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01 February 2022

COVID-19 GN Update - April 7, 2022

Minister of Human Resources update:

With COVID-19 public health measures scheduled to end Monday, April 11, the Department of Human Resources is updating its workplace health guidelines for Government of Nunavut (GN) workplaces.

While the public will no longer be required to take the same precautions against COVID as of April 11, the GN has a responsibility as an employer to protect the health and safety of its employees.

Given this, our workplaces and employees will continue to take certain precautions against transmission of the virus while removing other requirements. The guidelines recently provided by Human Resources will be updated where required and provided to all departments.

As of April 11, GN workplaces will continue the following exposure control practices:

Workplaces will complete site-specific risk assessments to ensure that appropriate controls are in place.
Employees will complete a personal risk assessment to verify that COVID-related risks specific to their jobs have been addressed.
Employees will wear masks in common indoor areas. Masks will continue to be provided.

As of April 11, the following practices will be discontinued:

Employees will no longer be required to complete a daily symptom self-assessment.
Sign-in/sign-out protocols that were implemented to facilitate contact tracing will no longer be required.

I encourage all employees to follow the established guidelines to keep our workplaces safe. As the largest employer in Nunavut, taking these precautions will help keep our communities healthy as we transition out of the public health emergency.

Department of Human Resources

Ongoing services:

As of April 11, GN workplaces will continue the following exposure control practices:

Workplaces will complete site-specific risk assessments to ensure that appropriate controls are in place.
Employees will complete a personal risk assessment to verify that COVID-19 related risks specific to their jobs have been addressed.
Employees will wear masks in common indoor areas. Masks will continue to be provided.

While mask wearing has been a requirement in public spaces for some time as per orders under the public health emergency, the requirement for the GN to take precautions against COVID transmission in the workplace comes from its obligations under the Nunavut Safety Act. While public health orders will end on April 11, the GN’s obligations under the safety act do not change.

Adjusted services:

As of April 11, the following practices will be discontinued:

Employees will no longer be required to complete a daily symptom self-assessment.
Sign-in/sign-out protocols that were implemented to facilitate contact tracing will no longer be required.

As the largest employer in Nunavut, taking these precautions will help keep our communities healthy as we transition out of the public health emergency.

Nunavummiut’s health is our shared responsibility! Remember: wash your hands, get vaccinated, listen to the advice of health officials, and stay home if you’re sick.

 


COVID-19 GN Update - February 1, 2022

Minister of Human Resources Update:

Ullaakkut.

I commend the people who are in isolation fighting the virus. I realize this is a difficult and lonely time. But you are not alone. Government of Nunavut employees and their family can call the toll-free number 1-800-663-1142 for personal counselling through our Employee and Family Assistance Program in any of Nunavut’s official languages. It’s free and confidential.

When we return to the workplace, we need to follow health and safety procedures for the well-being of all public servants. Updated health and safety guidelines have been posted on the GN’s internal website and distributed to all GN employees via email.

We also recognize the increased risk of infection from the Omicron variant of COVID-19. As part of our commitment to safe and healthy workplaces, we would like to assure all GN employees that additional measures are being taken to prevent exposure to the virus in preparation for the return to the workplace.

By using the latest information from the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer, the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission, and industry best practices, GN departments will be well equipped to manage the risk of COVID-19 infection.

The health, safety and wellness of Nunavummiut is our priority. Combining the best information from trusted sources with the expert knowledge of our front-line staff will allow the GN to continue providing sustainable service while protecting its employees. 

We must regularly assess safety procedures in the workplace and adjust, as necessary.  GN offices will reopen by February 1 (today) in all communities except for staff in Igloolik.  We continue to encourage supervisors to support hybrid schedules for their employees to balance work from home and work from office to reduce exposure between staff.  This measure will remain in place until February 11.

We must regularly assess safety procedures in the workplace and adjust, as necessary. 

  • GN employees in Igloolik will continue to work from home until the public health measures for the community are amended. 
  • All other GN employees may return to their workplaces today, however the offices remain closed to the public except by appointment. 

