Federal Retirees COVID-19 Information Hub

COVID-19 information and resources
Federal Retirees’ COVID-19 Hub aims to make it easy to stay up-to-date and collects all our pandemic-related information in one place.
 

Important announcements and alerts: The United States government has announced that restrictions on vaccinated foreign travellers will be lifted starting Nov. 8, including at Canadian land borders. Official travel advisories remain in effect; Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada and avoid all travel on cruise ships outside Canada until further notice.


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the 2019 novel 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.

Older adult care in Canada

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.
 

Branch events and meetings

Meetings and gatherings will be different during the COVID-19 pandemic than they were before. Many Federal Retirees branches are choosing to hold virtual members events and, as of Sept. 1, 2021, some branches may also begin holding in-person meetings. If you plan to attend an in-person event, we ask that you follow all local public health guidance, including wearing masks and practising physical distancing. We also recommend all attendees – staff, volunteers and members – be fully vaccinated.

When you arrive at any branch in-person meeting, activity or event, you will be asked to fill out a screening form. If you’re able, we encourage you to download and prepare the form in advance, but if you can’t, one will be provided to you when you arrive.

Download the COVID-19 meeting screening and consent form. 

For the latest updates on upcoming Association events, reach out to your local branch and keep an eye on your inbox for emails and newsletters.
 

COVID-19 updates from our preferred partners

The pandemic has upended the lives of Canadians from coast to coast, and that certainly applies to Federal Retirees’ preferred partners too. Despite these unprecedented circumstances, our outstanding partners have proven they’re willing to go above and beyond to support Association members and to adjust their services to comply with public health recommendations. Visit our COVID-19 partner page to learn more or select a partner from the list.


Answering your travel-related questions

We’ve collected the most common COVID-19 travel questions we’ve received from members, so we can help you find the answers. Whether you’re wondering about the implications of the pandemic on travel restrictions, MEDOC travel insurance or the PSHCP, our FAQ article will point you in the right direction.
 

Further COVID-19 information and resources

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.

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.