Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. The best way to slow its spread is to be well informed about the disease and how it is transmitted. Keep up to date with public health resources and recommendations from the Government of Canada and from your province or territory.
We realize that our membership comprises a population that is vulnerable to this virus and, in particular, the pandemic has exposed and aggravated problems within Canadian long-term care and home care systems. The shocking truth is that 80 per cent of Canada’s total COVID-19 deaths have occurred in long-term care. It is crucial that we use this opportunity to rethink older adult care in Canada. We urge you to consider our advocacy position on older adult care and follow along with our campaign.
Federal Retirees is also monitoring the status of planned events during the coronavirus pandemic. At this time, our national board of directors has cancelled all in-person membership events through to the end of 2020. Refer to our list of branch event cancellations and, for the latest updates on upcoming virtual events, reach out to your local branch and keep an eye on your inbox for emails and newsletters.
This Hub aims to make it easy to stay up-to-date and collects all our pandemic-related information in one place. COVID-19 articles from our newsfeed are all available in our COVID-19 Library and important updates about PSHCP/PDSP coverage can be found on the COVID-19 PSHCP page and the COVID-19 PDSP page. We also have a list of helpful links from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and information about the federal government’s COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad. Additionally, be sure to check out the COVID-19 information from our preferred partners:
- Collette update
- MEDOC update
- Hearing Life update
- Via Rail update
- GoodLife update
- Énergie Cardio update
- SimplyConnect update
This situation is unprecedented and scary, but rest assured that Federal Retirees is keeping a close watch. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us by phone or email if you have questions about our work, campaigns or events and to contact the Public Health Agency of Canada for reliable information about the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’ll continue to keep you updated about the status of upcoming Association activities and meetings as information becomes available and direct our staff, volunteers and members accordingly. Our decision-making process, in consultation with our national board of directors, is always informed by facts and information provided by official federal, provincial and municipal government public health and travel authorities.