We continue to encourage supervisors to support hybrid schedules for their employees to balance work from home and work from office to reduce exposure between staff.  This measure will remain in place until February 11.

Lastly and most importantly, please get vaccinated and get your booster shot.

If you are able, please get vaccinated. By getting vaccinated you are helping to keep people who can’t get vaccinated safe.


COVID-19 GN Update - January 18, 2022

Department of Human Resources Services

New developments in your programs/services:

Yesterday, Government of Nunavut offices re-opened to its employees. GN offices remain closed to the public.

From January 17 to 31, in support of a safe and healthy workplace and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all GN employees are encouraged to continue working from home as much as possible and only go to the workplace if required. Supervisors are expected to be as flexible as possible while ensuring that operational requirements are met.

Ongoing services:

All current staffing competitions will continue and resumés for casual positions and current competitions can continue to be submitted by email, but staffing offices are closed to the public.

 

 

Nunavummiut’s health is our shared responsibility! Remember: wash your hands and surfaces, practice social distancing, listen to the advice of health officials, and stay home if you’re sick.


COVID-19 GN Update - January 6, 2022

Minister of Human Resources Update:

Ullakkut,

In the past few weeks Human Resources staff have been working around the clock to address the Government of Nunavut’s staffing needs during this COVID-19 outbreak.

Our priority is to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for all our staff while providing essential services for Nunavummiut.

In accordance with guidelines provided by the Chief Public Health Officer and the Worker’s Safety and Compensation Commission the Government of Nunavut has transitioned to a work from home protocol from January 4 to17, 2022.

All public servants, including essential service positions, are encouraged to work from home as much as possible.

Please only go to your workplace if required.

If you are required to be in the office, keep your numbers small, in accordance with public health measures.

We want to make sure that all our employees stay safe as they deliver services to Nunavummiut.

GN employee are encouraged to contact their supervisors to determine if they are categorized as essential and to make arrangements to work from home.

The GN has provided various supports to help employees work from home.

This includes:

  • IT supports and remote access to work emails,
  • video conferencing,
  • shared network drives, and
  • software applications

The Department of HR has also distributed updated guidelines and tips for working from home and in the office at this time.

The re-opening of GN offices is subject to public health guidelines determined by Dr. Patterson. Currently, Nunavut is in a lockdown until January 17.

If continued closure is to take place, a new update will be provided.

The GN will support our public servants to isolate when required. A special leave code is in place to address isolation. Employees are encouraged to speak to their supervisor about their specific situation.

I would like to take this time to thank our partners at the:

  • Nunavut Employees Union;
  • the Nunavut Teacher’s Association; and
  • the Worker’s Safety and Compensation Commission.

Together we have been working collaboratively for the health and safety of all our public servants in response to the COVID public health measures.

 

Department of Human Resources Services

Ongoing services:

All current staffing competitions will continue and resumes for casual positions and current competitions can continue to be submitted by email, but staffing offices are closed to the public.

Adjusted services:

All employees of the Department of Human Resources have transitioned to the work-from-home model and continue to provide human resources services.


COVID-19 GN Update - December 29, 2021

Department of Human Resources Services

New developments in your programs/ services:  All GN Offices will be closed to the public.  Only essential workers will attend workplaces.

Ongoing services: 

The GN will transition to have non-essential public servants work from home effective January 4 – 14, 2022.  Essential service positions will continue to work in-office if required, with limited numbers.  GN employees will work with supervisors to find ways to perform duties and job requirements away from the office.

Adjusted services: 

All departments/corporations (including HR) will determine what essential services can/will be delivered in the “Work from Home” method.  This may inevitably delay responses or services to their respective clients.

Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services: 

HR buildings will be closed to the public until January 17, 2022.  Training program deliveries and job interviews scheduled for January 4 - 17 will be reviewed on a case-by-case course depending on participants ability to join online while working from home.


COVID-19 GN Update - April 20, 2021

Department of Human Resources Services

Ongoing services:

At this time, GN employees in all communities other than in Iqaluit and Kinngait are to report to work as normal.

Adjusted services:

All non-essential GN employees in Iqaluit and Kinngait are to work from home. Your supervisor will work with you to provide any needed equipment or resources to work from home. Suggestions and tips for working from home can be found on the GN Intranet site: http://intranet/covid19/ and will be sent via email.

