Return to the workplace for Public Services and Procurement Canada employees in the National Capital Region

August 2, 2021

While we continue to promote and support remote work for most employees, as restrictions are easing, we are preparing for an eventual and gradual re-opening of workspaces. For now, however, the directive remains to continue prioritizing remote work for employees, whenever possible.

Since the start of the pandemic, only employees who needed to be on site (because of the nature of their work or the need to use specific equipment) were authorized to work in the workplace. To ensure the health and safety of employees in the workplace, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has put in place cleaning and hygiene protocols, such as physical distancing and mask-wearing. In addition, all PSPC employees must complete mandatory training on processes and guidelines related to health and safety in the workplace. Employees will also need to complete a COVID-19 self-evaluation before arriving at the workplace.

As part of its “pathfinder project”, PSPC is currently working on providing designated workplaces for employees in the National Capital Region (NCR). Participation is voluntary and flexible. Employees who want to participate must register and reserve their work station in advance. The workspaces were designed according to activity-based workplace guidelines, including non-assigned spaces and collaborative spaces. Employees will be able to choose to work at one of these locations or work from home, depending on what is more convenient for them.

The pathfinder project is open to all PSPC employees in the NCR. GCcoworking sites in downtown Ottawa, Ottawa West, Ottawa East, Gatineau, and Place du Portage III will be part of the initial phase of the pathfinder project. The project will be active until PSPC is ready to transition to its next phase of gradual reintegration into the workplace. The data from the pathfinder project in the NCR will be used to shape the future of PSPC’s workplace.

To date, more than 200 employees in the NCR have registered to use workplaces, starting on August 3, while respecting physical distancing, cleaning and hygiene protocols put in place.

In the regions, some PSPC employees have already started a gradual and flexible return to the workplace, on a voluntary basis. Regional offices continue to follow public health measures in place. Approximately 225 employees have started to return to the workplace in the Pacific, Ontario and Quebec regions.

PSPC does not have a target date for the return to the workplace for all employees. We are currently exploring various possibilities, and our priority is to ensure our employees’ health and safety as well as their well-being.

With regards to vaccination guidelines for federal public servants, please refer to the President of the Treasury Board’s statement urging all eligible federal public servants to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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