April 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Update

Colleagues,

Because of COVID-19, each day we’re faced with new changes and challenges that require us to respond, adapt and make difficult decisions. Like all administrations, we are not immune to the significant financial impacts resulting from this situation.

We continue to look at our human resources to ensure they align with the services we are providing. We’re now dealing with the reality of needing to make staffing adjustments.

With that, we have made the decision to reduce budgeted staffing levels by approximately 1,480 casual, temporary and seasonal employees who normally provide service to the public that is currently not being provided due to the pandemic.

Those impacted were contacted directly. If you fall into this category and have not heard from your manager/supervisor, or a representative from Human Resources by end of day April 17, please contact MyHR@halifax.ca or 902.490.6145.

As with everything COVID-19 related, it is difficult to make predictions about future decisions regarding adjustments to service and staffing levels. We will continue to evaluate the situation and provide additional information as it becomes available.

To those of you who will no longer be working with us in the short-term, I want to extend my appreciation and gratitude for your services. This is not a scenario any of us anticipated and certainly not one any of us desired.

We will get back to providing full-service levels in all business units in the future and I, like the Mayor, every member of Regional Council and our leadership team, hope that future is very soon.

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

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