Official information

Important information to keep employees posted on COVID-19, measures to minimize its impacts, the situation at DFO and CCG, and answers to your questions about teleworking while coping with school closures, childcare disruptions and other challenges.

Government of Canada information

Consult Information for Government of Canada employees: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for the latest updates, an Occupational Health Advisory, and other important resources for federal employees.

For general recommendations from the Government of Canada for the Canadian public, see the official advice on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page or call the information line at 1-833-784-4397.


An Official Global Travel Advisory is in effect to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice.

Please also consult the Government of Canada's Pandemic COVID-19 travel health notice and Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) travel advice for travel health notices, recommendations against all cruise ship travel, advice for returning travellers, and more.

DFO and Coast Guard information

The Department has developed Cleaning Guidelines, which provide a national approach for all DFO and CCG buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DFO COVID-19 team has also developed a COVID-19 process map – a national approach on how to respond to and report potential or confirmed workplace cases of coronavirus disease.

The Department has updated the Guide on requests for temporary removal, purchase, and return of assets for working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the objectives of improving home workstation ergonomics and ensuring employees can continue performing their assigned duties.

Tips to prevent the spread


To help prevent the spread of infection, we encourage you to follow these good hygiene habits. 

  1. Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath) should consult with their health care professional as soon as possible. Employees should also notify their supervisor and should stay home if they are unwell.
  2. Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with symptoms of acute respiratory illness should notify their supervisor. They should also contact their health care professional for advice pertaining to their own exposure. 
  3. Sick employees should cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
  4. Everyone should practice hand hygiene: wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or clean your hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol.

To help prevent the spread of infection, we encourage you to follow these good hygiene habits.

You can download and print a high-quality version of our Keep germs at bay and viruses away! poster.