Coronavirus Disease | COVID-19

We are working closely with provincial partners to prepare and respond to the increased likelihood of more COVID-19 infections in Canada.

The health and wellness of our employees and residents is our main priority.

We are working closely with provincial partners to prepare and respond to the increased likelihood of more COVID-19 infections in Canada.

The health and wellness of our employees and residents is our main priority.

  • September 18 - COVID-19 Update

    21 Sep 2020

    Colleagues,

    Last week was very busy for many of you with family members returning to schools. The start of this school year provides yet another example of how we are all trying to figure out how to live our lives under these very unusual circumstances.

    At the municipality, many staff are working from home, some continue to work onsite, and others are beginning to return to offices. In all environments, the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees and residents remains at the centre of every decision we make.

    As we do our best to adapt to the new safety practices, I want to remind you that we are all responsible for staying informed and following the direction from public health authorities. This means wearing masks when required, maintaining physical distance whenever possible and practicing good hygiene.

    The municipality’s COVID Task Force continues to support Business Units as we adapt our operations to safely deliver services. While each Business Unit is responsible for developing Workplace Safety Plans that reflect their unique operational needs, there is also some general information we must all follow:

    • All employees must complete the COVID-19 required training.
    • Increased cleaning efforts are underway. Review the Cleaning Guidelines to ensure you understand your role.
    • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces:
      • Worksite reception areas, washrooms and hallways are all deemed public places and employees must wear a mask while in these spaces.
      • If visitors enter your worksite (either staff from another location or members of the public), the workspace must be treated as public, and masks must be worn.
      • Visit the Nova Scotia Health & Wellness webpage for more information on masks.
    • While virtual meetings should be utilized whenever possible, some in-person meetings are resuming.
      • Be sure to follow posted instructions including physical distancing, occupancy limits and cleaning guidelines when using municipal boardrooms.
      • The Task Force will be sharing updated Boardroom procedures with Business Units in the coming days.
    • Business Units are responsible for displaying approved COVID-19 signage in their worksites. The use of directional, general instruction and public health signage aims to create safe spaces by promoting proper physical distancing, cleaning and hygiene practices.
    • Employees should be aware of the revised symptoms and testing information, including how to self-isolate, and what to do if they’ve been exposed to COVID-19.


    We all have a responsibility to keep ourselves, our colleagues, our residents and our communities safe. If you have questions about the COVID-19 prevention methods in your workspace, please contact your manager for more information.

    Thank-you for your ongoing diligence and support as we navigate this new reality together. Staff continue to find innovative ways to deliver impeccable service to our colleagues and residents. I am truly proud and grateful to work with such a talented and considerate team of people here at HRM.

    Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

    Jacques

    Recognizing that the duration of this situation is unknown, and to streamline your access to information, below is list of important links.

    Employee updates:hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

    Municipal service adjustments:halifax.ca/coronavirus

    hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system: halifax.ca/hfxalert

    Municipal media briefings:Follow @hfxgov on Twitter for details regarding live streaming

    Public health information:Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness

    Human Resources:MyHR@halifax.ca or 902.490.6145

    Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): 902.466.3327 or 1.800.663.1142

    Halifax Regional Police Association EFAP: 902.430.8295 or 902.430.8296

    International Association of Fire Fighters FFAP: 902.483.6068





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  • COVID-19 - Employee FAQ

    17 Mar 2020
    Last updated: September 18, 2020


    ORIGINAL PUBLICATION: March 18, 2020. Items added or amended since the original publication date are noted.

    A Province wide State of Emergency was declared March 22, 2020.

    1. Where can I learn more about COVID-19? (updated March 25)

    As this situation continues to change quickly, you’re encouraged to check the following sites for accurate up-to-date information:


    2. What can I do to avoid getting this virus?

    Public service employees should follow the advice provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada to the general population.

    Employees can play an active role in staying healthy and preventing the spread of COVID-19. Follow these simple steps recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada:

    • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
    • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
    • avoid close contact with people who are sick;
    • cough or sneeze into your sleeve and not your hands; and
    • stay home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others.

