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Future of WorkCEO appearance on the Main Estimates 2022-2023 before the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs

Key Message

  • Elections Canada (EC) has established a Future of Work project to address the people, space and digital components required to formalize a hybrid work model.

Facts

  • In the summer of 2020, at the outset of COVID-19, it was announced to staff that EC would embark on a Future of Work project that would encompass people, space and technology and look at where, when and how we work. A Future of Work champion and project team were identified.
  • EC is introducing and formalizing a hybrid work model; this is a flexible model that supports employee work-life balance and wellness, helps reduce EC's environmental footprint and enables recruitment and retention of a diverse and talented workforce.
  • Employees whose positions are deemed suitable for telework based on the operational requirements of their functions will be able to request full-time or part-time telework agreements.
  • The approach follows central agency (Treasury Board) guidance and aligns with the core principles of consistency, flexibility, transparency, equity and service excellence.
  • Employees are being provided the necessary training, tools (physical and digital) and guidance to perform their work effectively and safely in a hybrid work model.
  • Preliminary cost estimates for the project are in the magnitude of $850K over two years.
  • Cost savings will be realized through the eventual reconfiguration and reduction of workspaces. It is also hoped that this will lead to increased retention of employees.
  • EC is engaging and collaborating with other government departments to leverage and share work being done.
  • EC is following an iterative and agile approach to implementing hybrid work and will continually monitor, evaluate and adjust the approach to ensure objectives continue to be met.