Return to workplaces

After nearly 3 years of working from home due to the pandemic, the Treasury Board and some public sector employers are implementing plans to return to the workplace.

Know your rights about returning to the office.

The Treasury Board has announced their plan to roll out a one-size-fits-all approach to return federal public servants to their offices for 2-3 days per week starting in January 2023. This news comes despite previous commitments to continue consulting with unions and implement tailored plans for each department. 

While some of us, like the nurses we represent, never stopped heading into their workplaces, tens of thousands of others have been working safely and productively from home for almost 3 years.

To this end, we have filed:

  • 6 freeze complaints against the Treasury Board and 1 against the CRA. 
  • 1 bad faith bargaining complaint against the CRA on behalf of our Audit Financial and Scientific Group members.
  • 7 policy grievances on the grounds that the RTO Directive was an unreasonable exercise of management rights, will have an adverse impact on many disadvantaged groups, and was made without giving employees reasonable notice. 
  • A major media push to put pressure on the government and rally public support through extensive media coverage. We have been pleased to see our messaging amplified by CBC, CTV, and the Ottawa Citizen. 

We know this hasty order has created a logistical nightmare of the government’s own making. We’ve heard hundreds of stories of offices that feel more like construction sites, employees forced to work from cafeterias, or teams taking video calls from different floors of the same building.

Regardless of how you feel about your return, the employer has an obligation to ensure you have everything you need to do your job and to do it safely. 

Know your rights about returning to the office.

Help us advocate for good labour practices. If you’re having challenges with returning to the office or if your accommodation request has been denied, let us know.

We won't stop fighting against the federal government's "one-size-fits-all" rule.  They promised a hybrid-by-design plan – and we are going to push them to deliver on this promise. 

Please see our frequently asked questions for more information. 

31 January 2024
Our work over the years proves that our federal budget advocacy has an impact. Read more about what PIPSC is calling for in Budget 2024.
15 June 2023
PIPSC’s survey says a significant number of public service professionals are considering leaving their roles
12 June 2023
Seventy percent of survey respondents reported being dissatisfied with how RTO policies were implemented – citing issues like the commuting time and cost, work-life balance, and environmental impacts as top concerns.
9 June 2023
On Monday June 12, to mark the National Public Service Week (NPSW), PIPSC will host a press conference at its national office.  
20 February 2023
More than 1,100 public servants represented by PIPSC have reached out looking for our support as they navigate the challenges created by this “one-size fits all” order.
18 January 2023
Use this form to flag any health and safety or other concerns pertaining to your return to office so we can continue to advocate on your behalf and give you the support you need.
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.
15 December 2022
Today’s announcement is the total opposite of what the Treasury Board has been promising.
13 December 2022
PIPSC is reminding the Treasury Board to prioritize the health and safety of its workers.
15 August 2022
Despite the increase in COVID cases and other indicators, many federal departments and agencies are continuing with return to workplace plans, with the bulk of them coming into effect immediately after Labour Day.
15 August 2022
Answers to your frequently asked questions about returning to your workplace, requesting an accommodation, or filing a grievance.
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.