    3. How will work-related information and updates be communicated?

    The CAO will be sending regular all staff communications by email to keep employees informed as the situation continues to evolve. These updates will be shared on the Employee Hub which can be accessed from any device (personal or work), printed and posted in municipal facilities, and linked to from the intranet. Business unit leaders/managers/supervisors will also be responsible for sharing frequent updates with their teams.

    Employees can also email MyHR@halifax.ca or call 902.490.6145 if they are unable to access the updates or have further questions.


    4. Where can I seek guidance regarding workplace risk of exposure to the COVID-19?

    Employees who are concerned about their health and safety should consult with their manager to discuss their concerns.


    5. Who is responsible for employees' occupational health and safety?

    The Nova Scotia Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act is based on the Internal Responsibility System (IRS). Under the IRS, since all “workplace parties” influence what a workplace is like, they must all share responsibility for making the workplace safer and healthier to the extent of their authority and ability to do so.

    As an example:

    • Employers shall take every precaution that is reasonable in the circumstances to ensure the health and safety of persons at or near the workplace. This is achieved through specific duties under the Act.
    • Employees, while at work, shall take every reasonable precaution in the circumstances to protect the employee’s own health and safety and that of other persons at or near the workplace. This is also achieved through specific duties under the Act.

    Check your Health & Safety Communication Board in your workplace for a paper copy.


    6. How is Halifax Regional Municipality protecting its employees?

    • The municipality is providing information to its employees on how to protect themselves against COVID-19 by relaying public health information provided by Nova Scotia’s department of Health and Wellness and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
    • Enhanced cleaning is occurring at municipal facilities, including the installation of hand sanitization stations.
    • The municipality is following the province’s advice to implement efforts to promote social distancing. This includes, but is not limited to:
      - Employees who can work from home are directed to do so;
      - Non-essential gatherings are being postponed;
      - Requests for business travel outside of Nova Scotia will not be approved; and
      - Employees who have travelled to a state, province or country where there have been
      confirmed COVID-19 cases, are directed to self-isolate for 14 days following the trip and not report to work.


    7. As an employee, what are my responsibilities in the context of COVID-19? ( updated April 20)

    If an employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they must immediately notify their supervisor/manager to ensure all safety protocols are activated as quickly as possible.

    Employees have the responsibility to inform themselves by consulting information provided by health authorities and by HRM. They are responsible for following management's directions regarding reporting to work and workplace health procedures in the context of the COVID-19.

    The NS OH&S Act outlines precautions and duties for all employees regardless of their position in the organization. Employees' duties include, among others:

    • Using safety equipment provided to them;
    • Complying with all instructions from the employer concerning the health and safety of employees; and
    • Cooperating with any person carrying out a duty set out in the NS OH&S Act.

    While at work, employees must also report to the employer anything in a workplace that is likely to be hazardous to the health or safety of employees, or other persons granted access to the workplace by the employer.

    Employees are responsible to advise if they’ve travelled to a location the Canadian government has assessed as being “at-risk” for exposure to COVID-19 since March 13, 2020.

    To avoid spreading the virus to colleagues and clients, employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, and difficulty breathing) have a duty to stay at home as long as they present symptoms, or as long as directed by their doctors.


    8. What are my rights as an employee?

    Employees have specific rights related to working conditions and leave provisions that are outlined in collective agreements and official policies. If employees require assistance in understanding these provisions, they should talk to their manager/supervisor or their union representative.

    In addition, employees have three specific rights under the Nova Scotia OH&S Act, in relation to their health and safety in the workplace:

    • the right to know;
    • the right to participate; and
    • the right to refuse dangerous work.

    The Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education created a brochure Your Rights, Responsibilities, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act containing general information on the NS OH&S Act. The three rights mentioned above are explained.


    9. Are there resources to help with the increased anxiety that myself or a colleague may be experiencing?

    Under circumstances such as these, it is natural to experience different levels of anxiety. Employees may wish to speak to their manager/supervisor, who will be able to advise them on what services are available to help them.