You can access your work emails by logging into Microsoft Office 365 on your computer at https://www.office.com/ or downloading the Microsoft Outlook app on your smart phone.               

All essential GN employees in Iqaluit and Kinngait who can work from home should discuss options with their supervisor.  Otherwise, they will continue to work at their workplaces and follow the Health, Safety and Wellness Checklists for GN Workplaces and the Return to the Workplace Checklist for GN Employees, read the COVID-19 Questions and Answers and follow posted health and safety signage to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can find the checklists, questions and answers and posters on the GN Intranet site: http://intranet/covid19/.

Contact HRcommunications@gov.nu.ca if you do not have access to the GN Intranet site and require copies of any of the resources posted there.

If you are unsure whether you’re an essential or non-essential employee, please contact your supervisor or human resources coordinator. This work plan may change. Stay in touch with your supervisor or human resources coordinator about any changes.

Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:

All non-essential GN offices in Iqaluit and Kinngait are closed to the public until further notice.

 


COVID-19 GN Update - April 15, 2021

Department of Human Resources Services

Ongoing services:

At this time, GN employees in all communities other than in Iqaluit are to report to work as normal.

Adjusted services:

All non-essential GN employees in Iqaluit are to work from home. Your supervisor will work with you to provide any needed equipment or resources to work from home. Suggestions and tips for working from home can be found on the GN Intranet site: intranet/covid19 and will be sent via email.

You can access your work emails by logging into Microsoft Office 365 on your computer at www.office.com or downloading the Microsoft Outlook app on your smart phone.     

All essential GN employees in Iqaluit who want to work from home should discuss options with their supervisor.  Otherwise, they will continue to work at their workplaces and follow the Health, Safety and Wellness Checklists for GN Workplaces and the Return to the Workplace Checklist for GN Employees, read the COVID-19 Questions and Answers and follow posted health and safety signage to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can find the checklists, questions and answers and posters on the GN Intranet site: intranet/covid19.

Contact HRcommunications@gov.nu.ca if you do not have access to the GN Intranet site and require copies of any of the resources posted there.

If you are unsure whether you’re an essential or non-essential employee, please contact your supervisor or human resources coordinator.

Remember:

  • If you are sick, stay home (special paid self-isolation leave is available).
  • If you have been in contact with someone who may have COVID-19, stay home and call the COVID-19 hotline at 975-8601 or 1-888-975-8601 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern to speak with a public health representative. There is a self-assessment tool available here: nu.thrive.health/covid19/en.
  • Maintain physical distancing: two metres (6.5ft) apart from others.
  • Limit group sizes as per public health’s restrictions.
  • Masks are mandatory in Iqaluit.
  • Meet remotely via email, phone or video.
  • Practise low or no-touch for common surfaces.
  • Wash and sanitize your hands regularly.

This work plan may change. Stay in touch with your supervisor or human resources coordinator about any changes.

Employee and Family Assistance Program

The GN encourages our employees and their family members to explore how our Employee and Family Assistance Program can help at this time. The Employee and Family Assistance Program includes a toll-free confidential phone number, 1-800-663-1142, that employees and/or their family members can call at any time to talk to a trained counsellor in any of Nunavut’s official languages, and also includes online resources and tools at www.homewoodhealth.com

Closed /Cancelled/Suspended services:

All non-essential GN offices in Iqaluit are closed to the public effective April 15, 2021.


COVID-19 GN Update - January 25, 2021

Department of Human Resources Services

The Government of Nunavut (GN) offices in Arviat are closed to the public effective January 25, 2021.

All non-essential GN employees in Arviat are to work from home. Your supervisor will work with you to provide any needed equipment or resources to work from home. Suggestions and tips for working from home can be found on the GN Intranet site: http://intranet/covid19/ and will be sent via email.

You can access your work emails by logging into Microsoft Office 365 on your computer at https://www.office.com/ or downloading the Microsoft Outlook app on your smart phone.

