Our response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We continue to closely monitor and adapt to the developments related to the outbreak of COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, our priority has been to protect the health and well-being of our workers, including employees and contractors, their families, and their communities. Early in 2020, we activated our Corporate Crisis Management Plan, which includes our Pandemic Plan, and our various Local and Corporate Business Continuity Plans.

Following the precautions and restrictions enacted by all levels of government where we operate, and, considering the unique circumstances at each of our operating sites, we proactively implemented a number of measures and made a number of decisions to ensure a safe working environment for all our workers.

Safety protocols and measures put in place in 2020 included:

  • asking employees at corporate office to work remotely from home
  • asking that all meetings be conducted by phone or videoconference where possible
  • suspending all business travel
  • restricting non-essential contractors, visitors and deliveries at all locations
  • suspending work on the Vision in Motion (VIM) project in Port Hope
  • suspending production at Cigar Lake in March 2020, in conjunction with Orano for about five months
  • suspending production, in April 2020, at the Port Hope UF6 conversion facility and at the Blind River refinery for about four weeks
  • avoided any temporary layoffs as a result of disruptions to our business – employees were provided with paid leaves of absence and vacation time was utilized to deal with the various pandemic impacts
  • awarding COVID-19 Relief Funds totalling $1.25 million to support our northern Saskatchewan and Ontario communities impacted by the virus

Additionally, in 2021 we:

  • suspended production at Cigar Lake for a second time for about four months starting in December 2020
  • introduced a requirement that all employees, contractors and visitors be vaccinated across all our operations and offices
  • developed a hybrid work model for employees working from home that balances time in the office and remote working in accordance with business needs

The proactive decisions we have made, and continue to make, to protect our workers and to help slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus are necessary decisions that are consistent with our values. Even while production was suspended, we kept and continued to pay all our employees. The health and safety of our workers, their families and their communities continues to be the priority in all our plans, which will align with the guidance of the relevant health authorities where we operate.

For more information, see our quarterly MD&A.