TORONTO, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Canada's top health official
Theresa Tam has warned that COVID-19 cases in the country could
jump in coming days, due to community spread of the Omicron
Concerns over the highly transmissible variant have spooked
investors around the world and prompted companies to delay
Here are updated plans of Canadian banks and insurers to
bring staff back to office:
Royal Bank of Canada: Canada's biggest bank by
market value has told staff to work from home in regions where
provincial governments have advised employers to maintain remote
work where jobs allow.
The bank had not announced a firm return-to-office date and
had encouraged employees to work from home until the new year.
Bank of Nova Scotia: Scotiabank has paused plans to
begin a phased return for its Toronto head-office employees from
Jan. 17. When the return happens, it will be staggered for
different groups and most head-office staff will follow a hybrid
Sun Life Financial Inc: Canada's second-biggest
life insurer has paused its office re-opening pilot for more
employees until the end of January.
The company has launched a flexible return-to-office
approach for a majority of its 12,000 staffers in Canada, that
will allow them to choose where to work from.
National Bank of Canada: Canada's sixth-biggest
lender has asked employees to work remotely if possible.
Toronto-Dominion Bank: The bank asked employees who
are able to do so to work from home until further notice.
Bank of Montreal: Canada's fourth-largest bank has
asked its investment bankers to go back to working from home
until the week of Jan. 17, according to a Bloomberg News report
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce: Canada's
fifth-largest lender has asked its staff in the country to work
remotely and halted plans for a return to work location in
Manulife Financial: Canada's biggest life insurer
has paused its return-to-office date for employees in North
America, according to a memo seen by Reuters. Earlier, it had
planned Jan. 24 for return to office for U.S. workers.
The banks and insurers also have mandatory vaccination
that employees must follow to return to their premises.
(Reporting by Nichola Saminather, Niket Nishant, Manya Saini
and Sohini Podder; Editing by Marguerita Choy, Barbara Lewis,
Ramakrishnan M., Anil D'Silva and David Gregorio)