What is the coronavirus?
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified as the cause of a worldwide severe respiratory illness outbreak, first detected in the Hubei Province in China. The virus is a new strain of coronavirus — which is in the same family of viruses that include respiratory illnesses such as the common cold, and previous outbreaks such as SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus) and MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus). Like SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, COVID-19 originated in animals and spread to humans.

The Teamsters Union anticipates a considerable upsurge in cases of COVID-19 in CHSLDs and private seniors' residences in the coming weeks...
Teamsters Canada is demanding that gas stations and highway rest areas fully re-open to transportation workers and asking federal and provincial governments to pressure them into doing so if necessary.

CN Not Doing Enough to Mitigate COVID-19 Risks for Workers

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) is taking issue with CN’s seeming lack of concern for its transportation workers.

Teamsters Set Up Bathroom Facilities at Vancouver Ports

Teamsters Local Unions 31 and 155 have secured safe and clean washroom facilities for members and non-members alike at the ports within the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The New Canada Emergency Response Benefit

The Canadian government will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to 4 months.

A Message to Warehouse Workers

People are talking a lot about all the work being done to keep our country running and well-stocked, but there are still so many unsung heroes. So we wanted to take an opportunity to specifically thank warehouse workers for everything they have been doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To my Teamster Sisters in Canada

We are experiencing an unprecedented global health threat that is affecting our economies, our social lives and our physical well being. As Teamster women, you are the ones on the front lines working to ensure that others are taken care of both in the workplace and at home. I want you to know that I stand with you, as do all your Teamster sisters in the U.S.

Urgent need to protect transportation workers from COVID-19

Transportation workers are the backbone of our economy and are essential to delivering food and medical supplies across the country. It’s a job made even more crucial by the current crisis; you went as far as to thank “delivery folks, […] truck drivers, train conductors and so many others” during your press conference on Sunday.

COVID-19 and school bussing: governments need to pay drivers

Laval, QC, March 20, 2020 — Governments must act quickly to ensure that school bus drivers continue to be paid despite school shutdowns.   At the moment, the situation is...

Transportation industry – March 19, 2020 Update

The Teamsters union is part of the crisis unit that was established by the Quebec Department of Transportation (Ministère des Transports du Québec – MTQ) in order to inform truck drivers on the consequences of #COVID19 on the transportation industry.

Truckers first

Given the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts, Teamsters are reminding employers of the importance of truck drivers in coping with the current crisis.

COVID-19 aid is a start, but more is needed

Teamsters Canada believes more will be needed to help workers through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coming out victorious

The COVID-19 pandemic is global. We are facing one of our greatest challenges, but it’s not the first time that collectively and individually, we are faced with adversity. I notice, with satisfaction, that we are already showing solidarity and compassion for one another.

COVID-19 and Your Employment Rights

Important information about #COVID19 and your employment rights. Read carefully and share this information from the federal government…

Employment Insurance benefits and leave -

Employment Insurance
benefits and leave

Employment Insurance benefits and leave information for workers, families, fishers and sickness, as well as how to apply and submit a report.

Transport Canada - Federal safety guidance

Federal safety guidance to protect drivers.

Federal safety guidance to protect drivers and limit the spread of COVID-19 in commercial vehicle operations.

News releases from the Government of Canada

Prime Minister announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Government of Canada is taking strong and quick action to protect our economy, and the health, safety, and jobs of all Canadians during the global COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 Resource center from The Canadian Labour Congress


Canada’s unions are standing with workers and their families during this unprecedented pandemic. It’s time to support one another and join together to ensure that everyone receives the support they need to get through this current crisis. This portal will provide links to our latest statements and actions you can take right now.

Some useful links

What are the symptoms to watch for?

Patients who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported with mild to severe respiratory illness including symptoms of:

  • Fever (around 90% of patients)
  • Cough (mostly dry, around 80% of patients)
  • Shortness of breath (around 30% of patients)
  • Fatigue / malaise (around 30% of patients)

It is important to note that there are many types of viruses (including those that cause the common cold and influenza) that present with similar symptoms, and it is difficult to identify the disease based on symptoms alone. The only way to confirm if someone has COVID-19 is through laboratory testing.

Current evidence indicates that symptoms generally appear 2-7 days after exposure, with a maximum incubation period estimated to be 12-14 days. If you have recently traveled outside of Canada or have been in close contact with someone who has within the past 2 weeks and develop symptoms, it is important to seek medical care as soon as possible by contacting your local public health authority and following their advice.

While most cases of coronavirus are mild and will resolve on their own, the disease can be more severe for some persons and can lead to pneumonia, breathing difficulties, or, more rarely, death. Persons currently at highest risk of becoming severely ill with the virus are older persons and those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes or heart disease). If you develop severe symptoms or shortness of breath, regardless of whether you are at risk for coronavirus, you should seek medical care immediately at a clinic or emergency room.

If you start having symptoms of COVID-19

Separate yourself from others as soon as you have a symptom of COVID-19.

Visit the provincial or territorial public health website where you are located for more information, including when to contact your public health authority.

British Columbia : 811
Alberta : 811
Saskatchewan : 811
Manitoba : 1-888-315-9257
Ontario : 1-866-797-0000
Quebec : 1-877-644-4545
New Brunswick : 811
Nova Scotia : 811
Prince Edward Island : 811
Newfoundland and Labrador : 811 ou 1-888-709-2929
Nunavut : 1-867-975-5772
Northwest Territories : 911
Yukon Territory : 811

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Teamsters Local Union 879

I want to recognize the amazing work that we, as Teamster members, are doing to assist our fellow citizens in this time of crisis and we must continue to do everything to protect all workers and their families in the coming weeks and months, and that every attempt will be made to continue to update everyone on this situation.

Teamsters Local Union 395

Teamster Local Union No. 395 has been monitoring the ongoing COVID – 19 outbreak diligently and we are committed to providing our usual high-quality representation to all of our members and their families. We understand that certain industries will be impacted by layoffs more than others. We encourage those that may be layed off to take advantage of the measures the Federal Government has put in place to at least have some income replacement.

Click to learn more about a list of the measures we have taken at the Local Union thus far and we will endeavour to update you as the need arises.

Teamsters Local Union 419

Not all heroes wear capes! Thank you to all my Warehouse brothers and sisters who are working 7 days, 12+ hours shifts . Just to get the necessities to our grocery stores in our own community . We don’t always get recognized for this but I just want to thank you all for sacrificing time away from your family .

Thank you to our Healthcare Workers as they just received an email asking for all hands on deck…

I ask all employers to ensure we put safety in front of profits, the frontline workers need to feel that we are all in this together.

Teamsters Local Union 362

The union says the federal guidelines to protect front-line health-care workers from outbreaks of diseases like the novel coronavirus don’t go far enough.

Media Contact

Christopher Monette

Director of Public Affairs
Teamsters Canada

400-1750 Maurice-Gauvin,
Laval, QC H7S 1Z5