All essential GN employees in Arviat who can work from home, should work from home.  Otherwise, they will continue to work at their workplaces and follow the Health, Safety and Wellness Checklists for GN Workplaces and the Return to the Workplace Checklist for GN Employees, read the COVID-19 Questions and Answers and follow posted health and safety signage to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can find the checklists, questions and answers, and posters on the GN Intranet site: http://intranet/covid19/.

Contact HRcommunications@gov.nu.ca if you don’t have access to the GN Intranet site and require copies of any of the resources posted there.

If you are unsure whether you’re an essential or non-essential employee, please contact your supervisor or human resources coordinator.

At this time, GN employees in all communities other than in Arviat are to report to work as normal.

Remember:

  • If you are sick, stay home (special paid self-isolation leave is available).
  • If you have been in contact with someone who may have COVID-19, stay home and call the COVID-19 hotline at 975-8601 or 1-888-975-8601 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern to speak with a public health representative. There is a self-assessment tool available here: https://nu.thrive.health/covid19/en.
  • Maintain physical distancing: two metres (6.5ft) apart from others.
  • Limit group sizes as per public health’s restrictions.
  • Wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Meet remotely via email, phone or video.
  • Practise low or no-touch for common surfaces.
  • Wash and sanitize your hands regularly.

Find out more about COVID-19 and access resources at the Department of Health’s website: https://www.gov.nu.ca/health/information/covid-19-novel-coronavirus.

This work plan may change. Stay in touch with your supervisor or human resources coordinator about any changes.

There’s Help

The GN encourages our employees and their family members to explore how our Employee and Family Assistance Program can help at this time. The Employee and Family Assistance Program includes a toll-free confidential phone number, 1-800-663-1142, that employees and/or their family members can call at any time to talk to a trained counsellor in any of Nunavut’s official languages, and also includes online resources and tools at www.homewoodhealth.com. 


COVID-19 GN Update - January 12, 2021

Department of Human Resources Services

GN offices in Arviat and Whale Cove will open to the public on January 13, 2021.

Government of Nunavut (GN) employees in Arviat and Whale Cove are returning to their GN workplaces on January 13, 2021. GN employees in all other communities returned to work on December 2, 2020.

In support of a safe and healthy workplace, and in partnership with the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) and the Worker’s Safety and Compensation Commission, the GN has developed answers to questions about returning to work, a contact list, checklists for both employees and supervisors to assess and align their GN workplace with COVID-19 health and safety protocols and COVID-19 health and safety posters in all official languages.


Department of Human Resources services update - November 13, 2020

GN offices in Sanikiluaq and the Kivalliq region are closed to the public.

All non-essential Government of Nunavut (GN) employees in Sanikiluaq and the Kivalliq region are to work from home. Your supervisor will work with you to provide any needed equipment or resources to work from home.

Suggestions and tips for working from home can be found on the GN Intranet site: http://intranet/covid19/ and will be sent via email.

You can access your work emails by logging into Microsoft Office 365 on your computer at https://www.office.com/ or downloading the Microsoft Outlook app on your smart phone.

All essential GN employees in Sanikiluaq and the Kivalliq region who can work from home, should work from home. Otherwise, they will continue to work at their workplaces and follow the Health, Safety and Wellness Checklists for GN Workplaces and the Return to the Workplace Checklist for GN Employees, read the COVID-19 Questions and Answers and follow posted health and safety signage to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can find the checklists, questions and answers and posters on the GN Intranet site: http://intranet/covid19/.

Contact HRcommunications@gov.nu.ca if you don’t have access to the GN Intranet site and require copies of any of the resources posted there.

At this time, GN employees in all communities other than Sanikiluaq and the Kivalliq region are to report to work as normal.
 


Department of Human Resources services update - November 11, 2020

GN offices in Rankin Inlet are closed to the public.

All non-essential Government of Nunavut (GN) employees in Rankin Inlet are to work from home. Your supervisor will work with you to provide any needed equipment or resources to work from home. Suggestions and tips for working from home can be found on the GN Intranet site: http://intranet/covid19/ and will be sent via email.

You can access your work emails by logging into Microsoft Office 365 on your computer at https://www.office.com/ or downloading the Microsoft Outlook app on your smart phone.

