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

Update # 18: May 26 – Our Plan, In Detail

Dear Colleagues,

As the Deputy Ministers mentioned in their message to staff on Friday, planning is well underway for a gradual easing of restrictions at our worksites. I am pleased today to share some more specific details about our efforts.

Through tremendous collaboration and hard work, we have a detailed tactical plan—one that will continue to evolve to align with advice, evidence and best practices from relevant public health authorities, central agencies, bargaining agents, the legal community and private industry.

As mentioned by the Deputies, there are no specific dates attached to this plan given how quickly public health advice could change, along with the fact that Justice will be taking an iterative, phased approach. As you now know, plans for a gradual return to the workplace will be different among federal government departments, regions and cities, as well as within individual divisions and teams here at Justice. Much will depend on local public health advice and specific work requirements.

In all of these scenarios, if you are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or are not feeling well, please inform your manager, take the appropriate leave, and follow public health guidance on what steps to follow, including self-isolation. In order to stop further spread of the virus, we must continue to be diligent in this area. We must also continue to wash our hands, practice physical distancing and, for added protection, wear a non-medical mask when unable to maintain physical distancing.

In terms of the Justice plan, it will roll out in a number of phases, keeping in mind that if required by public health authorities, we may need to step back to a previous phase:

Pre-Implementation Planning (Current Phase)

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Partial Operations

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Interim Operations

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Post-COVID-19 Operations

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There are clearly some unknowns, and the plan will remain flexible. It will be adjusted as information and guidance from health authorities changes.

I am sharing an extensive level of detail about our plans because we should all understand the steps needed to make this transition work. If you have questions, I encourage you to speak to your manager or supervisor, who will receive even more detail as part of their training. An open dialogue is key during these times.

I appreciate your patience as we work through this process together. Thank you again for your ongoing support.

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