Since March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Canada recommended that individuals who fall into a high-risk category based on age or an underlying medical condition stay at home due to serious complications that may arise should they contract COVID-19.

The government put out a list of categories of individuals they consider high risk. To qualify for high-risk leave, Canada Post Corporation (CPC) is following this list:

  • People with medical conditions including:
    • Heart disease
    • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
    • Lung disease
    • Diabetes
    • Cancer
  • People with weakened immune systems from a medical condition or treatment, such as chemotherapy
  • Older Adults

Source : https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/people-high-risk-for-severe-illness-covid-19.html

The above is not an exhaustive list. Your physician can make the determination based on your medical history that you would be high risk and this must be taken into consideration when Canada Life is reviewing whether you meet the criteria of high risk. In cases of pregnancy your physician may consider specific factors in meeting the criteria.

At the beginning of the pandemic, CPC did not require medical documentation.

Here is the latest form for high risk leave, which is required by CPC and Canada Life:

https://cupw-windsor.org/wp-content/uploads/Final-M7491e.pdf

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