Working from Home

Current Status

To minimize the number of people on our campuses and prevent the spread of COVID-19, all work that can be conducted remotely must continue to be conducted remotely until at least August 31, 2021. The only exceptions are:

One-time and occasional visits to campus can be permitted by supervisors and managers according to the above criteria. See the Approval Processes for Returning to Campus section of the Safety Measures General Directives for more information.

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Staff who wish to continue working from home

During the phased return to campus, managers and supervisors may permit employees to continue to work from home, subject to operational requirements. Speak to your supervisor about whether this could be an option.

A formal work from home program will be introduced this summer for implementation in advance of the full return to campus in January 2022. Employees who wish to continue work from home on an ongoing basis will be able to apply to their manager or supervisor for consideration.

  • Applications will be assessed based on operational needs. Some roles may not be suitable for remote work and therefore excluded from eligibility.
  • All approved requests will include a trial period and a regular review schedule to ensure operational and employee needs are met.
  • There will be a requirement for occasional ongoing in-person presence in the workplace.
  • All work from home arrangements must be in compliance with collective agreements and legislation.
  • Guidelines for the program, including the application procedure, will be shared by the middle of August.

Note: the following information is applicable only until the phased return to campus. The formal work from home program guidelines will be different.

Tips for working remotely

Learn more about setting a routine, setting up your workspace, caring for yourself and others, managing time and holding inclusive virtual meetings.

Work from home technology, equipment and supplies

Here's what you need to know about borrowing university equipment, and purchasing and picking up supplies.

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