All essential GN employees in Rankin Inlet will work at their workplaces and follow the Health, Safety and Wellness Checklists for GN Workplaces and the Return to the Workplace Checklist for GN Employees, read the COVID-19 Questions and Answers and follow posted health and safety signage to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can find the checklists, questions and answers and posters on the GN Intranet site: http://intranet/covid19/. Contact HRcommunications@gov.nu.ca if you don’t have access to the GN Intranet site and require copies of any of the resources posted there.

At this time, GN employees in all other communities other than non-essential employees in Sanikiluaq and Rankin Inlet are to report to work as normal.

There’s help

The GN encourages our employees and their family members to explore how our Employee and Family Assistance Program can help at this time. The Employee and Family Assistance Program includes a toll-free confidential phone number, 1-800-663-1142, that employees and/or their family members can call at any time to talk to a trained counsellor in any of Nunavut’s official languages, and also includes online resources and tools at www.homewoodhealth.com.


Department of Human Resources services update - November 6, 2020

GN offices in Sanikiluaq are closed to the public.

All non-essential Government of Nunavut (GN) employees in Sanikiluaq are to work from home. Your supervisor will work with you to provide any needed equipment or resources to work from home. Suggestions and tips for working from home can be found on the GN Intranet site: http://intranet/covid19/ and will be sent via email.

You can access your work emails by logging into Microsoft Office 365 on your computer at https://www.office.com/ or downloading the Microsoft Outlook app on your smart phone.

All essential GN employees in Sanikiluaq will work at their workplaces and follow the Health, Safety and Wellness Checklists for GN Workplaces and the Return to the Workplace Checklist for GN Employees, read the COVID-19 Questions and Answers and follow posted health and safety signage to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can find the checklists, questions and answers and posters on the GN Intranet site: http://intranet/covid19/.

Contact HRcommunications@gov.nu.ca if you don’t have access to the GN Intranet site and require copies of any of the resources posted there.

At this time, GN employees in all other communities are to report to work as normal.

There’s help

The GN encourages our employees and their family members to explore how our Employee and Family Assistance Program can help at this time. The Employee and Family Assistance Program includes a toll-free confidential phone number, 1-800-663-1142, that employees and/or their family members can call at any time to talk to a trained counsellor in any of Nunavut’s official languages, and also includes online resources and tools at www.homewoodhealth.com.

 


 

Department of Human Resources services update - June 8, 2020

Duty Travel during COVID-19

As of June 1, the Chief Public Health Officer has lifted in-territory travel advisories. Travel outside of Nunavut is still not recommended.

As of June 8, the Government of Nunavut will resume in-territory duty travel for employees, according to regular practices. Both essential and non-essential duty travel may be approved within the territory.

Duty travel to and from the Kitikmeot region may be approved as long as the flight paths do not require that travellers’ stopover and go through the isolation hub in Yellowknife. Departments may also consider booking a charter to or from the Kitikmeot region.

Duty travel to and from Sanikiluaq may be approved on charter flights only, as long as the flight paths do not require that travellers’ stopover outside the territory and stay in isolation hubs.

Non-essential duty travel outside of Nunavut remains suspended.

 

Online courses for GN employees

The Government of Nunavut and its partner Homewood Health have online courses to help GN employees and their families adjust and maintain positive mental health.

All content is based on current, best practice research and includes printable information, quizzes, and practical exercises. You can access courses from anywhere at any time.

The courses are currently available in English and French.

To access them visit the Homewood Health website www.homeweb.ca and follow the links to the member services area.

Employees and their families can also call the toll-free number 1-800-663-1142 for personal counselling.


Department of Human Resources services update - June 1, 2020

Minister of Human Resources update:

Ullaakkut. Under the guidance of Dr. Patterson, the Government of Nunavut has begun re-assessing the measures that were put in place in response to COVID-19. “Nunavut’s Path: moving forward during COVID-19” which was released last week and lays out the government’s approach to easing restrictions, based on reducing risks related to the virus while minimizing the impacts on Nunavummiut. Based on the current evidence on risk and impacts of measures, re-opening workplaces is considered a low-risk measure.

