Press release

17 Mar. 2020 Toronto, CA

How EY is protecting its people, clients and communities during COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 on the personal and professional lives of all Canadians continues to evolve daily.

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The impact of COVID-19 on the personal and professional lives of all Canadians continues to evolve daily. At EY, we’re actively monitoring the growing complexity of the situation and executing on our pandemic preparedness and business continuity plans to protect our people and our clients as we always have.

EY has had precautionary measures in place since January 2020, including adopting hygiene best practices, social distancing recommendations, and cancelling EY events or external event attendance. As the situation has evolved more recently, we’ve accelerated efforts to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 transmission. These enhanced protocols are aligned with advisories from federal and provincial governments, local health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Although the situation remains fluid, we’re deeply committed to serving our clients and are working together closely to deliver the high quality of service our clients are accustomed to receiving from us.

Here is what we’re currently doing to help contain the virus:

  • Suspending all non-critical domestic and international business travel and following self-quarantine guidelines if an employee or a household family member are unwell, have come into close contact with someone who has contracted the virus, have travelled recently to an at-risk area or per government advisories.
  • The vast majority of our people are already working from home, and as of close of business on Wednesday, March 18, we are transitioning to mandatory work from home for those in our offices or at client sites. Given the nature of our business, we are a highly mobile workforce and have flexible work policies that enable us to work hand in hand with our clients no matter where we are. The security of the data we handle is also of paramount importance, and we are continuously testing and monitoring our security and technology systems.

There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our people, clients and communities. We are committed to delivering on our mandates and helping our clients keep their businesses moving forward in this environment.

We encourage our clients, business partners and suppliers to join us in following the advice of local governments to ensure we all do our part to help flatten the virus curve.

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