Updates for Members on COVID-19
AMAPCEO is continuing to monitor this evolving situation, and will keep this page updated.
- Ontario Public Service: The OPS Employer has announced a gradual return to workplaces, starting late September and continuing through to the end of the year. Info for employees can be found on InsideOPS.
- The majority of returns will not be full-time, for now.
- AMAPCEO has negotiated that members will receive at least two weeks' notice from the Employer, as much flexibility with their work hours as possible, and access to existing provisions, such as health or family status accommodations.
- If you receive notice from the OPS Employer asking you to return to the workplace, and you have health risks or child, elder, or other dependent care needs, please contact the AMAPCEO Workplace Advisor for your Ministry. AMAPCEO can help you work with your manager to develop a plan based on your specific needs, or failing that, see about applying for accommodation.
- FSRA: current work arrangements will be extended until 2021.
- Ontario Arts Council: current work arrangements have been extended until further notice.
- Ontario Health - Quality (formerly HQO): current work arrangements have been extended until further notice.
- Ontario Ombudsman: current work arrangements have been extended until further notice.
- Public Health Ontario: current work arrangements will be extended until 2021.
- Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care: visitor restrictions and other measures are in place.
Each employer will maintain regular contact with staff through workplace channels. AMAPCEO will also provide updates where appropriate.
- If you have a concern about your workplace, let your manager and your local Joint Health & Safety Committee know.
Where possible, AMAPCEO meetings and events are occurring via audio/video conferencing until the end of 2020. Some events have been postponed or cancelled.
AMAPCEO staff are working remotely while ensuring no loss of service to members.
- Health & Safety Representatives: trained AMAPCEO members who work cooperatively with the employer to address occupational health and safety issues in the workplace.
- Workplace Representatives: trained AMAPCEO members who can confidentially assist you in the workplace.
Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
- Work Health Life: offers free, immediate, and confidential assistance for any work, health, or life concern. Website features many helpful resources, and personal services are available by phone, live chat, email.
- ontario.ca/coronavirus: information from Ontario's Ministry of Health on how to protect yourself, what to do if you're sick, and how to recognize possible symptoms. Available in 30 languages.
- Telehealth Ontario: a Registered Nurse will take your confidential call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for free. 1-866-797-0000
- Find your local Public Health unit.
Travel Advisories & Restrictions
- travel.gc.ca: important travel advisories and restrictions from the Government of Canada related to COVID-19.
- Mental Health Resources: AMAPCEO
- Canadian Mental Health Association: CAMH
- Mental health checklist for getting through quarantine: The Conference Board of Canada
- Taking care of your mental health: Ottawa Public Health
- How to stay optomistic when everything seems wrong: New York Times
- How to avoid burnout amid a pandemic: BBC Worklife
- The 11 Best Meditation Apps to Help You Find Inner Peace: Good Housekeeping
- Tips for coping with our changing reality: Morneau Shepell
- Mental health resources and tools for COVID-19: Morneau Shepell
- Free government sponsored mental health programs: Morneau Shepell
Health & Safety
- Yoga and family fitness: YMCA
- Pandemic shows you don't need a gym to work out: Globe and Mail
- Why a wellness routine is your top priority amid protests and the pandemic - and how to start: CNN
- Can't stop touching your face? Here's how to break a bad habit: Globe and Mail
- Expert offers advice on how to avoid toxic, even deadly, cleaning mistakes: CBC News
- 5 ways to make your own COVID-19 face mask at home: Chatelaine
- How to keep your shoes COVID-19 free – and other pandemic cleaning tips for your home via Toronto Star
- Everything you need to know about face masks: Toronto Star
- Summer is here, and your mask is sweaty. Here's what to do about it: CNN
Domestic Violence Resources
- Support for domestic violence: CBC News
- Crisis support for abused women & seniors amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Assaulted Women’s Helpline
- Signal for help: Canadian Women's Foundation
- Francophone hotline for domestic violence: Femaide
- Confidential hotline for Indigenous women across Ontario: Talk4Healing
- Domestic violence during a pandemic: TVO
- COVID-19 isolation measures increase risk for those in abusive relationships: CBC News
- A new Covid-19 crisis: domestic abuse rises worldwide: New York Times
- Telecommuting tips: AMAPCEO
- How to work from home while being your best self: Slack HQ
- Tips for avoiding back pain and injury while working from home: CBC News
- How to avoid getting injured while working from home: Halifax Examiner
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Government of Canada
- Apply for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB): Canada Revenue Agency
- Apply for EI sick benefits: Government of Canada
- Parental support (one-time payment for at-home learning): Government of Ontario
- Carleton prof creates plain-language guide for getting government aid: Ottawa Citizen
- How to stay safe online during the COVID-19 crisis: Amnesty Organization
- Pandemic financial habits that are worth keeping when all this is over: Toronto Sar
Child and Parent Resources
- Learn at home: Government of Ontario
- Tips for keeping kids occupied: Globe and Mail
- 101 ideas to keep your kids occupied: Forbes
- What are my rights as a parent or caregiver during the COVID-19 crisis?: Goldblatt Partners
- Child/parent circle and story time: YMCA
- Why some kids are happier right now, and other unexpected effects of quarantine: CNN
- Learning from home: nature activities for kids: Evergreen Brickworks
- Physical activities for kids: Active for life
- Resources for supporting children's emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic: Child Trends
Mental health and well-being resources for students during COVID-19: Toronto District School Board