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Correspondence August 2016

Please carefully read the following information concerning standing offers for language training

1. Fall 2016 sessions

September is typically a popular time to re-register for training. Please be sure to register 10 business days before the group training session starts and 5 business days before the individual training session starts. We strongly advise you to submit call-ups as early as possible to give suppliers enough time to find qualified instructors.

National Capital Region

Deadlines for registering for September/October/November 2016 sessions

  1. Work stream 1—Full-time group training in French
    Short program: Session 20: August 22, 2016
    Long program: Session 16: October 7, 2016

    Pre-Second Language Evaluation: November 4, 2016

  2. Work stream 2—Full-time group training in English: Session 13: August 31, 2016
  3. Work streams 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 5 and 6—Part-time group training: September 9, 2016

2. Withdrawal of the Canada School of Public Service from all standing offers expiring in September 2016

The Canada School of Public Service will no longer act as technical authority on the standing offers expiring in September 2016, which include National Capital Region work streams 3C (part-time group training in French on the offeror’s premises—Ottawa East), 3D (part-time group training in French on the offeror’s premises—Ottawa West) and 5 (part-time group training in English on the offeror’s premises) and all regional SOs (regardless of work stream). The other work streams, which expire in March and April 2017 for the NCR, are not affected at this time.

Changes to the standing offers will be prepared by the standing offer authorities in each region. They will be available for consultation on the Standing Offer Index website, as well as on the Language Training Services website. The option year for the period from September 2016 to September 2017 will be exercised as planned.

The main changes can be summarized as follows:

  • The learning plan (for full-time training only) will no longer be mandatory. However, the learner will be required to undergo a language assessment.
  • The familiarization sessions for teaching resources will no longer be mandatory.
  • To file a complaint, you will have to contact the standing offer authority in your region, who will collaborate with the person responsible for the learner’s training at the relevant department.

The supplier will have to be sure to provide teaching resources who meet, in all respects, the education and experience requirements set out in section 10.0 of Annex A—Statement of Work.

These new procedures could cause some inconvenience to federal institutions. Rest assured Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has determined that this is the quickest, easiest way to ensure service continuity.

We would also like to remind you that the PWGSC website has details on all the procedures you need to follow to register your employees in language training. The updates will be implemented by September 2016.

If you have any questions about the withdrawal of the Canada School of Public Service, please contact Carole Boire at 819-934-2617.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact the PWGSC standing offer authority in your region.

3. Renewal of standing offers

An initial meeting with the Interdepartmental Committee on Language Training Services was held on June 21. The meetings will resume this fall. We plan to implement the new standing offers by the end of 2017. If any standing offers expire before the new standing offers are in place, an extension may be warranted.