Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
All Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) employees are asked to work from home. Employees should only work from the office if they have been identified by their Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) as providing critical services and are unable to perform this critical work remotely.
Updates for employees
- 2020-03-30 Update on COVID-19 New
- 2020-03-26 Update on COVID-19
- 2020-03-24 Update on COVID-19
- 2020-03-24 Message from the Deputy Ministers
- 2020-03-23 Update on COVID-19
- 2020-03-19 Update on COVID-19
- 2020-03-17 Update on COVID-19
- Mental health support available to employees
- Pay and Pensions
- Submitting Invoices for Payment
- Alternative ways to provide sections 32 and 34 approvals
- Changes to the fiscal year-end timetable
- How to cancel travel plans
- 2019-20 Performance Agreements
- IT Guidelines
- Office Equipment and Supplies
- Information on leave, health and safety, and mental health support: COVID-19 Human Resources Guide
- Guidance and Resources for AAFC Employees
- Guidance on Leave (including students, casuals and terms under 3 months)
- Visit this page regularly for information about COVID-19 and follow updates from official sources
All work-related travel outside Canada is cancelled until further notice. Work-related travel within Canada that is considered essential must be approved by an Assistant Deputy Minister. Any employee returning from international travel, including the United States, is not to return to the workplace for 14 days from their return date to Canada.
For further information on measures employees should take, visit the PHAC guidelines on preventing coronavirus.
Help with organizational readiness
AAFC's Emergency Management Committee on COVID-19 continues to monitor the situation and will notify employees accordingly.
All managers/supervisors should:
- Share this page with employees, so that all employees, including those not connected to the network, have access to the latest departmental information
- Talk to your employees to ensure they know if they are deemed as critical and need to work onsite or offsite.
- Ensure your employees keep themselves inform daily by this page.
- Have a copy of their up-to-date branch Business Continuity Plan (BCP) at work and at home, and understand their responsibilities related to it. The BCP outlines measures, procedures, roles and responsibilities that will help ensure minimal or no interruption to critical services and assets.
- Update their team contact information lists (including personal information) and ensure they can access it in case of emergency.
- Remind employees to register for the emergency notification system and keep the Business Continuity Info-Line number (1-877-898-4449) handy.
All employees should:
- Discuss with their manager whether their position was identified as critical by their ADM, and understand their responsibilities related to it.
- Give their manager up-to-date contact information. This information should also be updated in PeopleSoft.
- Register for the emergency notification system alerts for information about emergency situations and what steps you should take.
- Make note of the toll-free 24/7 Emergency and Business Continuity Info-Line (1-877-898-4449), which can be reached from anywhere in the country. In the event of a disruption to AAFC operations, this info-line will play a pre-recorded message explaining the nature of the emergency and what you are expected to do.
Technical support for employees
For urgent requests, call 1-855-545-4411 (Monday to Friday, 6 am to 8 pm ET)
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