Remote Work Extended to August 31

The work-remotely directive for employees is extended until August 31, 2021.


Dear colleagues,

At the end of January, we announced that the spring and summer terms will be primarily remote given the ongoing challenges and public health restrictions. So, it will likely be unsurprising that we are extending our work-remotely directive until August 31, 2021. 

Campus culture and community remain integral to the U of A experience. As the vaccine rolls out, we all look forward to a future where it will be safer to work with one another again on campus. Until then, please continue to protect colleagues and students by working remotely. All work that can be done remotely must be. See exceptions. If you need accommodation, equipment or support, please speak with your manager or supervisor. 

What’s new

  • Resources for getting through the pandemic: View upcoming events, learn about supporting your colleagues and identify ways to care for yourself and your family. 
  • Claiming COVID-19 work-from-home expenses on your 2020 tax return: Under the Canadian Revenue Agency’s new administrative policy, you may claim expenses using one of two different methods if you worked from home full or part time for more than 50% of the time for a period of at least four consecutive weeks in 2020 due to COVID-19 between March 16, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

What we’re working on next

  • How to maximize in-person student learning opportunities in fall: The Public Health Response Team is currently looking at all options. We hope to share an in-person schedule before the end of April. Employees who will need to return to work on campus will receive at least 10 business days’ notice. 
  • A long-term remote work program: Considering how to support employee engagement and well-being while ensuring productivity, operational efficiency and excellent customer service. We will provide more information in the summer. 
  • Implications of the vaccine for our campuses: The Public Health Response Team has established a working group to assess the implications of the COVID-19 vaccinations on university operations. The working group is scheduled to complete its research and develop its recommendations in March.   

As always, thank you for the care you’ve taken during the pandemic, and the work you’re doing for the university. 

Take care,

Todd Gilchrist 
Vice President, University Services and Finance