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

The Ontario Government has passed legislation amending the leave provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000.  Amended leave provisions apply to two broad categories of reasons for an employee needing to be absent from 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.


  • A variety of online wellness-related resources and virtual events can be found on the Wellness@Work COVID-19 Wellness Resources web page.

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.

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.