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Update on COVID-19

As the COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving across Canada, and in each of our communities and workplaces, we want to reassure Justice employees that we take your workplace health and safety very seriously. We are writing to you today to outline some of the steps being taken to support sound decision-making, continued operations and the well-being of our employees.

As the Government’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Nancy Chahwan, indicated in her most recent email, it is important that, first and foremost, we continue to respect and follow advice from local public health authorities. We must also take workplace-specific guidance from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Health Canada, available on GCintranet.

Our Strategic Emergency Management Committee, with senior representation from all sectors and regions, is our primary decision-making forum on operations and responding to the information needs of our managers and staff. That group is now meeting regularly. Updates and decisions to managers and staff, coming out of those discussions, will come from our Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer, Bill Kroll.

Bill will be writing to you later today to provide more specific information, including details in response to the evolving situations in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, and the impacts for the department related to the latest PHAC direction. This will include issues such as working from home, school closures and travel.

To further help our employees and managers access the latest information, we are establishing a Web presence for Justice staff on the DM site. The site will include public health links, information from TBS and evergreen FAQs, in a location easy for all of us to access, including our DLSU staff. More information will follow.

It is important to remember that we have employees across the country and not all situations will be the same. We have full confidence in the judgment, flexibility and compassion of our managers to help staff, as we all adjust to ever-changing circumstances. It is a difficult and stressful period and we need to support and rely on each other, and the tools and resources at our disposal. Know that we care about your health, the health of your team and the health of your families.

Nathalie G. Drouin, Ad. E. and A. François Daigle

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