Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

COVID-19: Workplace Health and Safety Information

On March 16, 2020 Prince Edward Island (PEI) declared a state of public health emergency to support the province's response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. As part of this declaration, school closures, daycares and non-essential business were closed. On April 16, 2020 a provincial state of emergency was issued to further enhance and support existing efforts to protect the health and safety of Islanders. As such, travel to and from the Island was restricted to essential travel only.

On April 28, 2020 PEI introduced a four phase progressive plan titled Renew PEI, Together. This phased approach will gradually relax COVID-19 public health restrictions for PEI and will require a concerted and cautious effort by all Islanders. Progression through each phase will be gradual and constantly evaluated based by the Chief Public Health Office. If there are concerns about moving into a next phase, progress will be slowed, halted, or even reversed to continue to protect the health of Islanders.

For organizations, as we move cautiously yet optimistically forward, it is important to understand that this phased approach does not mean ‘business as usual.' All services, businesses, and organizations will need to modify their operation in light of COVID-19 and will be required to create operational plans (COVID-19 Operational Plan Template) demonstrating how they will reduce risk. This will facilitate continuous monitoring and ensure adequate preventive measures are in place.

The Role of Provincial Regulators

There are two government bodies that regulate COVID-19 prevention on Prince Edward Island.

Chief Public Health Office (CPHO)

The CPHO is responsible for advancing health promotion on PEI and protecting the health of Islanders in accordance with the Public Health Act and its Regulations. The Public Health Act provides wide-ranging powers to prevent and control the spread of diseases such as COVID-19. Requirements can be placed on individuals (i.e. self-isolation) or on businesses with orders to address a health hazard. For more information, visit the PEI Chief Public Health Office website.

Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island (WCB PEI)

The Occupational Health and Safety Division of WCB PEI is committed to promoting healthy and safe workplaces for PEI workers and employers. WCB PEI supports the direction provided by the Chief Public Health Officer and provides guidance to workplaces on implementing appropriate preventive measures.

At WCB PEI, we are actively monitoring and adjusting to the COVID-19 situation to determine how we can best support workers, providers, and employers around the province, while ensuring the health and safety needs of our own employees. We continue to follow guidance from public health officials.

The following web pages provide workplace health and safety information for Island workers and employers during COVID-19. Please check these pages frequently for updated information.

The WCB PEI urges all workers and employers to follow the recommendations of the PEI Chief Public Health Office during the COVID-19 crisis.