Travel Guidelines

Taking time to rest is important for both work-life balance and a healthy workplace. When making plans for your vacation, please be aware of restrictions for return-to-work if you decide to travel outside of Canada or to other provinces.

Travel outside of Canada

On March 25, 2020 the Government of Canada  issued an Emergency Order under the Quarantine Act that requires people returning to Canada following travel to self-isolate for a period of 14-days (with some exception). 

Travel outside of Ontario

Each province has defined regulations for travel, with many requiring self-isolation periods similar to the federal government. Please be aware of these requirements before travelling. 

Leisure travel

In light of the Emergency Order and provincial regulations, employees who chose to travel will not receive staff wages during the 14-day self-isolation period.

Emergency travel

Employees who travel for emergency reasons, may be entitled to commence an Emergency Leave based on criteria outlined in the Employment Standards Act.

What to do when you return 

14 Day Self-Quarantine

If you have travelled outside of Canada, you are required self-isolate and monitor symptoms for a period of 14 days. 

If you are symptomatic

  • Do not report to work.
  • Stay home and self-isolate.
  • Contact your health care provider, Telehealth Ontario or your local public health unit.
  • Contact your manager and Employee Health Services. Follow the direction provided by Employee Health and Public Health regarding COVID-19 testing, monitoring, and planning your return to work.

If you are asymptomatic

Essential Services / Personnel

  • Do not return to work. 
  • Stay home and self-isolate.
  • Contact your Manager ad Employee Health Services 
In extraordinary and urgent circumstances

If you are deemed an essential service or personnel, and not able to be replaced, you may be contacted early for support. If contacted:

  • Return to work as requested schedule.
  • Report your return to work to Employee Health Services 
  • Review and follow Self-isolation Guidelines for Essential Services

Non-Essential Services / Personnel

  • Do not return to work
  • Stay home and self-isolate.
  • Contact your Manager and Employee Health Services.
  • Self-monitor your symptoms for 14 days.
  • Work remotely, where possible.
  • Contact Employee Health Services at at end of the self-isolation period. 
  • Be prepared to be asked to come in to work, based on clinical demand.
If symptoms develop while in self-isolation
  • Notify your manager and contact Employee Health Services

Green Shield Canada (GSC)

Travel benefit coverage through Joseph Brant Hospital may be jeopardized.

Letter of Support

For travel insurance cancellation purposes, the Hospital is prepared to provide a letter to support any personal claim that you may make to your insurer.  Please Human Resources at to request such a letter.

Work related travel

Joseph Brant Hospital has suspended all work-related travel and attendance at external meetings or professional events requiring work-related travel. 


If you have questions about travelling, speak to your manager. If you require additional support, contact Human Resources.

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