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.

  • Reminders regarding Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

    Colleagues,

    I wanted to once again touch base on the Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy and share a few reminders.

    Under this policy, municipal employees, students, work placements and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We continue to work towards full vaccination by December 15.

    Many of you have already provided proof of vaccination and I sincerely thank you for that. We must all do our part to protect one another and ensure our workplace is a safe, healthy environment for everyone.

    If you haven’t already done so, please provide your proof of full vaccination to your manager/supervisor as soon as possible. The deadline is December 3, or January 12 for those waiting 8 weeks between doses. If you plan to be fully vaccinated by January 12, you must confirm by December 3 that you have commenced the vaccination process by showing your proof of first dose.

    We have now passed the November 3 deadline for first doses. Processes are in place should you need to request an accommodation. Please speak with your manager/supervisor if you have any questions or concerns.

    By getting vaccinated and following public health measures, we can help stop the spread of this contagious virus. Vaccinations protect people from contracting COVID-19 or becoming seriously ill. Please visit the intranet to access further resources.

    Thank you for your adherence to the policy and your ongoing commitment to health and safety.

    Wela’lioq, amities, kind regards,

    Jacques


    To streamline your access to information related to COVID-19, below is a list of important links.

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

    Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

    Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

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

    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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  • Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy - Important Dates

    Colleagues,

    It’s been almost two weeks since we introduced the Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. I wanted to thank you all for your adherence to the policy and your ongoing commitment to a safe, healthy workplace.

    As you know, under this policy, municipal employees, students, work placements and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    We continue to work towards full vaccination by December 15, which means the deadline for first doses has now passed (as of November 3).

    I’d like to share an important update regarding the deadline for second doses. While it is still possible to get your second dose 28 days after your first, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recently recommended that the optimal interval between first and second doses is eight weeks. As a result, employees who advise their supervisor/manager prior to December 3, 2021 that they have commenced the vaccination process (received first dose on or before November 3) and will be fully vaccinated by January 12, 2022 will not be placed on unpaid leave effective December 15, 2021. All other individual situations will be addressed on a case-by-case basis depending on the individual circumstances presented.

    A reminder that requests for accommodation should be provided to your manager/supervisor by this Wednesday, November 10 to allow adequate time for review and processing.

    Implementing a proof of vaccination policy helps safeguard our employees and the communities we serve. Vaccinations protect people from contracting COVID-19 or getting very sick from the virus. I encourage you to visit the intranet to access further resources.

    Thank you for your support.

    Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

    Jacques

    To streamline your access to information related to COVID-19, below is a list of important links.

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

    Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

    Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

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

    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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  • Introducing the Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

    Colleagues,

    The Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy is now available on the Intranet. Thanks to everyone involved in moving this critical policy forward – your input and efforts are greatly appreciated.

    Under this policy, municipal employees, students, work placements and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In Nova Scotia, you're considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you have any of the following COVID-19 vaccines:

    • 2 doses of AstraZeneca or COVISHIELD
    • 2 doses of Moderna
    • 2 doses of Pfizer
    • 2 doses of a combination of COVID-19 vaccines (AstraZeneca, COVISHIELD, Moderna and Pfizer)
    • 1 dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
    • complete series of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization

    To ensure full vaccination by December 15, it is important you are aware of the following key dates and deadlines:

    • First vaccination must be received by November 3
    • Requests for accommodation provided to manager/supervisor by November 10 to allow adequate time for review and processing.
    • Second vaccination must be received by December 1
    • Verify your vaccination information with the municipality by December 3
    • All municipal employees must be vaccinated by December 15

    As noted above, I’d like to emphasize that employees have until December 3 to show their proof of vaccination in order to allow for operational planning. Over the coming weeks, proof of vaccination verification will be conducted at municipal worksites. Human Resources will be working with business units to coordinate these efforts and more details will be provided soon.

    I encourage you to visit the intranet to access further resources regarding key dates, accommodations and how to book your vaccination.

    Implementing a proof of vaccination policy puts the focus on COVID-19 prevention and helps safeguard our employees and the communities we serve.

    Getting vaccinated can protect people from contracting COVID-19. It also protects people from getting very sick from the virus. For more information, review this Government of Canada Factsheet for Canadians about the effectiveness, safety and why you should get vaccinated.

    To learn how to get your vaccination visit novascotia.ca/coronavirus.

    If you have any questions, please speak with your supervisor/manager.

    Thank you again for your commitment to health and safety.

    Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

    Jacques

    To streamline your access to information related to COVID-19, below is a list of important links.

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

    Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

    Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

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

    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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  • Mandatory Vaccination Policy

    Colleagues,

    Further to our organization’s ongoing commitment to take important steps in reducing the spread of COVID-19, and in light of yesterday’s announcement by the Province of Nova Scotia, the municipality is currently taking steps to prepare for a mandatory vaccination policy for its employees. This policy will require all municipal employees to be fully vaccinated by Dec.15, 2021.