    Full-time employees and their direct family members can access Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program at 902-466-3327 or 1-800-663-1142

    Members of the Halifax Regional Police Association (HRPA) may contact their EFAP coordinator at 902-430-8295 or 902-430-8296.

    Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) may contact their FFAP coordinator at 902-490-6271 or 902-237-9087.


    10. What if I have symptoms consistent with COVID-19? (updated September 18)

    If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you must stay home. Contact your supervisor/manager and tell them you are sick. Review Public Health information regarding when to contact 811. https://when-to-call-about-covid19.novascotia.ca/en


    11. What if I test positive for COVID-19? (updated April 17)

    Follow the direction in the Order of the Chief Medical Officer of Public Health. https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/health-protection-act-order-by-the-medical-officer-of-health.pdf Please contact your supervisor/manger to advise you are sick as you would at any other time. When you recover and feel well enough to return to work, please contact HRM Workplace Health at 902-490.6541.


    12. What if I test negative for COVID-19 but I still feel unwell? (March 25)

    If you have been tested and it has been confirmed you do not have COVID-19 but you do not feel well enough to come to work, please contact your supervisor/manager to advise you are sick, as you would at any other time.


    13. What if I had been sick with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, but now I feel well enough to return to work? (April 8)

    Please contact HRM Workplace Health at 902-490-6541.


    14. Will these absences count as sick time hours or a sicktime “occurrence” under the Attendance Support Policy?

    We will not include any sick leave taken during the COVID-19 pandemic in future attendance reporting.


    15. What if my child has COVID-19 symptoms and has to stay home from school or daycare? (added Sept 18)

    Please contact 811 and follow their direction. Employees should then speak with your supervisor/manager to discuss their work arrangements.

    16. What if my child has been told to stay home from school or daycare due to a shutdown or potential exposure at the school or daycare? (added Sept 18)

    Please contact 811 and follow their direction. Employees should then speak with your supervisor/manager to discuss their work arrangements.


    17. What if I live with someone who works in health care?

    Currently, no directive has been issued by Nova Scotia Public Health requiring individuals who reside with a heath care professional to self-isolate. Employees who have concerns are asked to speak to their manager/supervisor to discuss their work arrangements.


    18. Are there any impacts to how temporary, part-time and casual employees are being paid? (updated April 17)

    Layoff notices have been issued to some temporary, part-time and causual employees. We will continue to evaluate the situation and provide additional information as it becomes available.


    19. Do I have the right to refuse to work for health and safety reasons? (Mar 25)

    The health, safety and well-being of municipal employees and residents is our top priority. Municipal employees will be expected to report to work unless advised otherwise by their manager based on the advice of health authorities. It is the manager's discretion to consider requests for alternative working arrangements subject to operational requirements. Employees who have concerns are asked to speak to their manager/supervisor to discuss their work arrangements.

    Public safety workers, including police officers and firefighters, are required by Occupational, Health, and Safety legislation to report to work and cannot refuse to work because: such refusal would put the life, health, or safety of the public at risk; and risk is inherent in the work of these employees.


    20. Do I have the right to refuse to attend meetings and other workplace gatherings if I suspect that I could risk being infected with COVID-19? (updated July 3)

    Employees are responsible for following their management's directions regarding reporting to work and workplace health procedures in the context of COVID-19.

    Employees who are reporting to their usual work location are asked to exercise safe social distancing to the extent possible. This means avoiding crowded places and non-essential gatherings, greeting one another with a wave or elbow instead of a handshake or hug, and keeping a six-foot (two metre) distance from others – if and when possible.

    Managers can consider alternatives to meetings and gatherings such as teleconferencing, MS Teams and Skype.



    21. What can I do if my work involves contact with customers (i.e. residents/visitors/clients)?

    The municipality is working with business units to adhere to the most recent guidance from public health officials. All designated services including Halifax Transit, 311, Fire, and Police – are operational and adhering to the most updated guidance and precautions from health officials.

