We’re Here For You
Many of our CLAC Member Centres across Canada have now reopened, with all necessary safety and distancing protocols in place (see Critical CLAC Updates, below).
To learn more about what’s happening in your region or sector, visit our provincial pages (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario) or our sector page.
In the meantime, we continue to work hard to support you, our members. Please use our online services and call or email us for help—we’re here for you.
A special thank you to our members who are on the front lines! Your dedication and efforts are greatly appreciated and admired.
Critical CLAC Updates
COVID-19 Hardship Fund
Federally Regulated Workplaces
Federal Government Support (CERB)
Employment Insurance Information
Coverage Under Short Term Disability Plans
Mental Health Support
Additional Rewards for CLAC Members and Front-Line Workers
What Can You Do to Help?
- The following CLAC member centres are now open to the public: Langley, Saskatoon, Cambridge, Grimsby, Mississauga.
- Due to the public health orders in Manitoba, the Winnipeg Member Centre is closed from November 12 until further notice.
- Due to public health orders in Alberta, our member centres in Calgary, Edmonton and Fort McMurray are closed to walk-in traffic from November 27 until further notice. Members can enter by appointment only.
- CLAC member centres in Kelowna, Chatham, Sudbury, and
Ottawa are closed to walk-in traffic but are available for meetings and
- Please note that all visitors are required to complete
a screening form upon arrival. Anyone who is sick or who has recently
returned from out of the country will be denied access. Masks need to be
worn and physical distancing kept. Appointments are encouraged.
CLAC's COVID-19-Training page for the most
up-to-date information on course cancellations, training centre
operations, and training services across Canada.
Wearing a homemade non-medical mask/facial covering in the community is recommended when it is not possible to consistently maintain a two-metre physical distance from others, particularly in crowded public settings.
In some municipalities, the use of masks in many indoor public spaces and on public transit is now mandatory. You can check with your local public health authority on the requirements where you live.
Wearing a mask alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must consistently and strictly adhere to good hygiene and public health measures, including frequent hand-washing and physical (social) distancing.
Appropriate use of non-medical mask or face covering
When worn properly, a person wearing a non-medical mask or face covering can reduce the spread of his or her own infectious respiratory droplets.
Non-medical face masks or face coverings should
- allow for easy breathing
- fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops
- maintain their shape after washing and drying
- be changed as soon as possible if damp or dirty
- be comfortable and not require frequent adjustment
- be made of at least two layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen)
- be large enough to completely and comfortably cover the nose and mouth without gaping
Some masks also include a pocket to accommodate a paper towel or disposable coffee filter, for increased protection.
Non-medical masks or face coverings should:
- not be shared with others
- not impair vision or interfere with tasks
- not be placed on children under the age of 2 years
- not be made of plastic or other non-breathable materials
- not be secured with tape or other inappropriate materials
- not be made exclusively of materials that easily fall apart, such as tissues
- not be placed on anyone unable to remove them without assistance or anyone who has trouble breathing.
Homemade masks are not medical devices and are not regulated like medical masks and respirators. They do not provide complete protection from virus particles because of a potential loose fit and the materials used. They should be used in conjunction with proper hygiene protocols.
Medical masks, including surgical, medical procedure face masks and respirators (like N95 masks), must be kept for health care workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients.
CLAC has created a fund for members who are experiencing particular hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are in need, please talk to your representative.
Canadian group insurance carriers have come together to create a standard approach regarding COVID-19 coverage under short term disability programs. Most have revised their earlier positions, which provided for broad coverage in the event of not only disability but also quarantine. Moving forward, the standard approach will be as follows:
- Carriers will generally pay benefits only for individuals who ultimately test positive for COVID-19 and are also sick (i.e., manifesting symptoms) and unable to work. In this situation, many carriers are paying from the first day of absence if the individual is in quarantine. In others words, in these cases most carriers are waiving any short term disability waiting periods.
- Carriers are not generally covering situations where an individual is self-quarantined or self-isolated as a result of COVID-19 if the individual is not ultimately diagnosed as infected with the virus.
- Individuals who are sick or injured from non-COVID-19 related causes will be subject to standard plan rules (e.g., regular waiting periods, requirement to be unable to work, etc.).
- Carriers will be applying updated processes for approving COVID-19 related claims that will not require an individual to obtain a doctor’s note. For example, most carriers will be asking members to complete the standardized form recently developed by the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association.
We will continue to provide updated information as we receive it.
Federally regulated employees should refer to federal employment standards for information on job protections and available financial support.
Additional Rewards for CLAC Members and Front-Line Workers
As a CLAC member, you receive exclusive benefits that include access to great discounts and savings on a wide range of products and services through the My Rewards program.
During this unprecedented time, several My Rewards partner vendors are offering extra rewards to CLAC members and front-line workers.
Log in to myCLAC and select More for Members for a complete list of savings and discounts.
During this time of crisis, there are many ways we can come together as a community—even if we can’t meet together in person.
- Check in on the elderly and ill and help them out by dropping off groceries.
- Be kind to others.
- Connect with each other via technology.
- Donate blood if you are able. There is a current shortage and your donation could save a life. If you would like to register to donate under the CLAC umbrella, please use the following link: https://blood.ca/en/ways-donate/donate-partner/becoming-partner/team-member-registration and use the code CLAC022871.
We want to again encourage everyone to work to prevent the spread of the virus. Health officials confirm that the following measures have proven effective:
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Keep a distance of at least two metres from others.
- Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze, then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please contact your healthcare provider or your province’s hotline for instruction.
CLAC will continue to work hard to protect and support our members and will send updates as needed.