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.”