ECU's Response to COVID-19:
We have developed telework guidelines and other resources to help with the transition to working remotely. You can find them at ecuad.ca/telework. We will update and add to these in the days and weeks ahead.
We also want to acknowledge that employees may feel separated or even isolated when working from home. We encourage you to explore solutions to address this concern. You can access resources through ECU’s Employee & Family Assistance Program at www.workhealthlife.com or by calling 1.844.880.9142.
Employees will work from home at least until May 4, 2020. You should, however, plan for the strong possibility this period will be extended.
Once we’re able to map out a return to campus, we’ll provide as much notice as possible and ask that supervisors be flexible with those who need more time to make necessary arrangements.
All non-essential university travel is suspended until further notice. Any request to book university travel should be made to your supervisor and must be approved by the President + Vice-Chancellor.
As part of ECU's paring down of services to align with advice from the Provincial Health Officer, we have suspended non-essential recruitment and hiring activities.
They will remain suspended until May 4, at minimum, and possibly longer.
While your application will be considered once hiring activities resume, we unfortunately cannot predict when this will take place.
We recognize that this is a challenging and uncertain time for everyone, and thank you for your patience and understanding.
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This is a challenging and uncertain time. It is not uncommon to experience higher levels of stress and feelings of being overwhelmed. If this is your experience, we encourage you to seek help and support.
Staff and faculty can use the services available through our Employee and Family Assistance Plan by visiting the EFAP website or calling 1.844.880.9142.
You can also consult a list of tips for coping with COVID-19 from Morneau Shepell.
If you are in distress, you can chat with the Crisis Centre online or call them anytime at 1.800.784.2433.
The BC government also recently announced a funding boost for virtual mental health supports during the pandemic.
Current supports are listed in full on their website, and include the following:
BounceBack™ provides free access to online, video and phone-based coaching and skills-building program. Seniors, adults and youth who are experiencing low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress, or worry, can receive care.
Virtual community counselling for individuals or groups at low or no cost.
Virtual mentoring and goal-oriented supports offered by peer support and system navigation workers.
Free access to Living Life to the Full peer support and practical skills courses for coping with stress, problem solving and boosting mood. The 8-week course is led by a trained facilitator.
Available April 20, 2020, a set of mental health screening self-tests alongside the COVID-19 self-assessment tool.
The Province has expanded funding for bc211, a province-wide information and referral service. It matches volunteers to seniors whose support network has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The service takes calls from people who would like to volunteer to help seniors in their community with basic needs, including grocery shopping and pharmacy drop-offs and check-ins.
Immediate 24/7 crisis support for victims of family or sexual violence is available by phone through VictimLink BC’s 24/7 telephone service. This service also provides information and referrals for all victims of crime.
Primary health care support is available seven days per week from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for B.C. First Nations citizens, communities, and service providers. This First Nations Health Authority program is for people impacted by COVID-19 and who are unable to reach their regular primary care provider or do not have one.
As of March 24, 2020: