Campus buildings are closed – only essential employees permitted on campus

Thursday, April 16, 2020

This message was originally sent to employees by Kate Windsor, director of safety.


The Government of Ontario has strengthened the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act regulations over the past two weeks. To follow provincial emergency orders instructing the closure non-essential businesses, we have now closed all academic buildings previously open to students.

It is unfortunate that a small number of employees have chosen to ignore the closure guidance issued on March 26 and continue to come to campus unnecessarily. Employees are required to work from home unless they are performing essential functions on campus.

This means that unless you are an essential worker, you are not permitted to be on campus.

You must not be going to offices to collect files, plants or personal belongings.

Police Services are monitoring the campus and are approved to issue provincial notices to people who are not following physical distancing rules. These notices can mean fines of up to $1,000.

Access to buildings

Most campus buildings are now locked. Only employees who are performing critical functions AND require access to their workspace may obtain permission to access a building.

You must receive approval from your department head and ensure the necessary key/fob access is available. Your department head will be required to inform the Safety Office of all employees who are required to access campus.

Employees attending offices to complete work that can be done remotely will not be approved.

Please treat the COVID-19 situation seriously and play your part in stopping the spread.