Our response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We continue to closely monitor the developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The situation continues to evolve, and our priority is to protect the health and well-being of our employees, their families and their communities. We activated our Corporate Crisis Management Plan, which includes our Pandemic Plan, and our various Local and Corporate Business Continuity Plans. Our Pandemic Plan and Local and Corporate Business Continuity Plans continue to be in effect across our global operations.
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 and help slow down the spread of the virus. In addition to the safety protocols we put in place, we:
- asked employees at corporate office to work remotely from home
- asked that all meetings be conducted by phone or videoconference where possible
- suspended all business travel
- restricted non-essential contractors, visitors and deliveries at all locations
- suspended work on the Vision in Motion (VIM) project in Port Hope
- suspended production at Cigar Lake in March 2020, in conjunction with Orano for about five months and for a second time in December 2020 for about four months
- suspended production, in April 2020, at the Port Hope UF6 conversion facility and at the Blind River refinery for about four weeks
- did not implement 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
- set up and awarded COVID-19 Relief Funds totaling $1.25 million to support our northern Saskatchewan and Ontario communities impacted by the virus
The proactive decisions we have made to protect our employees and to help slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus are necessary decisions that are consistent with our values. The health and safety of our employees, their families and their communities continue to be the priority in all our plans, which will align with the guidance of the relevant health authorities where we operate.
In April 2021 production at the Cigar Lake mine resumed.
While vaccinations progress and provincial restrictions are starting to be lifted, we continue to take a measured approach. We will continue to assess our gradual return to the workplace plan for those employees at our corporate and division head offices who are currently working from home.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global uranium production adding to the supply curtailments that have occurred in the industry for many years. The duration and extent of these disruptions and risk of additional disruptions are still not fully known.
For more information, see our quarterly MD&A.