During all three stages of SHIP’s Reopening Plan, Public Health and workplace safety measures will continue to apply, including:
- Active screening before all visits
- Wearing face coverings in indoor spaces
- Hand hygiene
- Maintaining physical distance
- Capacity limits
- Sanitized work stations and clinic area after each client visit
- Staff to stay at home if they are feeling unwell
SHIP has aligned its Reopening Plan with the provincial guidelines and will also monitor regional reopening impact.
First and Second Vaccine Dose Eligibility in Ontario:
Individuals aged 12 and over in 2021 across Ontario are eligible to book their first and second COVID-19 vaccine appointment through the provincial booking system and call centre, or directly through public health units that use their own booking system.
For the most up-to-date information on vaccine eligibility, please click here.
How SHIP is supporting the Provincial Emergency Measures in Dufferin, Peel, and Toronto:
- Head Office (969 Derry Road) is closed but still operating by appointment only with staggered visits
- Peel Youth Village intake team will continue to conduct virtual intake assessments to determine program suitability
- Peel Youth Village continues with admissions; COVID-19 test are required prior to moving in
- In-person activities are not available, check with support staff regarding virtual/online client and family engagement opportunities
- Reduced and/or amended services in Peel, Toronto, and Dufferin
- Increased phone and virtual client visits
- Staff will wear a mask in outdoor communities
- Curbside pickup and drop-offs where required
- Enhanced community supports
Health, safety, and wellness are and always have been a priority at SHIP. We have introduced the “Work to Zero” initiative which includes enhanced health and safety measures at our offices, our buildings where we operate, and the communities we serve.
In Our Offices and Buildings
- Daily COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Nasal Swab Testing
- Mandatory protective face covering when indoors
- Only essential staff are in the office to limit capacity
- Sanitization and COVID training
- Visitor screening process
- Physical distancing with floor markings and poster reminders
- Sanitization and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) stations
- Staff are equipped with sanitizer kits
- Enhanced cleaning measures, including high-touch surfaces
- Limiting the number of visitors
- Delaying visits as necessary and providing phone/virtual care
- Plexiglass barriers for servicing areas
In Our Communities:
- Adhering to Provincial guidelines around outdoor meetings
- Refraining from sharing items or shaking hands
- Physically distanced visits
- Additional support by phone and virtual care
- Sanitizing before and after meetings
- Staff wearing procedural masks
- Clients wearing a medical or other protective face covering
- Public health recommends wearing a mask outdoors even when physically distanced
- Staff are equipped with sanitizer kits
During all stages of the pandemic, SHIP is providing service with enhanced safety protocols for the protection of both clients and staff. The enhanced safety measures may include, wearing eye protection, wiping down chairs and tables before and after each visit, and requesting an open window when possible. All visits start with a COVID-19 screening.
When visiting clients in their home, all staff will:
- Wear a procedural mask and eye protection (face shield)
- Bring cleaning and disinfectant wipes to pre and post clean a chair
- Use gloves when cleaning with the disinfectant products/wipes before and after the visit
- Request window open for the duration of the appointment and if possible 15 minutes prior to appointment per Public Health
Mental health and addiction supports are considered essential. SHIP continues to offer services in our communities.
Click here to access our Resource Page. Below are some additional community resources:
SHIP’s Wellness Resources Program continues to support SHIP clients with food security and wellness. If you need help, connect with us at 905-795-8742. If this is an emergency, call 911.