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

 

As we try to prevent the spread of COVID-19, employers must safely prepare and monitor employees who travel for work in New Brunswick.

New Brunswick has entered Phase One of the Path to Green. All travel into the province must still be registered with GNB. People travelling from Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Cumberland County of Nova Scotia, and the Avignon and Temiscouata regions of Quebec are not required to isolate or be tested for COVID-19.

Workers travelling to New Brunswick from outside of these provinces/regions must isolate with testing on day 5-7 and will be released from isolation with a negative test. See full details. 

Approved work-isolation plans for critical infrastructure workers outside of the provinces/regions above are still in effect and the isolation protocols must still be followed. New applications are also still being accepted. 

In Phase One, all other Public Health guidelines remain in effect including screening for symptoms, maintaining physical distancing, masking, cleaning and sanitizing.

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.
  • There are two streams for exemption:
    • Lower risk travellers include: Any persons, who have not travelled outside Atlantic Canada in the 14 days immediately before entering or re-entering NB.
    • Higher risk travellers include: Any persons, including residents/workers of NB, NS, PE, NL, who have travelled outside Atlantic Canada in the 14-days immediately before entering or re-entering NB.

Lower Risk Travellers for Work

Higher Risk Travellers for Work

Entry

Traveller registers at least 5 days in advance and is granted approval to enter New Brunswick for work through the Travel Registration process.

Traveller registers at least 5 days in advance and is granted approval to enter New Brunswick for work through the Travel Registration process.

Testing

  • 72 hours before arrival, or 24 hours after arrival
  • Weekly testing
  • Must be polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test from facility recognized by Public Health
  • 72 hours before arrival, or 24 hours after arrival
  • Day 7 test
  • Day 10-12 test
  • Must be a PCR test from facility recognized by Public Health

Isolation and Compliance

  • The NB-based business requesting the service verifies that it has a WorkSafeNB compliant operational plan and that workers/contracted workers will comply with all work isolation processes and requirements.
  • The NB-based business requesting the service has a WorkSafeNB compliant operational plan with a WorkSafeNB approved isolation plan
  • Employer’s isolation plan must contain a compliance component, including random visual monitoring and record keeping.
  • Justice and Public Safety (JPS) and WorkSafeNB randomly audits workplace


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. Subcontractors, or individual workers, may not complete the process. Only New Brunswick based businesses are eligible to apply. 

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 in the workers home jurisdiction, 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. Work isolation is a requirement, including an off-jobsite security plan to verify that workers remain isolated during off duty hours.

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.

PLEASE NOTE:

Guidelines are set by Public Health. Please refer to Public Health for the most up-to-date information.

Exemptions

The Department of Public Safety determines whether entry is authorized at the border entry point. For more information on border travel, please contact 1 844 462-8387 or visit the Government of New Brunswick website.

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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