Important information, employee resources, support and advice for the IRB team related to the evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and steps we’re taking to minimize the risk to our staff and the public.
COVID-19 advisories and messages - for employees:
On this page
Assessment by the Public Health Agency
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as high for Canada. Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in other countries.
Please consult the destination page on travel.gc.ca for the
latest travel advice.
How the IRB is monitoring COVID-19
The IRB has established a National COVID-19 Working Committee to monitor and address the situation as it unfolds.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has reviewed our detailed health and safety protocols and concluded that they “offer robust measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection.”
You are also reminded to register for the Emergency Response Mass Notification System to receive real-time updates on building closures or other security measures that could arise.
What to do if you’ve become ill or tested positive after working onsite
If you’re ill or showing symptoms of COVID-19, reduce your contact with others and keep a safe distance from others. For helpful information and steps you’ll need to take if you’ve recently worked onsite, visit
COVID-19: employee illness and leave.
Returning to Canada
Visit Canada.ca to learn what to do
if you become sick after travelling.
To prevent and mitigate your risks of becoming ill while travelling for work, read the
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): prevention and risks.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel advice for information on how to stay safe.
Travel advisories and destination-specific information
There are various active
travel advisories and
travel health notices related to COVID-19.
Traveling within Canada
Speak with your supervisor if you’re concerned about work-related travel safety.
If you or a family member needs support, contact the
Employee Assistance Program
(1 800 268 7708) - a confidential service to help with personal concerns affecting well-being.