Important information for IRB employees

​​​​​Important information to continue critical support services, advice or decisions while our offices are closed during COVID-19.


COVID-19 advisories and messages—for employees:

​​The IRB is gradually re-opening its doors

The IRB is preparing to begin in-person hearings later this summer. To support this, we are resuming specific business functions in our offices. To ensure the health and safety of the public and IRB employees, anyone entering IRB premises is required to follow all directives and signage for each building.

Mail services have resumed at our Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto offices.

Consult the latest Business Resumption Notice for more information.​


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Risk to you

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 IRB will provide employees with accurate and up-to-date information related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 while travelling for work

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.