‘The Government of Canada will be as flexible as possible and will not only allow, but encourage teleworking whenever and wherever possible’
The federal government has ordered department leaders and managers to consider telework for all employees at all work sites while ensuring continued critical government operations and services to Canadians.
“The Government of Canada is doing everything it can to protect the health and safety of all Canadians as the country responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that includes its own workforce,” said the government.
According to the guidelines provided by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS), the Government will continue to support federal employees who are now working around the clock to deliver programs and services.
The advice and guidance on human resources and occupational health and safety – sent to all departments and agencies by the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer –is based on science-based health advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada and occupational health advice from Health Canada.
“The Government of Canada will be as flexible as possible and will not only allow, but encourage teleworking whenever and wherever possible,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, president of the treasury board. “We are constantly re-assessing the situation and striving to balance both our duty to Canadians and the health and safety of all public servants."