COVID-19 | Coronavirus Disease

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.

  • COVID-19 Prevention Methods

    19 Nov 2020
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    The health and safety of ourselves, our colleagues and the communities we serve is a shared responsibility. Below are reminders to support these efforts:

    POTENTIAL EXPOSURE LOCATIONS, SYMPTOMS AND TESTING INFORMATION


    MASKS

    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.
    • Visit the Nova Scotia Health & Wellness webpage for more information on masks.


    EMPLOYEE TRAINING


    CLEANING GUIDELINES


    SIGNAGE

    • Follow the COVID-19 signage that is posted throughout your worksite. This directional, general instruction and public health signage aims to create safe spaces by promoting proper physical distancing, cleaning and hygiene practices.


    COVID-19 RESOURCES


    For more information about your worksite’s COVID-19 prevention methods, please refer to the Safety Plan found in the Hazard Alerts & Orders section of your Health & Safety Communication Board. If you have further questions, contact your manager/supervisor.

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  • COVID-19 - Employee FAQ

    17 Mar 2020
    Last updated: November 13, 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? (updated November 23, 2020)

    • The municipality is following the province’s advice to implement efforts to promote social distancing. This includes, but is not limited to:
      1. Employees able to work from home are instructed to do so;
      2. Until further notice, in-person training, including corporate training, not directly linked to maintaining service delivery has been suspended;
      3. In-person meetings should not be conducted unless essential for operational purposes;
      4. Requests for business travel outside of Nova Scotia will not be approved; and
      5. Employees who have travelled outside of the Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland/Labrador) after November 9, 2020 for non-essential reasons, must self-isolate alone or with others who are self-isolating for the same period of time. If there are other people in the home, they must also self-isolate for 14 days, unless you have your own separate living space for self-isolation (no shared living spaces including bathroom).


    7. As an employee, what are my responsibilities in the context of COVID-19? (updated November 13, 2020)

    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 the Halifax Regional Municipality. 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.

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

    The municipality is in alignment with current Public Health guidelines and will bring attention to important updates, such as Dr. Strang’s most recent direction regarding travel guidance and restrictions, which states:

    “Nova Scotians are also advised to avoid non-essential travel into and out of Atlantic Canada; Nova Scotians should be sticking close to home, sticking to their close social groups, and sticking with all the public health measures to keep each other safe - that includes masks, physical distancing, good hand hygiene/cough etiquette, small social circles, staying home when you’re sick, self-isolation when required and avoiding non-essential travel.”

    Public Health advises you are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days or as directed by Public Health if you:

    • have been referred for COVID-19 testing by Public Health, a COVID-19 self-assessment or 811
    • are waiting for your COVID-19 test results
    • have tested positive for COVID-19
    • have been told by Public Health that you may have been exposed and need to self-isolate, even if you have tested negative for COVID-19
    • have travelled from outside Atlantic Canada into Nova Scotia, even if you don't have symptoms
    • are living or staying with someone who has travelled from outside Atlantic Canada into Nova Scotia for non-essential reasons (everyone in the home where the traveller is self-isolating needs to self-isolate)


    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.


    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. 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? (updated November 13)

    Please contact 811 and follow their direction.

    If 811 advises that other members of your household must stay home as well, you will have to remain at home. If it is possible for you to work from home, you should do so. If 811 advises that other members of your household do not need to stay home, then you can come to work. If you need to stay home because you do not have childcare options, you should speak with your supervisor/manager to discuss your 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? (March 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 November 13, 2020)

    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 or MS Teams.



    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 3 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 November 13, 2020)

    For further information on self-isolation protocols, please visit the Public Health website.


    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 travelled out the Atlantic bubble? (updated November 20)

    If you are living or staying with someone who has travelled from outside the Atlantic bubble into Nova Scotia for non-essential reasons, everyone in the home where the traveller is self-isolating needs to self-isolate. The day the traveller arrives counts as the first day of their 14-day self-isolation.

    Domestic rotational workers (like Alberta oil workers) are individuals who live in Nova Scotia and travel to work in another Canadian province or territory on a regular schedule (up to 4 weeks home at a time). Domestic rotational workers need to self-isolate for the period of time they’re in the province (up to 14 days) and follow the Health Protection Act Order and the Directive Under the Authority of the Chief Medical Officer of Health – COVID-19 Exceptions for Domestic Rotational Workers. Household members don’t need to self-isolate unless they become unwell. https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/docs/COVID-19-Directive-on-Exceptions-for-Domestic-Rotational-Workers.pdf.

    People who must travel for work that cannot be done virtually and do not meet the criteria for rotational workers are now recognized as necessary travel. This does not require the entire household to self-isolate along with the traveler as long as a strict protocol for shared spaces is followed.

    Employees who have concerns can refer to https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/travel/ and 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, 2020)

    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.

  • Download the COVID Alert App today

    10 Nov 2020
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    The COVID Alert app, a tool to help break the cycle of infection and keep our communities safe, is now available in Nova Scotia.

    COVID Alert will let users know of possible exposures before symptoms appear. Users of the app who test positive for COVID-19 can enter a random code provided by the Nova Scotia Health Authority. An alert will then be sent to any phone that has come within two meters for at least 15 minutes with a person who has tested positive.

    COVID Alert does not know or track your location, name or contacts and does not collect personal or health information of you or anyone you’re near.

    More information about COVID Alert, including how to download, can be found online(External link) or by watching the video(External link) below.


  • Working safely during COVID-19

    06 Nov 2020

    Colleagues,

    With our first snowfall behind us, and cooler temperatures settling in, I hope you’re all enjoying the fall season in our beautiful region.

    We’ve been extremely fortunate over the last couple of months, to live in a part of the country, and of the world, where reported COVID-19 cases remain low. But this doesn’t mean we’ve been unaffected.

    And, as Dr. Strang spoke to earlier this week, with cases on the rise in our province, we must remain vigilant.

    We’ve come a long way over the duration of the pandemic both as a community and as an organization. In alignment with public health directives, our worksites now have the necessary health and safety practices in place, including limitations on the number of employees allowed in a given location.

    Should you be asked to report to the workplace by your direct supervisor, please be assured that all protocols are in place to help ensure your safety.

    Of course, these practices are only effective if our actions and behaviors follow suit. For us this means abiding by capacity limits, maintaining physical distance, wearing masks when required and staying home when feeling unwell – to name a few.

    As we’ve all come to realize, the nature of this pandemic is everchanging. In response to that, we continue to adapt our practices and procedures to reflect the most recent direction from our public health authorities and safeguard the wellbeing of all employees.

    If you have any questions about the health and safety measures in your workplace, please speak with your manager.

    As always, our Employee and Family Assistance Program is available to those who may need to access services and resources.

    Our municipal services also continue to adjust to safely meet the needs of our residents. Read the latest PSA’s:

    Thank you for your efforts to follow public health guidelines to keep one another safe. We are in this 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

    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 Meeting Procedure now available

    10 Nov 2020
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    As more employees begin returning to their usual work environments, the new COVID-19 Meeting Procedure will help ensure employee safety for in-person meetings and training opportunities while providing a consistent approach across the organization.

    For details on meeting procedures for employees and visitors, read the COVID-19 Meeting Procedure.

    Additional information on municipal meeting rooms, including room configuration and available technology, can be found on the employee intranet(External link).

    Some Business Units or facilities may adopt a stricter standard for meetings due to their operational requirements. Municipal employees attending meetings shall follow the rules of the Business Unit or municipal facility that provides the higher level of safety to the employee.

  • 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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  • 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