Updates for Members on COVID-19
AMAPCEO is continuing to monitor this evolving situation, and will keep this page updated.
- Ontario Public Service: Until Sunday, May 31, 2020, only employees who support critical services are required to attend the workplace. Employees who do not support critical services and who can telecommute will continue to do so. Employees who do not support critical services and who cannot telecommute will be on paid leave. Info for employees can be found on InsideOPS.
- FSRA: telecommuting arrangements and resources are being increased.
- Ontario Arts Council: all employees are to telecommute until further notice.
- Ontario Health - Quality (formerly HQO): all employees are to work from home and waived the requirements for medical notes until further notice.
- Ontario Ombudsman: offices are closed to public and staff; employees are telecommuting until further notice.
- Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care: visitor restrictions and other measures are in place.
- If you are being told to report to your office, and you do not think it is necessary, please contact a Workplace Representative in your bargaining unit right away by phone or by email.
Each employer will maintain regular contact with staff through workplace channels. AMAPCEO will also provide updates where appropriate.
- Members are encouraged to use attendance credits (including special/compassionate leave) to cover care needs.
- If you have a concern about your workplace, let your manager and your local Joint Health & Safety Committee know.
AMAPCEO meetings and events are under review; some will be postponed or cancelled, while others will occur via audio/video conferencing.
AMAPCEO staff are now 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
Health & Safety
- Yoga and family fitness: YMCA
- Pandemic shows you don't need a gym to work out: Globe and Mail
- 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
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
- 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