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Important health and safety measures

All IRB buildings are now open and hearings have resumed.

On September 14th, the IRB will resume in-person hearings with members and interpreters in the same hearing room as counsel and claimants.

This is based on experience, feedback provided by stakeholders and partners, and additional measures put in place.

The following measures have been updated to protect the health and safety of the public and IRB employees:

  • All visitors must complete a self-assessment questionnaire both before and upon arrival at our offices.
  • All visitors must follow all signage and floor markings.
  • Measures have been implemented so physical distancing requirements can be respected in all public spaces. Plexiglass barriers will be installed in all our hearing rooms. Audio devices in hearing rooms have been reconfigured to allow for better recording.
  • As of Monday, September 14th, non-medical masks must be worn at all times in hearing rooms, including when testifying or providing submissions. For exemptions the consult the IRB’s health and safety guidance.
  • IRB has increased sanitization of all public spaces including hearing rooms, which will be sanitized before and after each hearing.

See health and safety guidance for more detailed information.

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Status of buildings and operations

All IRB buildings are now open and hearings have resumed. Staff and visitors are required to follow the COVID-19 health and safety measures.

Browse our new COVID health and safety image gallery. Photos represent a standard set in place across all of our IRB offices.

For refugee claimants

For participants in detention review and admissibility hearings

For refugee appellants

For immigration appellants

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