    As of Tuesday, March 17, all municipally-owned recreation centres are closed.

    As of Wednesday, March 18, all municipal Customer Service Centres, including services provided at these locations by Planning & Development, are closed to the public.

    As of Wednesday, March 18, the Youth Live Enviro Depot is closed to the public.


    22. What happens if an employee left for travel outside of the Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland/Labrador) after the July 3rd CAO directive to self-isolate upon return was issued. (updated July 3)

    The employee will not be paid and must draw from personal leave banks, not including sick leave.


    23. Can I cancel my scheduled vacation leave and reschedule later? (March 25)

    Employees who want to cancel and reschedule previously approved vacation leave are asked to speak to their manager/supervisor.


    24. What does it mean to self-isolate? (updated April 8)

    Self-isolation means:

    • avoid work, school or other public areas;
    • limit contact with people you live with, if you have symptoms;
    • use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if possible, if you have symptoms;
    • make plans to have groceries and other supplies delivered;
    • avoid anyone with chronic conditions, compromised immune system or older adults;
    • do not have visitors to your home;
    • do not use public transit/taxi;
    • Complete the Public Health on-line questionnaire to determine if you should call 811.
    Further information on self-isolation protocols are available from Public Health.


    25. What if I am responsible for the care of a high-risk individual?

    Employees who have concerns are asked to speak to their manager/supervisor to discuss their work arrangements.


    26. What if I live with someone who has recently traveled out of the country?

    Currently, no directive has been issued by the Nova Scotia Health Authority requiring individuals who reside with someone who has traveled out of the country to self-isolate. Employees who have concerns are asked to speak to their manager/supervisor to discuss their work arrangements.


    27. What if I do not meet the meet quarantine /self-isolation requirements but I’m still choosing to not come to work? Am I required to use personal leave?

    Employees who have concerns are asked to speak to their manager/supervisor to discuss their work arrangements.


    28. I have a health consideration(s)/health condition and cannot work from home but feel I’m at enhanced risk for day to day exposure in public interactions - travelling to work, working with others, etc. Am I required to come in?

    Employees who have concerns are asked to speak to their manager/supervisor to discuss their work arrangements.


    29. I have been given approval to work from home. Are there any resources or tools to assist me in getting things set up and working properly? (updated March 25)

    You can locate the Working from Home toolkit on the HRM intranet. This is only accessible if you are using an HRM device and have access to the HRM intranet. If you require additional assistance, please contact MyHR@halifax.ca or 902.490.6145 and select the Training option from the menu.


    30. Is there a plan in place to provide laptops/technology or employees who could work from home but are not currently set up to do so?

    Please do not contact the ICT Helpdesk to request laptops or other equipment to facilitate work from home options. Our partners in ICT are currently assessing the need for laptops and remote access and are determining priorities based on service continuity.


    31. Are there any on-line learning opportunities I can take part in?

    Employees can access free on-line learning through Lynda.com. Information on how to access this site is located on the Human Resources Learning & Development page or by contacting MyHR@halifax.ca or 902.490.6145 and select the Training option from the menu.

  • Updated Directive on Travel and Self-isolation During COVID-19

    07 Jul 2020

    Colleagues:

    Effective 12am, July 3, 2020, the CAO directive dated March 13, 2020 requiring mandatory self-isolation for travel outside of Nova Scotia is no longer in effect.

    Until further notice, all HRM employees must adhere to the current Public Health directives regarding travel and self-isolation, if required.

    If you have travelled outside of the Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland/Labrador) and arrived home after 12am, July 3, 2020 you are required to self-isolate for 14 calendar days.

