Earlier today, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) was informed that an individual who was present at a hearing on Friday, September 25, 2020, on the 4th floor at 74 Victoria St. in Toronto subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.
The individual is not an IRB employee and will follow public health authorities' guidance to self-isolate.
Pursuant to our protocols, we have contacted and informed all employees who were in contact with the affected individual and have asked them to self-isolate. The Toronto Public Health (TPH) authorities were also notified, and upon investigation, have determined the situation to be low risk given the robust measures that the IRB has put in place. All individuals who had contact with the affected individual will receive a letter providing them with instructions on self-isolating at home and next steps. The IRB has proactively reached out to these individuals to notify them of the situation and have advised them not to visit our offices at this time.
The health and safety of our employees and visitors to our offices remain a top priority for the Board. Rigorous
Health and Safely measures are in place at all IRB premises, in accordance with municipal and provincial guidelines, to ensure the safety of staff, claimants, and visitors. In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), has assured us that our health and safety protocols offer robust measures to mitigate the risk of COVID infection and transmission on IRB premises.
As a reminder, if you have flu-like symptoms or are feeling ill, please stay at home. As well, in accordance with our protocols, all parties are asked to self-assess prior to visiting one of our offices.
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