COVID-19 Update – Waterloo employees asked to work from home

Monday, March 16, 2020

Earlier today, and following a number of the COVID-19 developments around the globe, I have asked members of Executive Council to make plans to enable employees to work from home, until further notice.  You should expect guidance from your department head or manager on this direction today.

However, people in roles that leaders deem are essential to the ongoing and safe operation of our campus should report to work. The University will make sure that we can follow public health guidance for social distancing and cleaning protocols.

We understand that this is a unprecedented time and we are committed to supporting our whole community. I have been impressed by the sense of calm and co-operation exhibited by our entire campus community.

We are implementing this change in response to new guidance late on Sunday from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Region of Waterloo Public Health. Health authorities have advised that everyone engage in social distancing, which means maintaining a distance from other people and avoiding places where large groups of people gather.

Additional information and resources

We are keeping the University’s  COVID-19 website up to date with information.

If you have questions or concerns about coronavirus and Waterloo, please email  and  our team will help find the right campus contact. 

Thank you for your continued commitment and patience, especially as we navigate our way through this difficult period.