    Please apply the below as per your situation:

    1. If the nature of your job allows you to work from home (WFH), and you have no symptoms, you are expected to notify your supervisor and work from home, and you will be paid REG time.
    1. If the nature of your job allows you to work from home but you are feeling sick, you will notify your supervisor you can’t work because you are sick. You will be paid through Sick Leave (SL), where available, until you are well enough to return to work.
    1. If your job does not allow you to WFH:
      1. and you travel outside of Atlantic Canada, you still must self-isolate for 14 days and use leave banks to cover this time. If, during or after the 14 days, you become sick, please contact your supervisor and you will be paid using Sick Leave (SL) where available.
      2. when requesting time off to travel outside of Atlantic Canada, you are required to request sufficient time off to cover your travel period plus your self-isolation period.

    Please direct any questions or concerns you may have to your supervisor.

    Many thanks,

    Kelly
    A/CAO

    Kelly Denty
    Director, Planning & Development

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  • COVID-19 Required Training – The New Normal

    02 Jul 2020
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    To support the wellbeing of all municipal employees, a new training course has been developed to educate staff on how to work safely during COVID-19.

    The online course will take approximately 30 minutes and includes a short knowledge check at the end. Once you finish the session, the system will automatically track your completion.

    All municipal employees must complete this required training*

    We understand that many employees continue to work from home. This training contains relevant safety information for all employees. Employees who are currently at worksites, and those with established return-to-work dates must complete this training as soon as possible.

    After completing the lesson, employees should be able to:

    1. Describe the signs, symptoms and risks of COVID-19.
    2. Explain personal actions you can take to protect your well-being and reduce your chances of getting infected and infecting others.
    3. Understand and know how to follow facility entry and exit procedures.
    4. Describe when to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), donning and doffing procedure and disposal.
    5. Understand and list Cleaning and Disinfecting methods for equipment and offices
    6. Understand meaning of various corporate signage to expect in the workplace
    7. Know where to find your Business Unit Re-Opening plan, Site Specific Workplace Control Documents and Safe Work Practices

    Ready to get started? Complete your training now. If you need help getting started, please review the job-aid.

    *The municipality has introduced a Task Force to assist Business Units through the COVID-19 recovery phases. They are working with Business Units to ensure employees without regular access to a computer can complete the training. Please speak to your manager/supervisor for more information.

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  • June 18 - COVID-19 Update

    18 Jun 2020

    Colleagues,

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way many of us work, and as the municipality begins to broaden our services, it will continue to transform how we focus on workplace safety over the months ahead.

    To support these efforts, we have established a Task Force, led by Chief Ken Stuebing of Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency. Flexibility will be key to our success. Different Business Units have different needs, and our approach will allow teams to adapt to unique circumstances of their workspaces and staffing requirements.

    The Task Force will work collaboratively with Business Units to continue to adapt our operations in response to the pandemic. They will provide tools, training and support to establish clarity and consistency of protocols, so employees are informed and safe throughout the recovery phases.

    Parallel, we continue to focus on priority public-facing services, including Parks & Recreation and Halifax Transit. To read the latest updates on municipal services please visit halifax.ca/coronavirus.

    I want to express a sincere thank you to everyone for your dedication and professionalism in supporting the revised 2020-21 municipal budget approved last week by Regional Council.

    It’s been a challenging few months, and many of us are needing to recharge. As the weather improves and certain restrictions ease, I’d like to remind you to consult with your manager/supervisor about taking time off as schedules allow. Sometimes it feels hard to get away but taking vacation time is essential for our health and wellbeing.

    June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. It’s a day for all Canadians to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. I encourage you to explore virtual celebrations honouring the storied history and culture of Mi’kmaw communities.

    As we work through the next phases of the pandemic, our priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our employees and residents.

    Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

    Jacques

    Recognizing that the duration of this situation is unknown, and to streamline your access to information, below is list of important links.

    Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

    Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

    hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system: halifax.ca/hfxalert

    Municipal media briefings: Follow @hfxgov on Twitter for details regarding live streaming

    Public health information: Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness

    Human Resources: MyHR@halifax.ca or 902.490.6145

    Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): 902.466.3327 or 1.800.663.1142

    Halifax Regional Police Association EFAP: 902.430.8295 or 902.430.8296

    International Association of Fire Fighters FFAP: 902.483.6068

  • June 5, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

    05 Jun 2020

    Colleagues,

    Today Nova Scotia has reached a welcomed milestone. Many businesses and services are reopening to the public as directed by the Province. And, our reopening plans are beginning to take shape as well.

