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July 2021

New pay system pilot to be expanded to other departments

By Pay, Pension and Benefits

Yesterday it was announced that the new pay system pilot will be expanded to the department of Fisheries and Oceans, as well as the Canadian Coast Guard.

The new system dubbed the “Next Generation HR and Pay initiative” or #NextGenHRPay will also be expanded to include Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions to, “ensure an effective user experience in French and confirm a product that works effectively in both official languages.”

Shared Services Canada said that this will also allow for the testing team to confirm that smaller organizations and regions outside the National Capital Region will, “be served equally by the proposed new software.”

The department of Canadian Heritage was the first department selected for the “exploratory” phase of the new system, which Shared Services announced back in October.

In yesterday’s announcement, Shared Services said that it deemed the exploratory phase “successful” which ran from October 2020 to April 2021 and that expanding the pilot will help it, “better understand the complexities of the HR and Pay systems.”

The announcement also reaffirmed that public servants and unions will continue to be involved throughout the process. It said that 890 participants from 20 federal organizations took part in engagement forums including 38 workshops and 90 working sessions during the exploratory phase.

Shared Services did not provide timelines about the expanded pilot but reassured that, “testing will occur in a controlled environment that is separate from the current pay system” and that, “employees will continue to be paid through the current pay system while testing takes place.”

Only one union was referenced in yesterday’s news release from Shared Services Canada with the others being absent.

Debi Daviau, President of PIPSC (the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada) said, “PIPSC is pleased that the Next Generation HR and Pay initiative is continuing to move forward with the expansion of testing. Our members have been engaged throughout this process and will continue to contribute to the development of a new HR and Pay system.”


Other links:

News release: Government of Canada to expand the pilot of the Next Generation Human Resources and Pay initiative

News release: Government selects Department of Canadian Heritage for the first exploratory phase of the Next Generation Human Resources and Pay project

Website: Next generation human resources and pay system for the public service

Changes to the Public Service Employment Act (June 2021)

By Anti-racism

Before rising for summer break, Parliament made changes to the Public Service Employment Act in June in order to, “address systemic barriers for equity-seeking groups in public service staffing.”

Treasury Board said this was a result of, “too many Canadians continuing to face bias, barriers, and discrimination based on their race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or other factors.”

These changes were outlined in April’s federal budget but because the Public Service Employment Act is a law, legislative changes have to go through the Parliamentary process first, being passed by both the House of Commons and the Senate.

The list of changes are:

+ The Public Service Commission now has explicit authority to audit for bias and barriers that disadvantage members of equity-seeking groups.

+ The Commission and deputy heads will have explicit authority to investigate bias and barriers for members of equity-seeking groups.

+ All new or revised qualification standards must be evaluated for bias and barriers for members of equity-seeking groups.

+ The design and application of assessment methods must include an evaluation of bias and barriers, and reasonable efforts for mitigation.

+ Permanent residents now have the same preference as Canadian Citizens when appointments are made through external advertised hiring processes.

A permanent resident is someone who has been given permanent resident status by immigrating to Canada, but is not a Canadian citizen. Permanent residents are citizens of other countries. Refugees who are resettled from overseas become permanent residents through government programs. A person in Canada temporarily, like a student or foreign worker, is not a permanent resident.

Treasury Board said these latest changes are meant to, “help departments take measures in their staffing actions to reduce barriers and encourage more inclusive recruitment practices. They are just one part of a set of initiatives and activities to increase diversity and inclusion in the public service so that it is reflective of the Canadian population it serves and a place where all public servants feel a true sense of belonging.”

An action plan to to increase representation and leadership development in the public service was first announced in the 2020 Speech from the Throne with $12 million being committed over three years towards these goals.

Then earlier this year, Clerk Ian Shugart sent a message to Deputy Ministers on a “call to action on anti-racism, equity, and inclusion in the federal public service.”

Most recently, Interim Clerk Janice Charette sent a message last month to departments, notifying them that they have until the end of August to submit departmental reports to the Clerk outlining the concrete actions they’ve taken to implement meaningful change around anti-racism and also equity and inclusion in the public service.

Other links:

News release: Taking Action to Address Potential Barriers in Staffing: Public Service Employment Act amendments receive Royal Assent

Call to action on anti-racism, equity, and inclusion in the Federal Public Service

Budget 2021

2020 Speech From the Throne

Public Service Employment Act

Understanding more about permanent resident status

Changes announced to the senior ranks of the public service (July 9, 2021)

By Shuffles

On July 9, 2021, the Prime Minister announced the following changes in the senior ranks of the public service:

Catherine Luelo becomes Chief Information Officer of Canada, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, effective July 26, 2021. Ms. Luelo previously served as Chief Information Officer at Air Canada and at Enbridge Inc.

Bob Hamilton, currently Commissioner of Revenue, is reappointed in this role, effective August 1, 2021.

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