Federal public service asked to consider return to remote work
CBC News | Posted: Friday, December 17th, 2021 12:50 AM | Last Updated: December 17th
Health Canada issued new occupational safety guidelines Thursday
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Caption: A worker enters a federal government building in Ottawa earlier this fall. New guidance from Health Canada asks public service departments to reconsider their plans to have employees return to their offices. (Patrick Doyle/Reuters)
New guidelines from Health Canada on workplace COVID-19 safety has halted plans to have more federal public service employees return to the office.
Departments and agencies are being asked to "pause any planned increases to building occupancy, review current occupancy levels and consider increasing remote work," according to a statement Thursday from Ottawa-Vanier MP Mona Fortier, president of the Treasury Board.
The statement also recommended "all employees in the core public administration" receive a booster dose, wear masks indoors in all shared spaces and avoid non-essential international travel.
"It is my expectation that organizations continue to align their plans with the current public health context, taking into consideration their respective operational needs," Fortier wrote.