COVID-19 Update

March 13, 2020

Dear Members,

The Union and the University continue to monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that members of the community are concerned, and we want to assure you that the Union, along with the University is actively planning for the possibility that the current pandemic may affect our work and activities here at U of T. 

Please note: Classes are cancelled as of Monday, March 16th, 2020 until April 3rd, 2020. 

However, university operations continue, and all three campuses will remain open.

Libraries, residences, food services, health & wellness centres, athletics and recreation facilities and other public spaces on all three campuses will remain open.

If you are sick:

We all have a role to play in limiting the spread of COVID-19. The University is asking that you stay home if you are sick.

The university has sent out its response to all union leadership, advising the following:

A temporary sick leave policy that will provide paid time off for casual or probationary employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. 

A telecommuting Guideline specifically developed for COVID-19 to provide a mechanism for employees who must work from home due to mandatory 14-day self-isolation after COVID-19 exposure, or for individuals who are immunocompromised. 

A self-declaration form that will allow employees to report a requirement for self-isolation due to COVID-19 exposure, or to request sick time following a diagnosis of COVID-19. Generally, doctor’s notes will not be required in support of these self-declarations, subject to some exceptions/limitations. 

You can find more information and links to resources on the University’s coronavirus page, including links to travel advisories and public health guidance on self-isolation. 

We appreciate the efforts of all members of the University of Toronto community as we work together to maintain a healthy environment on our campuses and preserve normal operations as much as possible. 

If you have any concerns, feel free to contact the union. 


Allan James

President CUPE 3261