    At a municipal level, our initial plans focus on priority public-facing services, including Parks & Recreation, and Halifax Transit.

    We continue to maintain an absolute commitment to the health and safety of our colleagues and residents. As such, we’re expanding services and reopening spaces slowly and carefully, in accordance with public health guidelines to ensure everyone is properly protected. To read the latest updates on municipal services please visit halifax.ca/coronavirus.

    Over the past two months, many of us have transitioned successfully to working from home. This will remain for the foreseeable future as we continue to work together to consider the diverse needs of our teams and how best to adapt our workplaces.

    Thank you all for making a difference and for doing your share in support of our reopening efforts.

    Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

    Jacques

    Recognizing that the duration of this situation is unknown, and to streamline your access to information, below is list of important links.

    Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

    Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

    hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system: halifax.ca/hfxalert

    Municipal media briefings: Follow @hfxgov on Twitter for details regarding live streaming

    Public health information: Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness

    Human Resources: MyHR@halifax.ca or 902.490.6145

    Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): 902.466.3327 or 1.800.663.1142

    Halifax Regional Police Association EFAP: 902.430.8295 or 902.430.8296

    International Association of Fire Fighters FFAP: 902.483.6068 or 902.237.90

  • May 25, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

    26 May 2020

    Colleagues,

    As many of you know, there was a wild fire in the Porters Lake area over the weekend. I want to commend Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency crews - including career and volunteer firefighters, logistics staff and senior officers - along with Ground Search & Rescue, emergency management volunteers, RCMP and the Province for tremendous work during a very scary time for residents of this community.

    Earlier today we held a media briefing, and so I’d like to update you on a few highlights I shared as we move into the beginning of the COVID-19 recovery stages.

    While we look toward next steps, municipal staff and Regional Council have continued discussions regarding a revised budget to account for the financial impacts of COVID-19.

    Thank you to all involved for your diligence throughout the revised budget process. Your ability to adapt and work as a team through this unpredictable time has been exceptional.

    There is one more virtual Special Budget Committee meeting scheduled for May 26. The final budget will be presented to Regional Council on June 9. Once these discussions have finished, we will have a clear picture of the impacts to capital and operating budgets.

    In the meantime, we have begun to plan for the first stage of recovery and are exploring and developing safe ways to help reopen our economy.

    As the need for social distancing will remain in place for the foreseeable future, and transportation patterns evolve throughout the recovery phases, it’s important we identify the necessary changes to our streets, sidewalks and bike lanes as part of our collective effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    Today we announced phase one of theHalifax Mobility Response Plan. This plan includes measures that can be deployed quickly, while also considering what will be needed over the coming months in response to public health directives.

    For further details from today’s announcement, please visit Halifax.ca/coronavirus.

    It goes without saying that the past few months have been challenging on us all, as it feels like nearly every aspect of daily life is impacted by COVID-19.

    We’ve seen some positive signs regarding reduced community spread of COVID-19 over the last couple of weeks and I can sense an improvement to our collective morale. It feels good to see more smiling faces walking down our streets and enjoying trails and parks while practicing social distancing.

    Please continue to stay safe and follow public health directives. We’ve made a lot of progress and don’t want to take any steps back as we continue through the recovery phases.

    Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

    Jacques

    Recognizing that the duration of this situation is unknown, and to streamline your access to information, below is list of important links.

    Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

    Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

    hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system: halifax.ca/hfxalert

    Municipal media briefings: Follow @hfxgov on Twitter for details regarding live streaming

    Public health information: Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness

    Human Resources: MyHR@halifax.ca or 902.490.6145

    Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): 902.466.3327 or 1.800.663.1142

    Halifax Regional Police Association EFAP: 902.430.8295 or 902.430.8296

    International Association of Fire Fighters FFAP: 902.483.6068 or 902.237.9087

  • May 22, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

    22 May 2020

    Colleagues,

    With the warm and sunny weather upon us, the introduction of household bubbles and the gradual re-opening of some public spaces, I find myself feeling hopeful.

