Flood situation in the National Capital region: Federal building closures

May 7, 2017

The following message was just issued from the Government of Canada:

Flood situation in the National Capital region: Federal building closures

With the flood situation continuing to worsen in many regions of Ontario and Quebec, our top priority is the safety and security of our employees, and those in our community. The latest information available indicates there is the potential for more local flooding and road closures, which may result in evacuations in some areas or significant delays on the roads over the next few days.

In order to reduce traffic congestion and allow emergency services to help those in need, employees who normally travel over the interprovincial bridges should stay home Monday.

In addition, all federal buildings in Gatineau will be closed Monday.

For those impacted by the flooding, support is available to both yourself and your family through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Confidential and bilingual counselling is available via the EAP at 1-800-268-7708, or at 1-800-567-5803 for the hearing impaired.

Managers are encouraged to work with employees affected by the flooding on flexible work arrangements. To reduce stress on the infrastructure technology network, employees are encouraged to limit use of Internet and videoconferencing services to essential requirements, as well as to avoid sending large files including via emails.

Managers are responsible for monitoring potential or real adverse impacts that may impede their ability to deliver on their business. Identification of such risk, building closure or evacuation must be reported to the Emergency Management Team or 1-855-591-0550, Option 6) immediately.

If you have any questions, please speak with your manager. Managers who require advice related to leave should contact their Labour Relations Advisor.

Please visit the Quebec Transport and Ontario Transport websites for regular updates.