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.

  • Stay safe and well in 2022

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    Colleagues,

    I hope the holidays allowed you some time to rest, reflect and reconnect with what matters most to you. As we settle into a new year, let’s embrace fresh beginnings and opportunities to build upon our collective progress from 2021.

    I understand the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of the Omicron variant has added pressures to both our professional and personal lives, and that continually shifting the way we work and live only compounds feelings of pandemic fatigue. As we follow public health guidelines to keep each other and our communities safe, let’s remember to be kind to ourselves and supportive of others.

    In response to the province’s new self-isolation requirements, the municipality has updated its COVID-19 Notification Process. The updated process provides more information and step-by-step guidelines that you will need to follow if you test positive for COVID-19 or are deemed a close contact. If you have questions, please contact your supervisor/manager.

    As per my December 16 email, all those who can work from home should continue to do so until otherwise directed. As always, we will keep doing our part to help curb the spread of this disease and to ensure your safety.

    The new year is certainly coming “in like a lion” with the first winter weather system of 2022 expected to move into the region today. Visit halifax.ca/snow for the latest service updates, and a special thank you to staff who are actively preparing for and responding to the storm.

    Wela’lioq, amitiés, 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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  • December 16, 2021 - COVID-19 Update

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    Colleagues,

    As of Friday, December 17, all those who can work from home should do so until otherwise directed. As always, we will do our part to help curb the spread of this disease and to ensure your safety.

    All services designated essential by the Province under the current state of emergency are operational and adhering to the most updated guidance and precautions from health officials. My sincere thanks to those who continue to provide the necessary services our colleagues and residents rely on.

    Please speak with your supervisor/manager if you have any questions.

    Wela’loiq, amitiés, kind regards,

    Jacques

    Jacques Dubé
    Chief Administrative Officer
    Directeur Général

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  • December 15, 2021 - COVID-19 Update

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    Colleagues,

    Further to the recent provincial announcement regarding the return of certain public health restrictions, we are reinstating guidelines for municipal workplaces beginning Friday, December 17, 2021. These include:

    In-person meetings

    • In-person meetings/training can occur when operationally necessary, following posted room occupancy levels. Holiday or other social gatherings are not encouraged.
    • Meeting room limits will be set at 50 per cent capacity to a maximum of 150 people indoors.

    Physical distancing

    • Maintain physical distancing of two metres (six feet).
    • Wear a mask if you can’t physically distance.
    • Follow updated gathering limits.

    Masks

    These changes are to help protect each other and our community, especially now that the Omicron variant has reached our province. In the words of Dr. Strang, there is no need to panic, but there is a need to be cautious. Please continue to follow all public health guidelines and recommendations, including:

    • Stay informed of potential COVID-19 exposure locations and follow public health instructions.
    • Respect self-isolation and testing requirements, including staying at home if feeling unwell.
    • Practice proper hygiene.
    • 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.

    Today, the Province announced that schools will close for the holidays on December 17 and re-open January 6. I encourage you to work with your manager/supervisor to make appropriate arrangements and for all to be flexible where possible.

    I know this news comes at a difficult time as we approach the holiday season. Please be kind and patient with one another. We must remain diligent in our fight against COVID-19, and remember that by doing so, we are protecting those most vulnerable in our communities.

    The ongoing impacts of the pandemic continue to challenge all of us. If you or a direct family member need additional support, you can reach out to your respective Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And, as always, employees can email MyHR@halifax.ca or phone 902.490.6145 for centralized access to employee services.

    In closing, I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone for their support with the Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. As you know, today December 15, marks the deadline for full vaccination. Currently, 97 per cent of employees have reported that they are fully vaccinated. Your dedication to a safe, healthy workplace is greatly appreciated and so important, now more than ever.

    Wela’lioq, amitiés, 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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  • Please verify your vaccination status this week

    Colleagues,

    As we near the end of the month, I’d like to remind you that you have until this Friday, December 3 to verify your vaccination status. This includes either providing your proof of full vaccination, or confirming you are on track to be fully vaccinated by January 12, 2022 (first dose received on or before November 3).

    Please speak with your manager/supervisor as soon as possible if you have any questions or concerns.

    I know it hasn’t been easy to adjust to working and living with COVID-19. I’d like to thank you for your ongoing diligence and adherence to the Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. We are in the final stretch of this process. I am grateful to everyone involved in supporting this significant effort, including those of you who have already provided your proof of vaccination.

    While we’re not out of the woods yet, we are getting closer each day. As of November 26, we were at 82% vaccinated overall. Your support does make a difference and together we are strengthening our community’s line of defense against COVID-19.

    Wela’lioq, amitiés, 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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  • 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

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    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

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