COVID-19 Tools and Resources

If you are unable to perform your duties due to a self-isolation period or illness related absence resulting from COVID-19 please notify your Supervisor/Manager, Chair or Division Head per normal practice to inform them of your absence and complete the Self Declaration Form.  

In response to operational changes resulting from COVID-19 and to support University of Guelph Employees as they navigate the changing environment in a healthy and productive way, HR has compiled the following list of tools, resources and information to assist you. 

Emergency Leave

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Ontario Government has passed legislation amending the leave provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to provide for an Infectious Disease Emergency Leave (IDEL) which is a job protected leave available to an employee that is required to be absent or is unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health and Safety


  • Information about ordering personal hygiene supplies, building readiness, signage and cleaning measures for common areas and high touch surface can be found on the Physical Resources website at PR COVID-19 Tools and Resources.
  • Personal hygiene supplies are available for purhcase from the Physical Resources Stockroom.


The University has suspended all non-essential hiring while we closely monitor the developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation continues to evolve, updates will available at the following links:

Remote Learning Opportunities

Learning & Development is working diligently to identify web-based learning workshops that can provide tools, resources and skills to meet your needs as we all adapt to remote or challenging work conditions.


Working From Home

  • Temporary Work from Home Guidelines have been designed to assist employees and their supervisors in assessing the suitability and expectations of a temporary work from home arrangement where an employee has been impacted by COVID-19. 
  • Work from Home Self-Assessment Checklist must be completed by employees and their supervisor(s) prior to commencing a work from home arrangement. 
  • HR Consultants are available to provide additional support and information.
  • The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recently announced two methods available to individuals wishing to claim home-based work expenses for the 2020 tax year. See the 2020 Tax Year - T2200S web page for more information. 
  • For employees wishing to request a T2200S, the new online request form is available on the Human Resources Employee Self Service Portal. See the 2020 Tax Year - T2200S web page for more information. 

Working Remotely

Occupational Health and Wellnes have provided the following tips to assist you in making your remote work space as comfortable as possible:

Udpates on U of G's Response to COVID-19

  • The University's COVID-19 website continues to be the most up to date source of information on U of G's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To learn about the University’s approach to gradually bringing students, faculty and staff back to campus safely visit the Return to Campuses website.