Message from the Deputy Minister and Associate Deputy Minister
Navigating uncertainty and planning for our future workplace
To start, we have never been more proud and grateful for the efforts being made by all Justice employees during these challenging times.
Your ability to adapt and innovate is clearly helping us now. It will also be essential as we start the transition toward resuming regular operations, and long after this crisis has passed. As ADM Bill Kroll reminded us in yesterday’s update, there are still a number of unknowns about the transition back to the workplace. But we do have some important principles to guide us.
Earlier this week, the First Ministers released a statement about a shared public health approach that will support restarting Canada’s economy. The Prime Minister and Premiers outlined four principles that will guide the reopening of our country. These principles will also guide in our own re-entry to the Justice workplace.
Our decisions will continue to be based on science and evidence, using the best advice from public health officials. Coordination and collaboration will remain essential among all Justice employees across Canada, including those who work in other government departments. We will continue to be open and transparent with you, sharing timely information. Our gradual transition will also remain flexible and adaptable, even by region and by type of work performed, as the situation adjusts.
As the next steps to resume regular operations become clearer over the coming weeks, the most important thing to remember is this: no matter the scenario, no matter the region, public health and safety will be the deciding factors in how we gradually reopen our offices. Your safety and well-being is part of every conversation about this return to the workplace, and we are actively planning ahead so that we are ready when the time comes.
We recognize that some of you may have concerns about returning to the workplace, including those of you who are caring for an ill family member or a child still out of school. Some of you will feel ready to return to the office; others may feel anxious about commuting or being in larger groups. No matter your situation, we encourage you to speak to your manager if you have questions, and to take full advantage of the many online resources and tools available on the Justice employee COVID-19 site to support you. Your well-being is now—and will remain—our primary concern. We are in this together.
Thank you, and take care.
Nathalie G. Drouin, Ad. E. – A. François Daigle
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