    This policy will represent a significant endeavour by the municipality – and its success relies upon each of us doing our part.

    Rest assured that all employees will be provided the information they need over the coming days and weeks about the upcoming mandatory vaccination policy – including details regarding accommodation for those who cannot be vaccinated.

    Any municipal employees who are not fully vaccinated by Dec. 15 will face employment consequences including unpaid administrative leave unless they have received an employer-approved exemption. Full vaccination will also be a condition for new staff being hired.

    Together, our efforts to ensure all municipal employees are vaccinated will help to protect the health of staff, their families and friends, as well as the public we serve. And, as we’ve done from the start, the municipality will continue its practice of following the direction and guidance of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Nova Scotia.

    As always, if you have questions, please speak with your manager/ supervisor.

    Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

    Jacques

    To streamline your access to information related to COVID-19, below is a list of important links.

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

    Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

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

    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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  • Safely entering Phase 5

    Colleagues,

    Earlier this week, the province announced that Phase 5 of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan is scheduled to begin on October 4.

    In alignment with public health recommendations, the municipality’s COVID-19 Mandatory Masks Policy will remain in place, and physical distancing requirements and gathering restrictions will be lifted. Please note that updated Phase 5 signage reflective of these changes will be applied across our facilities, and that this process will take some time to complete.

    Further to these updates, please continue to follow all public health guidelines and recommendations, including:

    • Getting vaccinated if eligible and getting tested regularly even if asymptomatic
    • Respecting self-isolation and testing requirements, including staying at home if feeling unwell
    • Practicing proper hygiene
    • Continuing to follow the process for positive cases in the workplace. All employees who receive a positive test result for COVID-19, who have been in a municipal facility in the previous 14 days, are reminded to advise their manager/ supervisor immediately to help us keep your colleagues safe while maintaining your privacy.

    My sincere thanks to our colleagues in Parks & Recreation for their efforts to prepare to uphold the Proof of Full Vaccination Policy as it applies to accessing recreation services. I know it’s not easy to continuously adapt processes and protocols to meet the changing public health requirements. Your commitment to the continued deliver of high-quality public services is valued and appreciated.

    I understand the ongoing impact of the pandemic is wearing on us all. During these times, rather than giving into feelings of hopelessness, we must remember that by remaining vigilant through this fourth wave, we are collectively keeping our most vulnerable populations safe and protected.

    As always, if you have questions, please speak with your manager/ supervisor.

    Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

    Jacques


    To streamline your access to information related to COVID-19, below is a list of important links.

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

    Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

    Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

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

    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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  • Sept 14, 2021 - COVID-19 Update

    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Colleagues,

    Further to the province’s media briefing regarding the decision to delay entering Phase 5 of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan until October 4, I want to relay that there is no impact to municipal operations at this time.

    The municipality continues its practice of following the direction of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. The province has confirmed that proof of vaccination will not be required under the provincewide policy for employees of businesses and organizations that offer certain events and activities.

    With this in mind, the municipality will not mandate vaccines for municipal employees at this time. We will reassess this decision as necessary and in alignment with public health.

    More information about Phase 5 impacts on municipal services, processes and protocols, including any changes to our municipal COVID-19 signage, will be shared as they become available.

    In the meantime, please continue to follow all public health guidelines and recommendations, including:

    It’s important to note that our process for positive cases in the workplace remains the same. All employees who receive a positive test result for COVID-19, who have been in a municipal facility in the previous 14 days, are reminded to advise their manager/ supervisor immediately to help us keep your colleagues safe while maintaining your privacy.

    With the challenging, and often unpredictable, events that have occurred over the past 18 months, I know that many of us are feeling the pandemic fatigue. Thank you to all staff for your continued dedication to service excellence throughout this time.

    As always, please speak with your manager/ supervisor if you have questions, or refer to the COVID-19 Employee FAQs which will be updated in the coming days.

    Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

    Jacques

    To streamline your access to information related to COVID-19, below is a list of important links.

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

    Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

    Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

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

    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

  • August 25, 2021 - Safely welcoming you back

    Colleagues,

    As summer nears the end, I hope you were able to take some much-deserved time off to relax and spend quality time with friends and family. Over the past 18 months, one thing that has been abundantly clear is that time with loved ones should not be taken for granted, and that regular breaks from work are necessary for productivity and a healthy wellbeing.

    With such a diverse workforce, the municipality has had teams onsite continuously since the onset of the pandemic, while others have been working remotely. I understand that working through fluctuating public health restrictions has been challenging both professionally and personally, so I want to take this opportunity to recognize your commitment to delivering service excellence to our residents, the communities we serve, and your fellow colleagues. Thanks so much.

