Important information for IRB employees

​​​​​​​​​Important information, employee resources, support and advice for the IRB team related to the evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and steps we’re taking to minimize the risk to our staff and the public.


COVID-19 advisories and messages ​- for employees:

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​Assessment by the Public Health Agency

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as high for Canada. Public health risk is continually reassessed as new information becomes available.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in other countries.

Please consult the destination page on for the latest travel advice.

How the IRB is monitoring COVID-19

The IRB has established a National COVID-19 Working Committee to monitor and address the situation as it unfolds.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has reviewed our detailed health and safety protocols and concluded that they “offer robust measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 infection.”

You are also reminded to register for the Emergency Response Mass Notification System to receive real-time updates on building closures or other security ​measures that could arise.​

What to do if you’ve become ill or tested positive after working onsite​

If you’re ill or showing symptoms of COVID-19, reduce your contact with others and keep a safe distance from others. For helpful information and steps you’ll need to take if you’ve recently worked onsite, visit COVID-19: employee illness and leave.

Returning to Canada​

Visit to learn what to do if you become sick after travelling.

To prevent and mitigate your risks of becoming ill while travelling for work, read the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): prevention and risks.

Visit Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Travel advice for information on how to stay safe.

Travel advisories and destination-specific information

There are various active travel advisories and travel health notices related to COVID-19.

Traveling within Canada

Speak with your supervisor if you’re concerned about work-related travel safety.

If you or a family member needs support, contact the Employee Assistance Program
(1 800 268 7708) -​ a confidential service to help with personal concerns affecting well-being.