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GCcoworking: New flexible alternative workplaces for Government of Canada employees

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:17:00 AM

(Public Services and Procurement Canada) - The Government of Canada is committed to providing federal public servants with modern workplaces that are flexible, fully accessible, collaborative and sustainable to support their work on behalf of Canadians.

Steven MacKinnon, Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility, Carla Qualtrough, announced the launch of GCcoworking, a two-year pilot project for Government of Canada employees. With the launch of this pilot, federal employees from participating departments will have access to shared, alternative workspaces in the National Capital Region (NCR) as well as in regions across Canada.

The GCcoworking locations will serve as a temporary touchdown point for employees travelling between meetings or a temporary workspace for employees who telework and need access to boardrooms or other office amenities. Participating employees can also access the locations during inclement weather conditions or when there are significant traffic delays. This pilot is an opportunity for participating departments to contribute to building a flexible and collaborative public service.

GCcoworking will provide greater flexibility in where and how employees work so they can be as productive as possible in delivering programs and services to Canadians.

Over the past decade, the private sector has seen benefits from coworking such as flexibility, increased collaboration and sense of community amongst its users. The positive impact experienced by the private sector has inspired PSPC to pilot coworking with the Government of Canada.

GCcoworking is a two-year pilot project through which five coworking sites will be established in key locations of the National Capital Region (NCR) and five coworking sites in regions across the country. These sites will open throughout the year, for a period of two years.