Treasury Board boss OKs return to office for federal civil service


Treasury Board president Mona Fortier gave the green light Monday for federal departments and agencies to begin bringing public servants back to the office.

“Departments and agencies may now resume their planning to gradually increase building occupancy, while continuing to respect the appropriate use of workplace preventive practices,” said Fortier in a statement. 

”It is my expectation that organizations will continue to be agile and demonstrate flexibility as necessary, in their planning to align to the evolving public health context.”

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To assist with the transition, Health Canada’s Public Service Occupational Health Program was updated to provide additional information on the use of masks in indoor and outdoor shared spaces and guidance related to employees returning to the workplace after a COVID-19 infection or exposure.

Fortier said the Treasury Board Secretariat will continue to support deputies in their transition to hybrid work models.

“Officials are providing guidance and best practices to promote a coherent approach while respecting the different operational realities of federal organizations. There is no one-size-fits-all approach,” said Fortier, who is also MP for Ottawa-Vanier. 

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