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Updated: How Canadian companies are responding to COVID-19

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This story was updated March 13 to include new information from Air Transat, Via Rail, Miovision, Borrowell, University of Toronto, McGill University, York University, Concordia University, Western University and Cineplex, which is reducing seating capacity in all theatres by half to allow for social distancing. 

Canada’s biggest tech companies and financial institutions have significantly restricted business travel as they closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 on markets and their employees. 

The Logic surveyed 38 companies, including banks, investment funds and post-secondary institutions to find out what measures they have put in place for their employees in response to the disease. Also included in this list are some other companies that have already publicly disclosed their COVID-19 policies. By sharing information about how companies are approaching COVID-19 in the workplace, we hope others can learn and consider their own policies.

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Around 62 per cent of the companies listed have restricted travel due to COVID-19. Six have asked people to work from home. Worldwide, over 300 business conferences (and counting) have been cancelled, delayed or moved online.

Of those listed below, 19 have restricted or limited business travel, while six have asked their employees to work from home. Over 300 business conferences (and counting) have been cancelled, delayed or moved online, including Collision, one of North America’s biggest tech events, set to take place in Toronto in June, as well as Shopify’s and OpenText’s events. 

On March 10, Communitech cancelled its True North Festival, planned for June, and C100 postponed its March 23 Canadians in Tech event.

Seventeen of the 38 surveyed either declined to comment, citing internal policies, or didn’t respond by publication time. 

If you’d like your company included on this list, please email us at [email protected]. Your identity will be kept anonymous. 

This list will be updated as policies are revised and additional responses are received.

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