Today, I am announcing the end of the Government of Nunavut’s work from home program for Government of Nunavut employees. Starting Monday, June 8, 2020, GN employees who are currently “working from home” will be returning to their regular workplaces.

This decision was made in consultation with the Public Health Team and the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC). We recognize that a healthy workplace is essential to the health and well-being of all our employees, enabling them to bring their essential talents, skills and energy as they deliver services to all Nunavummiut.

In support of a safe and healthy workplace, the GN is following WSCC guidelines on risk assessment and worksite precautions and will continue to follow all orders and restrictions set in place by the Chief Public Health Officer in response to COVID-19. GN employees will also continue to receive health and safety information and guidelines on an ongoing basis. The GN’s Employee and Family Assistance Program is also available to support the overall well-being of GN employees and their families.

Representatives from each department are working this week to ensure that workplaces are prepared for the return of GN employees and that social distancing continues to be maintained. Some flexibility may be required as employees transition from homes back to offices.

We realize that with school closures and the uncertainty of summer day camps programs at this time that parents will need time to work out childcare options and therefore we encourage them to contact their immediate supervisors to discuss their options.

At this time, there will also be limited public access to GN offices in order to support social distancing and for the health and safety of all Nunavummiut.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all GN employees for your hard work and continuing commitment during these times. Your well-being is our top priority.

I would also like to thank Nunavummiut for your ongoing patience and understanding as we continue to provide necessary programs and services.

Thank you.

Department of Human Resources Services

All GN employees will return to GN workplaces beginning June 8, 2020. This decision was made by the GN in consultation with the Chief Public Health Officer and the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC).

The GN is following WSCC guidelines on risk assessment and worksite precautions to ensure safe workplaces and will continue to follow all orders and restrictions set in place by the Chief Public Health Officer in response to COVID-19. Social distancing will continue to be maintained in GN offices, and GN employees will continue to receive health and safety information and reminders on an ongoing basis. The GN’s Employee and Family Assistance Program is also available to support the overall well-being of GN employees and their families.

At this time, there will be limited public access to GN offices in order to support social distancing and for the health and safety of all Nunavummiut. Members of the public can contact GN employees as needed by phone and email. If in-person meetings are required, members of the public may be asked to follow social distancing or other health and safety practices.

GN Departments will continue to provide regular public updates on any adjustments to their programs and services now that the work from home program is ending.

 


Department of Human Resources services update - May 11, 2020

The GN is now accepting applications for the Summer Student Employment Equity Program (SSEEP).

More information is available at https://www.gov.nu.ca/human-resources/information/become-summer-student

Deadline to apply is July 17, 2020, but we encourage students to apply as soon as possible as positions are available now! Additional positions may also become available throughout the summer.

At this time, the GN’s work-from-home model is still in place and the GN continues to follow all public health recommendations and support social distancing measures. Summer students may work from home or in government offices depending on the nature of the position and the public health measures in place.


Department of Human Resources services update - April 30, 2020

Under the Government of Nunavut's (GN) work-from-home model implemented on March 20, GN employees in Pond Inlet continue to be supported to work from home whenever possible.

The GN Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) by Homewood Health offers a wide range of confidential services to employees and their families. Many of these confidential services are relevant in supporting employees and their families as a result of the questions and possible anxiety that has arisen from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Employees and their families can call 1-800-663-1142.

The Department of Human Resources would like to remind employees that if they have a reason to believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 to call the COVID hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., or call their community health centre right away, and immediately isolate at home for 14 days.

Employees must inform their managers if they are in self-isolation.


Department of Human Resources services update

Human Resources is working with Departments of Justice, Family Services, and Health to determine what additional supports they may need. 

Human Resources is meeting with WSCC to discuss how best to work together. Human Resources is also meeting with NEU regarding updates.

Unless otherwise stated, remaining departmental services are expected to operate as usual. Updates are provided daily.

Closed/Cancelled/Suspended services:

  • Upcoming Staff Housing Allocation Committee meetings are cancelled.
  • The Summer Student Employment Equity Program is on hold and may be launched at a later date.