COVID-19: Research and Wellness Information

Important links and documentation in relation to a phased resumption of university research activities that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can be found below.


IMPORTANT: New Updates Concerning Research Activities:

ADDENDUM TO ABOVE MEMOS: Researchers currently in other regions or countries conducting REB-approved in-person research, may continue, as long as they follow all applicable local public health directives and safety measures.  If you have any questions/concerning regarding safety while conducting in-person research, please contact

Please note, research and associated research staff in Grey Zone regions may not travel at this time to other regions or countries to conduct field research activities without a risk assessment being conducted by Occupational Health and Safety prior to travel; please contact for further information and guidance. Final approval will be provided by the divisional research restart process, where there will need to be a justification for essential travel and essential research. If approved, please note, field researchers must ensure they are aware of and abide by any travel restrictions and local public health requirements at their research host location.


UTSC Research Restart Documentation:


UTSC Access Request Documentation:


Division of the Vice-President Research & Innovation documentation to guide the recovery and adaptation of research:  


Division of the Vice-President & Provost guidelines:  


School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Research Re-Engagement:


Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Resources:


Wellness Resources:

  • Support and Advice for Employees During COVID-19 Webpage​
    • The main page to access wellness supports for COVID-19 specific resources
    • sections on mental and emotional wellness
    • specific resources on anxiety, depression, stress, resilience and coping skills
  • Wellness and Work from Home Toolkit​
    • A work from home toolkit to assist with mental, physical, social and team wellness
    • support for those working in isolation or in quarantine
    • sections on productivity, ergonomics and technology
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program
    • counselling, coaching and support available 24/7
    • extensive online resources including tip sheets and online self-paced courses
    • specialized help available for anxiety, depression, stress and developing resilience/coping skills
  • COVID-19 and The Impact on Your Mental Health (Webinar Recording)
  • Wellness Calendar
    • topics include mental, physical, social and financial wellness
  • The Wellness Hub
    • central source for all wellness services, supports, and resources available to employees across the three campuses and by a range of internal and external providers



Should you have any questions, please contact: 

Dr. Anika Mifsud (SSHRC and related grants), OVPRI Research Administration Officer

Jason Darby (NSERC, CIHR and related grants), OVPRI Research Administration Officer