Code of Conduct


Last Updated: April 21, 2021

CanCOVID uses an online Slack-based collaboration platform intended to connect and coordinate the COVID‑19 community across Canada to share ideas, data, and resources, and to support institutions in the pandemic and post-pandemic response. As this is related to a public health crisis, our platform members are expected to participate in the spirit of contributing to the benefit and well-being of our communities.

Participating in this platform implies consent to abide by this Code of Conduct in all aspects of engaging with the platform. We may make changes to this Code of Conduct at the sole and absolute discretion of CanCOVID. We will notify you of changes by updating the “Last Updated” date of this page and changes will be effective immediately upon posting of the updated Code of Conduct. We encourage you to periodically review this Code of Conduct to stay informed of updates.

Activity within the platform shall not be anonymous, all participants shall be identified clearly by their professional name. The security of any sensitive data between participants must be respected, and only shared through approved secure protocols under the authority of a valid Data Sharing Agreement or equivalent agreement. Standard research ethics and scientific integrity policies apply, including giving proper credit where it is due. Respecting limits (such as on confidentiality and further distribution) defined by researchers supplying information is expected.

CanCOVID Slack members will recognize that a diverse and inclusive environment has the greatest potential to generate the best results. Diversity and inclusivity will be actively encouraged at all levels within the platform structure from individual channel membership to the leadership of the platform.

As the platform will have participants from diverse backgrounds, the environment should be one of mutual human respect. Harassment, therefore, is specifically prohibited. Harassment is understood as any behaviour that is known, or ought reasonably to be known, to threaten or offend another person or group of people. It includes verbal comments, and other forms of conduct, directed against a person or group because of their gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical disability, or ethnicity. For example, this policy prohibits, among other things, deliberate intimidation or disruption of open communication.

Community members will recognize that incoherent, unorganized, non-evidence-based or alarmist messages to the public or the media can be damaging. Under no circumstances will research results be broadcast before being confirmed, vetted, and shared appropriately.

Marketing or business promotion efforts, including efforts to raise capital, are inconsistent with the spirit of CanCOVID and are forbidden. Sharing or using member information including names and email addresses outside of the platform is forbidden without explicit permission from the respective individuals.

CanCOVID reserves the right to remove any comments or posts that it deems inappropriate. Inappropriate comments include but is not limited to:

Members asked to stop any inappropriate behaviour are expected to comply immediately. The moderators and platform admins have the right to remove members who do not demonstrate respectful and ethical interactions with their colleagues on the platform.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, witness violations of the code of conduct or have any other concerns, please bring this to the attention of the members of the CanCOVID Team via a direct message, to our moderators, or via email at

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