Safely entering or re-entering New Brunswick to work amid COVID-19

New Brunswick is now in a Green health zone. At midnight, on July 30, 2021, the Province of New Brunswick lifted its state of emergency and the mandatory order (COVID-19) has been removed.

While a COVID-19 operational plan is no longer required, we strongly recommend employers develop a communicable disease prevention plan. 

COVID-19 is not going away. It will continue to circulate, as will other communicable diseases such as seasonal influenza, H1N1 and norovirus. COVID-19 variants also remain a threat. As an employer, you must take every reasonable precaution to keep your workplace healthy and safe.

Learn about required and recommended measures to prevent communicable disease in your workplace

 

UPDATE: JUNE 17, 2021

New Brunswick has entered Phase 2 on the path toward the Green level of the COVID-19 recovery plan. If entering or re-entering the province for work, you do not need to apply for a critical infrastructure exemption if you:

  • Have not been outside the Atlantic provinces, or Avignon or Témiscouata in Quebec in the previous 14 days;
  • Are a Canadian resident with at least one dose of vaccine, or;
  • Are coming from an international location and have received two doses of vaccine.

Travel registration continues to be required for all travellers entering New Brunswick from outside the Atlantic provinces.

See full GNB news release.

Please note that this exemption does not fully remove the requirement to isolate - it provides a modified work isolation option to facilitate workers being available for critical tasks.

The Critical Infrastructure Worker Exemption Process sets out the conditions, criteria and measures that apply to each situation.

All workers not admitted to the province by Justice and Public Safety through their travel registration will be required to self-isolate for 14 days unless they receive a written exception from WorkSafeNB before entering the province.

Process Overview

  • An exemption will be considered in those situations where a 14-day period of self-isolation would create:
    • an immediate or imminent risk to the health and safety of New Brunswickers;
    • an immediate or imminent risk to critical services or critical supply chains necessary for the daily lives of New Brunswickers; or
    • severe, irreparable economic harm, such as immediate or immediate job loss, company shutdown, or pose an immediate or imminent risk to New Brunswick’s economy.

Application for Exemption

The critical infrastructure self-isolation exemption application process is a two-stage process. NB-based employers or businesses are responsible for completing the application for approval.

In Stage 1, WorkSafeNB, supported by the Departments of Justice and Public Safety and Health, determines whether the applicant meets the criteria for the exemption. 

In Stage 2, WorkSafeNB works with the applicant to ensure that all the applicable public health and workers safety measures are in place before issuing an official approval. WorkSafeNB works with all applicants that have passed through Stage 1 successfully to complete the Stage 2 process.

To complete the eligibility questionnaire, use this link. After completing a review of your answers, you will be advised whether you are eligible to travel into New Brunswick for work, as well as the subsequent steps for approval.

Testing

Critical infrastructure workers approved for an exemption must produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in New Brunswick. If this is not available the worker must provide evidence on entry in that New Brunswick that a test has been scheduled within 24 hours of their arrival in NB. Test should be requested several days prior to the date they are required.

Workers may schedule a test at GNB COVID-19 Test Request: Covid-19 Testing (snb.ca)

Critical infrastructure workers may be given priority to receive expedited testing depending on demand. 

Isolation Plans and Workplace Safety

New Brunswick organizations that apply for an exemption must submit an Isolation Plan that meets existing WorkSafeNB requirements. 

You will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Select the primary critical infrastructure sector that your application references.
  2. Provide the key impact(s) to critical infrastructure in New Brunswick, or the jurisdiction that NB workers must travel to, if the work is not completed at this time.
  3. Provide information to validate that the number of workers travelling to complete the work has been limited to those necessary to complete the work.
  4. Provide information to validate that human resources, skills or competencies needed to complete the work are not available in NB, or the destination jurisdiction, in the timeframe needed, including the efforts you have undertaken to obtain these within the province.
  5. Where are the workers travelling to/from?
  6. How many workers and for how long of a stay?

*Critical Infrastructure (CI) refers to processes, systems, facilities, technologies, networks, assets and services essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Canadians and the effective functioning of government. CI can be stand-alone or interconnected and interdependent within and across provinces, territories and national borders. Disruptions of CI could result in catastrophic loss of life, adverse economic effects and significant harm to public confidence. 

Do you already have an approved plan with WorkSafeNB to travel into New Brunswick for work? If your plan was approved after January 24, 2021, you may be able to renew or revise an existing approval instead of starting over. Only the details listed below may change as part of a renewal or revision:

  • contact information
  • worker information
  • dates
  • work location
  • supervisor
  • off duty supervision contact
  • active screening procedures
  • place of accommodation

Please have your existing, approval stamped, documentation and 32-digit reference number ready.

Apply for a renewal or revision here.

International considerations

Workers entering from international locations are subject to the Federal Quarantine Act. Please contact the Canadian Border Services Agency to obtain the requirements. 

Questions?

If you have any questions related to the isolation elements or the COVID-19 operational plan, in general, please email prevention@ws-ts.nb.ca or call toll-free 1 800 999-9775. 

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