Statement from the National Research Council of Canada - Business continuity during COVID-19

 

March 17, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – As Canada and the world deals with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), the National Research Council’s (NRC) top priority is to protect the health and safety of our employees, colleagues and stakeholders while working with our clients to achieve mutual business objectives and deliver on our mandate.

Along with our employees, we want our clients and stakeholders to be informed of the precautions the NRC is taking to mitigate impact on our operations and service delivery.

On March 15, NRC employees were advised to telework until further notice, unless they are needed on the premises for critical tasks. Directing our employees to telework will allow the NRC to contribute to the collective effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

All NRC business travel has been suspended. Meetings, including with clients and stakeholders, will be conducted electronically. Our employees will determine if meetings can be conducted virtually or whether the meeting can be rescheduled.

With all of the above in mind, we are ensuring that the NRC maintains project delivery through business continuity and back-up resources. We will also ask for flexibility from our clients when alternate resources or arrangements are required.

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