    While it’s clear that the future is still unknown, and adhering to public health directives remains crucial, I very much look forward to an eventual return to more normal operations. As we look to what’s next, I want to provide reassurance that we are developing plans, processes and protocols with your safety and wellbeing top of mind.

    We understand that this process will be another complex undertaking, that must consider the diverse needs of our workforce and work environments. We will continue to work closely with business units to determine employee-based solutions that work for all.

    Our organization’s ability to provide high-quality public services wouldn’t be possible without all of you. And because of that, it’s our job to provide you with the support and flexibility you need to make a difference in our communities.

    We also continue to evaluate and adapt our safety practices to help ensure those who work in the public are protected.

    As you know, Regional Council is concluding the second week of budget deliberations today. I will provide a further update about how their decisions will impact our operational and capital budget in the coming weeks.

    Thank you all for your perseverance and patience as we work to get through this rare and challenging time together.

    Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

    Jacques

    Recognizing that the duration of this situation is unknown, and to streamline your access to information, below is list of important links.

    Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

    Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

    hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system: halifax.ca/hfxalert

    Municipal media briefings: Follow @hfxgov on Twitter for details regarding live streaming

    Public health information: Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness

    Human Resources: MyHR@halifax.ca or 902.490.6145

    Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): 902.466.3327 or 1.800.663.1142

    Halifax Regional Police Association EFAP: 902.430.8295 or 902.430.8296

    International Association of Fire Fighters FFAP: 902.483.6068 or 902.237.9087

  • COVID-19 Update - Budget - May 12, 2020

    13 May 2020

    Colleagues,

    Like so many others in our region and across the country, the impact of COVID-19 has placed considerable and unforeseen financial pressures on our municipality. While our collective efforts to reduce the spread of disease are necessary, they’ve come at an unavoidable cost to our organization.

    Over the past several weeks, staff have worked hard to provide a revised municipal budget to Regional Council for consideration. This has not been an easy task, and the decisions that follow will surely be difficult.

    Council will begin deliberations tomorrow, May 12 and will continue for several weeks before decisions are finalized. These special meetings by the Budget Committee and Regional Council meetings will be held virtually. View the Proposed 2020/21 Budget Recast for COVID-19 Impacts to learn more.

    The municipality takes its role of financial stewardship very seriously. I would like to thank you - Mayor Savage and Members of Regional Council and Directors, Union leaders and all staff, for your continued dedication to safely providing public services upon which our residents depend.

    As the duration of this situation remains unknown, I know it continues to be a difficult time, both personally and professionally. We will evaluate the organizational impacts and provide additional information as it becomes available.

    Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

    Jacques

    Recognizing that the duration of this situation is unknown, and to streamline your access to information, below is list of important links.

    Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

    Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

    hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system: halifax.ca/hfxalert

    Municipal media briefings: Follow @hfxgov on Twitter for details regarding live streaming

    Public health information: Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness

    Human Resources: MyHR@halifax.ca or 902.490.6145

    Homewood Health’s Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP): 902.466.3327 or 1.800.663.1142

    Halifax Regional Police Association EFAP: 902.430.8295 or 902.430.8296

    International Association of Fire Fighters FFAP: 902.483.6068 or 902.237.9087

  • COVID-19 Resources for Employees & Leaders

    29 Apr 2020
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    Human Resources has developed a new COVID-19 Resource for Employees & Leaders. This online resource contains tools and information to help you at work during COVID-19.

    It discusses healthy ergonomics, physical and mental health resources, employee engagement tips and much more.

    During these difficult and unpredictable times, employees are encouraged to reach out to Human Resources for support. For centralized access to employee services, please contact MyHR@halifax.ca or 902.490.6145. You can also review the COVID-19 Employee FAQ for answers to common questions.