COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information and resources

Temporary workplace policies

Remote and flexible work arrangements

UFV supports remote work arrangements in situations where duties can be performed from home; however, because of the breadth and variety of programming at UFV, one solution may not fit every role. In this current phase, remote work will continue as it has for the last two months.

Note: Remote work arrangements must be approved by supervisors and renewed every two weeks.

Attendance and sick leave

Staff and faculty who are experiencing flu-like symptoms should stay home. Report absences to your supervisor in accordance with your normal sick leave protocol to ensure sick leave benefits as applicable.

If you are an auxiliary or temporary employee (scheduled to work), please contact Human Resources and we will ensure that you are paid during the self-isolation period.

You must not attend work if you have been medically advised to stay at home due to COVID-19.

Note: As recommended by the Provincial Health Officer, the requirement of obtaining a doctor’s note for illness is suspended. Requiring these notes puts undue stress on the medical system.

Home office equipment and supplies

Remote work equipment

All faculty and staff who are working remotely are now able to use their professional development funds to purchase essential home office equipment for the fiscal year 2020-21. 

Approved remote work equipment includes:

  • Computers
  • Computer peripheral devices: printers, scanners, docking stations and web cameras
  • Office desks
  • Office chairs
  • Tablets, iPads (for teaching faculty only)

For full details on the Professional development requirements and approval process visit the HR Professional Development page.

Office supplies

If you require office supplies to perform your work remotely, Financial Services provides three options to obtain office supplies.

View guidelines for ordering office supplies, including purchasing requirements, ordering and delivery instructions, and forms.

Travelling on university business

All UFV-related travel for faculty, staff, and students outside of Canada, including to the US, is cancelled or suspended until the Government of Canada recommendations are lifted.

Learn more about how the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting UFV-related travel.

Frequently asked questions

Systems and procedures are in place to ensure little or no disruption to processing our bi-monthly payroll. Technology, internal and external, that is out of our control may affect the process.


At this time there is no disruption to the processing and payment of employee expense claims or vendor payments.


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