Information for Postdocs

Although this year looks different than in previous years, our commitment to you remains the same – to empower you to explore, to innovate, and to challenge existing ideas and create new ones.

The health and safety of our campus community is always our top priority. Our team is committed to student health, wellbeing, and success and ensuring that all students, postdocs, and staff are supported during this pandemic.

As we continue to navigate the situation regarding COVID-19, we recognize that you may have questions and concerns. The information below was created to help address your questions. If you have additional questions or concerns please contact us at


planning a safe return

UBC Okanagan is currently planning an increase in on-campus activities for Fall 2021. Operations are changing quickly as we respond to public health orders. Detailed information about returning to campus can be found at

start date

Please direct any questions about your Postdoctoral Fellowship appointment and/or start date to your supervisor or department administrator.

Reoccupancy & resumption of research

Re-occupancy and resumption plans are being handled by each faculty. Please contact your supervisor or department administrator for information about plans for your specific unit.

General information about re-occupancy & resumption plans can be found on the UBC COVID-19 website.

Information specific to UBC Okanagan can be found on the UBCO Finance and Operations website.

The Office of Research Ethics and the BREB continue to monitor the response to COVID-19 and to adjust our practices, recommendations and supporting materials to remain in step with provincial and other guidelines. On November 19, 2020 – in response to an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in BC – the Provincial Health Officer issued an order for province-wide restrictions on social interactions and travel.

As such, there have been updates made to the UBC Behavioural Guidance website based on the new provincial guidelines. Please see the following website for full details

The current Public Health Officer Order is in effect from November 19 to December 7, 2020. The page will continue to be updated to align with provincial orders. Please ensure you visit regularly.

If you have questions, please contact Lisa Shearer

Arriving in Canada

Effective January 7, 2021, air passengers 5 years of age or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. Learn more.

Immigration & relocation

Please contact the Housing and Relocation Services Office with any questions or concerns relating to your immigration status during the COVID-19 outbreak.


Travellers to Canada exempt from travel restrictions must travel with a non-medical mask or face covering if arriving by air and must isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Canada. Furthermore, the British Columbia (BC) government legally requires all travellers to submit a detailed self-isolation plan.

You are responsible for arranging your own self-isolation plan. UBC has accommodation options available for students, postdocs, and staff for the 14-day self-isolation period. See UBC Housing’s self-isolation accommodations options.

To better support postdocs and others with teaching remotely, UBC has created a Keep Teaching website that offers resources and support to help you develop your own strategies for meeting the needs of your courses online. The website also has guidance on how to prepare to offer lectures, group work and discussion, assignments and assessments online.

The Center for Teaching and Learning has additional resources.


British Columbia Centre for Disease Control

World Health Organization

Public Health Agency of Canada

Government of Canada Travel

medical services plan (msp) response to COVID-19

The Government of British Columbia has announced temporary changes to aspects of the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please refer to the Government of BC website for detailed information about MSP coverage.

employee family assistant program (efap)

We want to remind you of the resources available to currently-appointed UBC Postdoctoral Fellows through the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). This confidential and voluntary counselling support service, provided through Morneau Shepell, is available in multiple languages and formats, and counsellors can help with a range of issues including stress, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. The Morneau Shepell Care Access Centre is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-387-4765 or through

The University of British Columbia Okanagan – Postdoctoral Association (UBCO-PDA) has officially been established. The UBCO-PDA will focus on enhancing postdoctoral fellows’ experiences by generating support and resources, organizing events and workshops, and building a community for postdoctoral fellows at the UBCO.

Meet the Executive Team

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