Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Working in federal government worksites

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Preventing COVID-19 in worksites

We can all play an active role in staying healthy and preventing the spread of COVID-19 by taking care of ourselves and monitoring our health.

Employees should continue to follow public health measures to help prevent the spread in our communities and workplaces, including

  • hand hygiene
  • getting vaccinated
  • physical distancing of a least 2 metres
  • wearing non-medical masks in indoor and outdoor settings
  • cleaning and disinfecting measures

We encourage you to follow the latest advice from Health Canada’s Public Service Occupational Health Program (PSOHP), whose Occupational Health Advisory includes guidance for public servants.

If you have any concerns about your health and safety in the workplace, you should discuss them with your manager.

Vaccination

Vaccination is one of the most effective tools we have at our disposal to protect broader public health in the face of COVID-19, and to prevent future outbreaks. Used in combination with preventive public health measures, it offers the best available protection for Canadians.

The Government of Canada has announced that all employees of the Core Public Administration including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) must be vaccinated. This requirement applies whether you are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. Contracted personnel who require access to federal government worksites in order to perform work for the Government of Canada must also be vaccinated.

As the country’s largest employer, the Government of Canada is leading by example on vaccination to protect the health and safety of public servants and the communities where they live and work.

Access to federal worksites

The physical and psychological health and safety of employees remain an absolute priority for the Government of Canada.

Deputy ministers and other heads of federal public service organizations are making decisions about access to worksites and necessary safety protocols based on government-wide guidance, taking into consideration the local public health situation, individual organizations’ operational requirements, and the nature of the work. The principles of prudent, gradual and phased-in access to worksites continue to guide us.

At the same time, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP members, border agents, correctional workers, first responders, health and safety officials, and members of the coast guard, among many others, continue to work on the front lines to serve our country and keep it safe.

Your organization will provide information about increasing access to worksites and what it means for you.

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