COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY

We hold your health and safety above all.

Here’s what you can expect when attending PRIDoC 2022.

  • Our preference is for everyone to be vaccinated (and up-to-date on their vaccinations), as asked during your online registration for PRIDoC 2022; however, please note that we will not be actively verifying delegates’ vaccination status, ie. scanning QR codes.
  • Masks are required when being transported between venues via bus and at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged when indoors (except when eating). Speakers can decide for themselves if they want to wear a mask while presenting.
  • We will have a limited supply of disposable masks available at various locations during the conference.
  • COVID-19 testing kits (Rapid Antigen Tests) and testing guidelines will be provided to each delegate at registration (one box of five tests per person). Asymptomatic screening continues to not be recommended by BCCDC. As such, please consider testing only if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout our venues.
  • Ventilation will be provided using windows when possible.
  • Our main venue, the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, has meeting space capacities and configurations that follow social distancing guidelines, and their third-party partners comply with Marriott International cleanliness standards.
  • The IPAC team will provide regular reminders about wearing masks, social distancing, and the importance of keeping each other safe.

In reciprocity, we ask that you do the same.

Here’s what we ask of you when attending PRIDoC 2022.

  • Bring your own masks, reusable water bottles, and personal hand sanitizer to last you throughout your stay.
  • Take a moment before removing your mask and ask yourselves if it is necessary. As an example, if someone did not hear you, you can repeat your statement again and more loudly instead of lowering your mask.
  • Handshaking and close contact are discouraged.
  • Do not participate if you are feeling unwell.

What happens if I feel unwell?

Here’s what will be asked of you.

  • Stay in your hotel room; Do not attend the conference.
  • Take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) if you have symptoms.

We do not have the capacity to livestream the conference; Delegates who may have to self-isolate in their accommodations will not be able to further participate in the conference.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

Here’s what will be asked of you.

  • To report your positive case to Melanie Osmack, Director of IPAC, who will give you further instructions.

Email: Melanie.Osmack@ipac-amac.ca

Cell: +1(604)719-7981

  • To read more about self-isolation requirements in BC, please visit BCCDC.
  • For more information about travel restrictions upon having (or suspecting you have) COVID-19, please visit Transport Canada.
  • PRIDoC 2022 (nor IPAC) will not be covering costs for anyone who tests positive and must stay longer than thought.

Important travel reminders.

To board a flight in Canada:

  • You must have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You must wear a mask throughout your journey.
  • You cannot board a flight if you’ve received a positive COVID-19 test result in the last 10 days.

Traveling to another country:

  • Before you travel, you should check the rules of your destination country and the countries you transit through.
  • A COVID-19 test result is not needed to board a flight in Canada unless you’re flying to a country that requires it.

Please visit Transport Canada for more information.


Upon receiving a Rapid Antigen Test kit at registration, we ask that you familiarize yourself with the following:

PRIDoC COVID-19 Quick Guide

FNHA COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Info

FNHA COVID-19 Know Your Risks, Know Your Options