Apply to work isolate or register as a rotational worker in PEI

It is important for everyone to be able to work and spend time with family. Many Islanders must leave the province to go to work. As a worker who travels, the following requirements allow you to spend time with family during the limited time you are at home while still balancing the risk of COVID-19 transmission in PEI.

Recognizing that many Islanders are back to work and that all work is important, the COVID-19 isolation and testing requirements for workers may vary depending on where you have been travelling and your workplace requirements.

Unless otherwise noted, this direction applies both to PEI residents and to those coming to PEI to work.

Arriving from anywhere inside Canada

  1. Workers (including healthcare workers) traveling within the Atlantic Bubble (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island) do not have to self-isolate or be tested before returning to work on PEI.
  2. Workers arriving to PEI from within Canada but outside of the Atlantic Provinces must follow the requirements, as outlined below:
Healthcare facilities (including LTC) Rotational workers who are residents of PEI* Other workers

Work isolation for 14 days

Test at 0-2, 4-7, and 10-12 days

Must test negative prior to start of work

When not at work, self-isolate for 14 days

No isolation but further precautionary measures required while in the community. (see below)

Test at 0-2, 4-7, and 10-12 days

If testing is not done, worker must self-isolate for 14 days

 

Work-isolation for 14 days

Test at 0-2, 4-7, and 10-12 days

Must test negative prior to start of work.

When not at work, self-isolate for 14 days.

Arriving from anywhere outside of Canada

  1. If you are told at the Canadian border that you must isolate for 14 days, you must self-isolate for 14 days in PEI. (Test at 0-2 and 10-12 days after arrival)
  2. If you are told you do not have to isolate at the Canadian border and are exempted as per the federal Quarantine Act and returning to PEI, you must follow the requirements, as outlined below:
Healthcare workers (including LTC) Rotational workers who are residents of PEI** Other workers

Self-isolation for 14 days.

Test at day 0-2 and 10-12.

See federal exempted workers** section below

Work-isolation for 14 days.

Test at day 0-2, 4-7 and 10-12 days

If not working while in PEI, self- isolate for 14 days and test at day 0-2 and 10-12.

NOTE: PEI officials receive lists of workers who are exempted from isolation at the Canadian border.

What does isolation mean?

There are two types of isolation: self-isolation and work isolation.

Self-isolation

Self-isolation requires you to stay in your residence or on your property, except to seek emergency medical care. As an individual in self-isolation, you cannot attend public events, go to the grocery store or other retail outlets, and must arrange for no contact delivery of food, medication and other essentials.

Work isolation

Work isolation is similar to self-isolation except that you can go to work provided you maintain physical distancing from others, wear a non-medical mask, practice hand hygiene, and monitor for symptoms. Similar to self-isolation, you cannot attend public events, go to the grocery store or other retail outlets, and must arrange no-contact delivery of food, medication and other essentials. When at home, you  must follow the self-isolation guidance.

Rotational workers

Rotational workers are PEI residents who travel routinely outside of Atlantic Canada and are on a set schedule.  Rotational workers spend at  least 50% of their time working outside of the province and 21 days or less in the province when not at work.

Testing is required, but you do not have to isolate away from your family.

For the duration of your time at home, you must wear a non-medical mask or face covering when in public, keep your circle of contacts small, avoid all gatherings, wash your hands frequently and respect all public health measures.

Federally exempted workers: transportation crew, military and Coast Guard

If you are a commercial pilot or air crew member, commercial truck driver, Coast Guard, or military personnel and travel internationally for work, you are exempt from self-isolation under the federal order: Minimizing the Risk of Exposure to COVID-19 in Canada.

However, when you are on PEI, you must be tested at day 0-2, 4-7 and 10-12. As well, for your first 14 days at home, you must wear a non-medical mask or face covering when in public, keep your circle of contacts small, avoid all gatherings, wash your hands frequently and respect all public health measures.

International temporary workers and students

As an international student or temporary foreign worker, you must self- isolate for 14 days in a designated provincial facility, upon your arrival to PEI. Testing is required at day 0-2 and 10-12 after your arrival.

Health and Wellness

General Inquiries

Department of Health and Wellness
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
105 Rochford Street
Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-6414
Fax: 902-368-4121

DeptHW@gov.pe.ca