Strong words for the Standing Committee on Government Operations about the government's reliance on outsourcing good jobs

On October 24, 2022 President Jennifer Carr appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates (OGGO) to discuss the nefarious effects of outsourcing on our members, public services and Canadian taxpayers.

PIPSC is widely recognized as the leading subject matter expert on the issue of contracting out. We have prepared several reports on this critical matter that clearly illustrate how contracted-out work involving the security of the government's IT systems and the data that they house results in higher costs, lower quality services, less transparency, less accountability and the loss of institutional knowledge and skills. This work should undoubtedly be performed by public service professionals.

But Information Technology is not the only profession where the government spends vast sums on contracted services.

With retention and recruitment an ongoing issue in remote and isolated First Nation communities, the government has been using private sector employment agencies as a band-aid solution for years. Parachuting in nursing staff on a temporary basis leaves these Canadians without the consistency and quality of care they deserve. It also opens the door to outright privatization in what should be the public delivery of health care. There is no doubt that it would be far more cost effective to invest in a fully-funded, permanent public sector solution.

The fight against outsourcing is about fairness. It’s about giving Canadians reliable services. And it’s about no longer wasting time and resources on failed outsourced projects such as the disastrous Phoenix pay system.


16 January 2023
Any return to office policy must “consider the nature of each department’s work and the services they provide to Canadians.” Those are Treasury Board President Mona Fortier’s own words, and we urge her to heed them, said presidents of PIPSC and CAPE in an opinion letter published in The Ottawa Citizen.

4 January 2023
The New Year is here and I want to take this opportunity to sincerely wish you all the very best in 2023. Our challenges can definitely lead to positive outcomes for our members.

3 November 2022
On October 28, 2022 President Carr met for the first time with Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier to discuss a number of important issues that affect our members, public services and Canadian taxpayers.

2 November 2022
On October 24, 2022 President Jennifer Carr appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates (OGGO) to discuss the nefarious effects of outsourcing on our members, public services and Canadian taxpayers.

1 November 2022
PIPSC President Jennifer Carr urges all Canadians to stand in solidarity with their fellow workers at CUPE.

15 July 2022
President Jennifer Carr met with Treasury Board President Mona Fortier to discuss key member concerns, including the return to the workplace and the government’s strategic review of public services announced in its 2022 budget.

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