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Supporting our members during COVID-19

A message from UFCW 1518 Leadership

UFCW 1518 members are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. During this unprecedented event, they have been doing critical work to help flatten the curve on the pandemic and protect the public.

We have been in constant contact with members, employers, and government to protect workers’ health and safety and ensure they receive the recognition they deserve for their heroic efforts. Here you will be able to find important information about the COVID-19 pandemic, how you can stay safe, and what you can do to help front-line grocery, pharmacy, and healthcare workers.

Check back here regularly for updates and resources related to COVID-19.


About COVID-19

Reliable COVID-19 information for the general public from the BC Centre for Disease Control.

COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool

Use the self-assessment tool to determine whether you may need further assessment or testing for COVID-19

Applying for EI & federal benefits

If you're out of a job or in an unpaid leave due to COVID-19, you can apply for EI and other federal emergency benefits.

Filing a WorkSafeBC Claim

If you have contracted COVID-19 or have been put at risk of contagion at work, you can file a WorkSafeBC claim.

Applying for provincial benefits

There are additional emergency benefits available through the provincial government if you find yourself out of work or in an unpaid leave.

Childcare Resources

Still at work and have a child at home? Find out what support and resources are available to you.

Additional income and housing supports

Confused by the different options for support? Check out this handy cheat sheet from North Vancouver MLA Bowinn Ma


People who are feeling sick should not go into work, whether you are showing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus or symptoms of some other illness. If you do think you have been exposed to COVID-19, you can use this self-assessment tool to check your symptoms.

If you are asked to do something that is unsafe, the first step is to tell your supervisor that you believe the work is unsafe. The supervisor is obligated to investigate. If they agree that the situation is unsafe, they must fix the problem. If they don’t agree, you, your supervisor, and a Joint Occupational Health and Safety worker representative must investigate the problem together. If the group agrees that the situation is unsafe, it must be dealt with as soon as possible. If the group does not agree that the work is unsafe, your supervisor and yourself must contact WorkSafe BC to investigate the situation.

Check out our step-by-step guide to refusing unsafe work and our infosheet on your health and safety rights in the workplace.

If you have a concern about your safety around other employees you first need to identify if the perceived threat is in fact a risk to your health. Please talk to your co-worker and express your concern to them, they may be able to bring some clarity on whether their symptoms relate to COVID-19 or not. If you're not satisfied with your co-worker's response please talk to management. If you have exhausted these two avenues and have found no resolution to your concern, please get in touch with us.

Apply for EI right away. Here is some helpful information for applying. If you are worried about your job status following a COVID-19 related layoff, see the next question.

No. The Employment Standards Act has been amended in light of the COVID-19 crisis to protect the jobs of workers workers who become ill, who need to go into self-quarantine, who need to care for children or other dependents, or whose employer is concerned that the employee may expose others to risk.

Workers who don't have access to a paid leave are able to take unpaid, job-protected leave retroactive to January 27, 2020. Click here to learn more.

Apply for EI and file a WorkSafeBC claim as soon as you can. Here is some helpful information for applying. Click here for information about filing a COVID-19 related WorkSafeBC claim.

Your department manager will have specific information about what personal protective equipment you are allowed to wear in your workplace. We are asking government to require that grocery stores supply masks, sanitizers, and paper towels to staff on duty before selling any of these products, and ensure that all workers are informed of the process and procedures they need to undertake to eliminate risk to their well-being.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19 at work please don’t hesitate to get touch with us at 1.800.661.3708 or reception@ufcw1518.com.

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