Re-occupancy & resumption plans

This section of the website contains useful information about the gradual and phased re-occupancy and resumption of activity on UBC’s campuses and learning sites. 

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Please also note that this is an iterative process and subject to change, should public health guidance change.

You can also find more information and resources at:


  • What is the process for COVID Safety Planning?

    What is the process for COVID Safety Planning?

    UBC has developed a COVID-19 Safety Planning Framework for the gradual and phased re-occupancy of the university. The Framework aligns with BC’s Restart Plan and includes steps for the development and approval of UBC COVID-19 Safety Plans (CSP).

    For further details please visit the site according to your campus:

  • Where can I find the plan templates?

    Where can I find the plan templates?

    You can find templates and other supporting documents online, according to your campus:

  • Are there additional tools and resources to help me develop my safety plan?

    Are there additional tools and resources to help me develop my safety plan?

    Yes, a series of documents have been posted online to support you in preparing your safety plan. These include guidelines for safe washroom re-occupancy, guidelines for safe lab re-occupancy and physical distance guidance. You can find them at:

  • What is the process for plan prioritization and approval?

    What is the process for plan prioritization and approval?

    UBC has developed broad guidelines for the review and approval of COVID-19 Safety Plans. Overall, prioritization will be based on five categories. Please note that other factors may be considered as necessary in the timing of the approval of individual plans. The five categories include:

    • Academic/research resumption
    • Services that directly support the resumption of research, teaching and learning
    • Revenue-generating units
    • University ancillary services
    • Administrative units
  • Can I resume activity as soon as my plan is approved?

    Can I resume activity as soon as my plan is approved?

    As part of the approval process, you will be informed of the approved open/resumption date for your department. Please note: there may be a gap between the plan approval date and your designated open date.

    Once your plan is approved you will be responsible for abiding by the actions, to ensure a safe environment for faculty and staff. For example, all employees are required to complete mandatory training prior to resuming UBC activities, or as soon as possible if they have been working on campus since the remote working arrangements were put in place.

  • Does my team need to continue working remotely, while we wait for a decision on our safety plan?

    Does my team need to continue working remotely, while we wait for a decision on our safety plan?

    Any work that can be done remotely should continue to be done remotely. Once all measures described in your plan are in place, remote workers can return to campus in accordance with the schedule outlined in the approved plan.

  • Do I have to complete safety training before returning to campus?

    Do I have to complete safety training before returning to campus?

    All faculty and staff are required to complete mandatory online training if their work requires them to be on-campus. This training has been designed to help us all in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 on our campuses. 

  • UBC Vancouver: Where can I find information about my building during COVID-19 (including ventilation, water systems, and cleaning standards)?

    UBC Vancouver: Where can I find information about my building during COVID-19 (including ventilation, water systems, and cleaning standards)?

    With the gradual and phased re-occupancy of the university, the UBC Facilities website provides information and resources about Facilities’ operations and service levels for your building. UBC Facilities are working to ensure buildings are properly cleaned, operating, and maintained to provide a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff.

  • How can I find information regarding on-campus research resumption?

    How can I find information regarding on-campus research resumption?

    The process for the gradual resumption of on-campus research is being led by individual Faculties. You can find information about the process and it’s guiding principles here. It is anticipated that as Faculty safety plans are approved, these will supersede existing research resumption plans.