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Message from Bill Kroll, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Management Sector

Update # 21: June 22 – Updates on Easing Restrictions in Workplaces

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to follow up on recent messages from the Deputies (on May 21) and from me (on May 26 and June 4), which laid out our phased, gradual approach to easing restrictions in the workplaces.

Today, the Office of the Chief of Human Resources posted the Treasury Board of Canada’s Guidebook for departments on easing of restrictions.This resource provides advice and principles to help departments navigate the coming weeks and months. You will find that these guidelines and principles are consistent with the approach we are taking here at Justice Canada. As you know, we continue to develop and adjust our approach as needed and in close cooperation with bargaining agents, the COVID-19 Tiger Team and the Strategic Emergency Management Committee.

While these guidelines focus on returning to worksites, we know that remote working will remain in place for most employees for the foreseeable future. We have heard in some of our management sessions that employees and managers are looking for more information related specifically to working from home, such as their equipment and training needs. If you have not already done so, please check out the many resources on the COVID-19 website for employees. Information is added to this site as soon as it becomes available.

For those employees who do have to enter Justice buildings—whether to perform critical jobs or to retrieve essential personal items—please take careful note of the following items.

Accessing Justice worksites: You must request access to a building using the Office Entry App. This app is easy to use and is helping us ensure safe, organized access to Justice worksites. There is now a web browser version available, too.

Building safety protocols: You will notice changes throughout Justice buildings, with highly visible signage and physical distancing measures in place in all areas, including entrances, elevators and stairwells and meeting rooms. In the coming days, we will be posting an illustrated guide to help you familiarize yourself with all of the preventative measures now in place throughout Justice worksites.

Personal preventive measures: In accordance with public health guidance, Justice Canada has developed directives on adopting personal preventive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while in Justice-occupied workplaces. These protocols include ensuring proper hygiene, cleaning, movement and usage of any supplies issued, and the wearing of non-medical face coverings and masks. Non-medical masks or face coverings will be provided to all employees who are required to access the workplace—more details will follow. Please speak to your manager if you have any questions or concerns about these measures—we will ensure they have the guidance and information they need to support any employees who are entering the buildings. For more information on wearing face coverings, please also refer to Health Canada’s infographic and video on masks.

As with all COVID-19-related measures, these safety protocols and guidelines will evolve and shift as the pandemic progresses. We will keep you updated with the latest information we have and we thank you for your ongoing cooperation and great work.

Take care.

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