While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that people go about their lives, the NIFSC project team has made use of a virtual environment. During these challenging times of COVID-19 restrictions, the NIFSC Project Team is working to move the project forward on schedule. Restrictions such as physical distancing requirements, interprovincial travel restrictions, and limits on the size of groups that may gather have forced the project team to adapt its approach. As it is not possible to visit communities or participate in conferences or in-person meetings at this time, the program focus is on deliverables that can be managed virtually.
Key to being able to work effectively while taking the necessary health and safety precautions is establishing a virtual environment for team collaborative work. Various tools and applications will be employed to allow work to proceed in a timely manner. Person-to-person and group discussions are being undertaken by phone and through video conferencing. To communicate in non-real time, the team will use email and collaborations. Project management software will be used to plan the project and monitor progress. These virtual tools will also be used to continue engagement with partners to honour the commitments to provide timely information on project development and delivery that were made during the 2019 engagement sessions.