. Cleanliness – especially of high-touch surfaces and areas
  2. Physical (social) distancing – so that employees can move around the worksite at a safe distance from each other (minimum two meters)

What’s next

Your organization will continue to:

  • implement measures to reduce the risk of virus transmission (for example, physical distancing, flexible work schedules, protective barriers, etc.)
  • monitor reported cases in the federal public service, as reported by managers through the Employee Status Reporting tool
  • manage psychosocial risks to support employee mental health and well-being
  • equip you with technological and leadership tools to help you navigate the next normal
  • engage with your union representatives on questions that are of importance to you

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