Human Resource Planning

Please note that as things change rapidly, Q&As and guidelines will be updated. Review this website often to ensure you have the most up to date information or consult your leader if you have concerns or identify discrepancies. 


If someone is worried they have been exposed to COVID-19 or sick, what is the advice for staying home and/or self-isolating?  

Employees and medical staff should stay at home when sick, regardless of symptom severity. 

The BC Government is recommending against all non-essential travel outside of Canada, including to the United States. Anyone who chooses to travel outside of Canada will be asked to stay away from work or school for 14 days upon their return. If this advice from the BC Government changes, we will inform medical staff.

However, Non-health care providers who are currently travelling outside of Canada and return from travel after 4pm on Thursday, March 12 are required to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

*New* Please be advised that self-isolation does not apply to health-care workers who travel outside of Canada and provide direct patient care (e.g. physicians, nurses, care aides, etc.) unless they have travelled to Hubei Province in China, Italy, or Iran.

All health-care providers who have travelled outside of Canada are required to self-monitor daily and use appropriate PPE when providing care. If a health-care worker develops symptoms, they should self-isolate and contact the regional medical health officer for Vancouver Coastal at 1-604-527-4893.

If a health-care provider develops symptoms while providing care, they should immediately put on a mask and finish any essential services they are providing before self-isolating.

If medical staff or trainees had contact with a possible case of COVID-19, but are asymptomatic, they should still report to work and monitor themselves for any symptom onset unless they have been told to self-quarantine by Public Health.

​In the event that this is a confirmed case, Public Health will work in collaboration with the Provincial Workplace Health Call Centre (WHCC) to initiate contact tracing of health care workers as per the direction of the Medical Health Officer. The MHO will advise the physician if they need to self-isolate based on this investigation.

Employee Safety can support medical staff through this process and answer any questions they might have. Please contact

What is the plan in case we start to have shortages of medical staff? 

Whether you work in the Emergency Department, ICU or Long Term Care, we need to hope for the best but be prepared for the worst, including the possibility of a prolonged and major epidemic.

Your department has already submitted contingency plans in case medical staff are off sick. Residents are being redeployed by program directors to the places which will have the most need.

If you are interested in playing additional roles during COVID including but not limited to: working directly on a COVID ward, CST support, other family support, contact Medical affairs at: and they will get information from you regarding your skills and interests.

If I cannot come to work can I use disability insurance? 
All members of Doctors of BC and Resident Doctors of BC are covered by their disability insurance.  As per Sun Life, they will be treating all COVID cases (symptomatic or under quarantine) as first day hospitalization and use this as the date of disability.  Therefore, there would be no elimination period.  As of March 15, 2020, Doctors of British Columbia has provided an update on the Physician Disability Insurance and Quarantine Income Replacement programs. If physicians are required to enter into quarantine, whether due to illness or possible exposure to COVID-19, they will be covered through the government-funded Physician Disability Insurance, provided they are already enrolled in the plan. To be eligible for this coverage, they will need an Attending Physician Statement (APS) confirming the circumstances of the exposure.


This page last updated Apr 1, 2020 11:53am PDT