Changes to Quarantine Leave for COVID-19 will take effect January 30
Canada Post continues to monitor and gradually roll back its remaining COVID-19 health and safety practices. In light of the current context of COVID-19 in Canada, we are changing how you access Quarantine Leave to make it closer to the approach we had in place before the pandemic.
Protecting yourself against the flu and COVID-19
In Canada, flu season usually runs from November to April. With COVID-19 still present, Health Canada recently approved two bivalent vaccine boosters that target the Omicron subvariants.
COVID-19: Gradual rollback of measures in Phases 7 to 10
In accordance with public health guidance, we continue to gradually roll back some of the temporary health and safety or operational measures adopted during COVID-19. Between mid-June and late July, as part of phases 7, 8, 9 and 10 of our 10-phase de-escalation plan, we are safely resuming some practices and lifting some restrictions. An overview of the remaining phases is included below, and more details about each phase will be provided closer to implementation dates.
COVID-19: Moving to Level 2 medical masks for all employees
Canada Post is moving to provide all employees with disposable Level 2 medical masks as part of our ongoing efforts to enhance pandemic safety measures. These medical procedure masks are proven to offer high levels of protection against COVID-19.
Decision on cease-and-desist application filed by CUPW
Canada Post has received a decision from Arbitrator Burkett regarding a cease-and-desist application filed by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). The Arbitrator has ruled that we can proceed with our current Mandatory Vaccine Practice. That means any employee not in compliance with the practice after November 26, 2021 will be placed on Leave Without Pay. In the meantime, an arbitration regarding the Practice will proceed further.
A hearing was held on Wednesday, November 24,th after the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) filed an application for a temporary cease-and-desist order. Canada Post respects the arbitration process and fully participated in the hearing, as did CUPW.
We understand this has been a challenging time for all employees and we thank you for your continued patience. Our commitment throughout the pandemic has been to ensure we are taking the necessary steps to keep employees safe and that continues to be our primary focus.
Canada Post’s new mandatory vaccination practice
Canada Post has formalized a vaccination practice in line with the federal government’s approach, after consultations with all bargaining agents. Our practice requires all employees to be fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccination practice being developed for all employees
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada Post has followed the guidance of federal and local public health agencies.
Canada Post is currently in the process of developing its vaccine practice in line with the approach recently outlined by the federal government.
Updates on safety measures
Read a CEO Update about our 10-year Health and Safety Strategy
Here is Doug Ettinger’s CEO Update in which he launches the new 10-year Health and Safety Strategy that will change the conversations, expectations and outcomes on safety at Canada Post.
COVID-19: Employees encouraged to get vaccinated when eligible
Many provinces and territories are logging a large number of new COVID-19 cases. Hospitalizations and case numbers in Ontario, for example, recently reached an all-time high. With public health units across the country grappling with Canada’s third wave of the pandemic, it is important you seek the latest information about vaccine eligibility in your area.