    As of September 7, many of you will have returned to your regular worksites. We are on track to enter Phase 5 of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan on September 15; however, we will continue to adhere to public health protocols and address any changes as they’re announced. Help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by following public health guidelines, and getting fully vaccinated if eligible, to keep yourself and others safe.

    Please reach out to your manager/supervisor if you have specific questions or concerns.

    Our region’s ability to safely ease restrictions has not been by circumstance, coincidence or luck – it has been the collective effort of each of you and your continued vigilance against COVID-19. I look forward to the opportunity to see more of you in person in the coming weeks.

    Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

    Jacques

    To streamline your access to information related to COVID-19, below is a list of important links.

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

    Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

    Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

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

    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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  • June 17, 2021- COVID-19 Update

    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Colleagues,

    As we enter phase 2 of Nova Scotia’s reopening plan, I think we are all feeling more hopeful about the weeks and months ahead. Ongoing progress of provincewide vaccination rates, low case numbers and limited community spread also enable us to revisit our return to work plans with an anticipated full return by September 2021.

    Effective immediately, I’m lifting the April 23 directive asking employees who can work from home to do so. With that in mind, and depending on business unit and employee needs, some individuals may begin returning to worksites over the coming weeks. Others may continue to follow a hybrid, or fully virtual model until September. Employees should work with their manager/supervisor to determine their arrangements.

    In any case, I want to remind everyone that workplace safety and health remains our top priority. Please continue to follow public health guidelines and municipal safe work practices, including those outlined in the COVID-19 Mandatory Masks Policy. In-person meetings/training can occur when operationally necessary, following posted room occupancy levels.

    The third wave of the pandemic has been challenging to say the least. But the warmer weather we’ve been experiencing and the anticipation of further restrictions continuing to ease has me feeling excited about what these summer months have in store.

    Many of you will be taking much deserved time off over the next couple of months, enjoying local travel and spending quality time with family and friends. Vacation time is meant to be restorative and is important for our wellbeing, so you’re encouraged to take your allotted vacation as approved by your manager/supervisor.

    While the tide is turning, we must remain committed to following public health advice. To learn more about Nova Scotia’s response to COVID-19, visit: novascotia.ca/coronavirus/.

    Thank you for your continued dedication to the safe delivery of municipal services.

    Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

    Jacques

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

    Public health information: Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Health and Wellness
    Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus
    Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus
    hfxALERT, the municipality’s mass notification system: halifax.ca/hfxalert
    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

  • COVID-19 Mandatory Masks Policy

    Colleagues,

    I am pleased to share the municipality’s recently approved COVID-19 Mandatory Masks Policy effective today, May 25, 2021.

    In accordance with the Nova Scotia Health Protection Act Order and business unit specific Safe Work Practices, mask wearing has been required at municipal worksites for some time now. As we continue to contend with the third wave of the pandemic in our region, with variants of the virus and community spread still prevalent, mask wearing in workplaces to protect employees and citizens is more important than ever.

    Consistent with Public Health guidelines, the Policy outlines requirements for masks to be worn in the workplace and includes the definition of a proper mask. It also includes the consequences for failure to comply with the Policy, which is discipline up to and including termination.

    We must stay the course, and this new Policy will help us to do just that. While we are seemingly rounding the corner, with case numbers trending downwards and a robust provincial vaccination program underway, we know that we all must continue to do our part to ensure the health and safety of ourselves and others.

    Thank you for your ongoing efforts to deliver valued public services in a safe manner.

    For Policy related questions, please speak with your manager or supervisor.

    Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

    Jacques

    Jacques Dubé
    Chief Administrative Officer

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

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

    Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

    Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

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

    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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  • Focus on safety, health and wellness

    Colleagues,

    I know we’re all feeling the impact of the increased case count in our region. Thank you for continuing to stay informed and follow the direction from Public Health.

    As restrictions and guidance continue to evolve, our business units are adapting operations to safely meet the needs of residents. I know this is particularly challenging for our colleagues deemed essential under the current state of emergency, who have continued to report to worksites throughout the pandemic. Thank you for your commitment to public service during such challenging times.

    Given the critical importance of safety, health and wellness, I want to highlight two week-long observances that begin next week. Follow the links below to learn how these events will be safely acknowledged this year:

    While these topics are a priority for us year-round, these weeks are an important reminder to always keep safety, health and wellness top of mind.

    Thank you for doing your part to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

    Kind regards, amitiés, wela’lioq,

    Jacques

    Jacques Dubé
    Chief Administrative Officer

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

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

    Employee updates: hrmmatters.ca/coronavirus

    Municipal service adjustments: halifax.ca/coronavirus

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

    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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