COVID-19 UPDATES

Please note that our offices and facilities remain closed to the public until further notice.  Staff are working a combination of in-office and remotely. Email remains the quickest way to get in touch during business hours. For a list of staff contacts, click here. We will post updates on social media and on our website as they become available.

You can continue to view and purchase artwork by clicking here and we will contact you to make arrangements for curbside pick up or delivery.

We will continue to monitor the situation and Toronto Public Health (TPH) recommendations and will keep community members updated regarding any developments; our aim is to keep our community members healthy and we thank you all for your part in helping to do so!

Best wishes,

Kelly Straughan
Executive Artistic Director
Workman Arts

Updated September 13, 2021

Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, physical access to Workman Arts for members is offered on a limited basis, and must be pre-booked. If you want to come in to use a computer or access a space to work on your artwork, please read the information below to find out how to do so.

Classes in the fall are currently scheduled to be offered in a hybrid manner, with a combination of limited in-person classes mixed with remote delivery. We will update members on developments for the fall as soon as we can. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact info@workmanarts.com or by phone at 416-583-4339.

  • Members sign up at least 24 hours in advance via Google calendar.
  • Calendar goes live on Wednesday for the following week.
  • All members must enter through CAMH screening station on Workman Way (see map below).*
  • Members must use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.
  • Members must maintain physical distance while in the building.
  • Members must wear a mask in all shared spaces. Masks will be available at the entrance. WA also has masks, gloves and hand sanitizer on site.
  • Workman Arts is a fragrance-free facility; please do not use any products containing fragrances prior to coming to WA. Please click here for more information on these policies.
  • CAMH is a non-smoking facility; please smoke only in designated areas (Paul E. Garfinkel Park, southwest corner of Queen St W & White Squirrel Way – see map below).
  • One staff member on duty will work in the main WA reception area (Suite 2400, 2nd floor). When WA members enter the office they will read the site protocols and sign in to confirm presence. Staff will keep track of who is in the building.
  • Members must sanitize work station/studio space before and after they are done.
  • Members cannot borrow devices that are in close contact with the face (cameras, headphones, iPhone).
  • No overnight borrowing of books or other material.
  • No food or drink in Workman Arts spaces.
  • Members must bring their own drinking water; only disposable cups are allowed for sinks. (There are benches in the Auditorium lobby on the same floor where you can eat; a small shared fridge and sink are available in the classroom).
  • No donations of items or temporary storage of personal items allowed.
  • Members must inform Workman Arts if they become symptomatic after visiting the building so the appropriate staff/members can be notified and begin self-isolation.
  • Classroom – max 10 people
  • Media Lab – max 2 people
  • Recording Studio – max 1 person
  • Visual Arts Studio – max 2 people

Workman Arts is located in suite 2400 on the second floor of the McCain Complex Care & Recovery Building, located at 1025 Queen Street West, on the southeast corner of Queen and lower Ossington. Please enter the building using the entrance at 80 Workman Way for COVID-19 screening.

*The screeners at CAMH will ask you common COVID symptom questions like if you have or have had a fever, cough, nausea, vomiting, etc. They will ask if you have been in contact with anyone who has been asked to self isolate or a confirmed case. They will then ask you to sanitize your hands and change your mask with a new mask that will be provided. You will receive a wrist band that is good for the day so you will only need to do the screening once per day in case you leave to get coffee/fresh air, etc.

A map of the CAMH campus, where Workman Arts is located.

Workman Arts is located in suite 2400 on the second floor of the McCain Complex Care & Recovery Building, located at 1025 Queen Street West, on the southeast corner of Queen and lower Ossington. Please enter the building using the entrance at 80 Workman Way for COVID-19 screening. Click here to view a video walkthrough of the space at Workman Arts.

*The screeners at CAMH will ask you common COVID symptom questions like if you have or have had a fever, cough, nausea, vomiting, etc. They will ask if you have been in contact with anyone who has been asked to self isolate or a confirmed case. They will then ask you to sanitize your hands and change your mask with a new mask that will be provided. You will receive a wrist band that is good for the day so you will only need to do the screening once per day in case you leave to get coffee/fresh air, etc.

A map of the CAMH campus, where Workman Arts is located.

This policy, effective as of September 20, 2021 is for the general membership at Workman Arts. Instructors, Peer Supports and members employed and contracted by Workman Arts should reference the COVID-19 Policy for staff and volunteers.

Recently CAMH has updated its vaccine policy to align with the Government of Ontario’s directive to require CAMH staff, physicians, learners and volunteers to provide proof of double vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test done within 24 hours before arrival to be allowed entry into the hospital. Workman Arts is located within CAMH and therefore our vaccination policies will follow the government’s directive. CAMH and Workman Arts remain a mandatory mask space regardless of vaccine status

Members wishing to access Workman Arts’ space within CAMH must show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test to the screeners at the CAMH entrance. CAMH and Workman Arts remain a mandatory mask space regardless of vaccine status.

For vaccinated members:

You can access your vaccination records at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/. Please download and save records of your first and second dose. At the screening station, you can show either a printed copy or a digital copy on your device.  You must have received the second dose 14 days prior to accessing Workman Arts.

For unvaccinated members or members with one dose of the vaccine:

You can access information about booking an antigen test here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/antigen-testing-services-directory. You will show either a printed copy or a digital copy of the negative COVID test on your device at the screening station.

Many of these services charge for testing. Please note that we are working to secure free at-home rapid antigen tests for members and will let you know if/when we are able to secure free testing.

Members requesting a vaccine exemption should contact Membership and Hospital Programs Manager Raine Laurent-Eugene at raine_laurenteugene@workmanarts.com to discuss their request.

For a list of resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here.

Mental Health Support
If you are in distress, please contact Distress Centre by phone 24/7 at 408-HELP (4357) or 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645.

For more information about COVID-19:
For medical advice, contact Telehealth Ontario, a free, confidential service. A Registered Nurse will take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Telephone: 1-866-797-0000

Toronto Public Health Hotline
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (closed on statutory holidays)
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Translation is available in many languages.
Telephone: 416-338-7600
TTY: 416-392-0658
Email: PublicHealth@toronto.ca