Return-to-work plans for Toronto city office staff on hold

Based on recent changes to provincial public health guidelines, Toronto has advised some of its city employees to continue working from home wherever possible. 

On Monday, the city provided an update on its return to office plans for the city’s office staff, which represent approximately 25 per cent of its total workforce. The city had intended to reopen its doors to these office staff on January 4.

On Friday, December 10, Dr. Kieran More, the Province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health advised that employers in all industries should make every effort to allow employees to continue to work from home. As a result of this change in guidance, city office staff will continue to work remotely until there are changes to these provincial public health guidelines.

Counter services at City Hall and civic centres will remain open, as they have since August. 

“Given the new provincial advice, the City Manager has advised employees who are able to work remotely to continue to do so until the public health advice changes,” said Mayor John Tory. “I remain as committed as ever to Toronto’s recovery from this pandemic, and to continuing to adhere to public health advice – particularly at this time with the new Omicron variant – will help us do so and ensure that Toronto comes back stronger than ever. I also want to encourage everyone who is not already vaccinated against COVID-19 to take this important step and to remind those who are eligible to book their third dose as soon as they can.”

The latest information about city services can be found on its website www.toronto.ca.

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