New Common Hybrid Work Model

Friday, December 16, 2022

On December 15th 2022, the National Joint Council of bargaining agents met virtually with Treasury Board officials and were informed that the Employer will be introducing a new common hybrid work model for federal public servants.  Deputy Heads of departments will be receiving the following directives:

  • The public service will adopt a common hybrid work model that will require public servants to work a mandatory minimum of 2-3 days per week (40-60% of their work time) in the employer office/workplace.  This will be the default.
  • The new model applies to the Core Public Administration, and separate employers are strongly recommended to apply the same model.
  • There will be a phased introduction of the new model beginning on January 16, 2023, with full implementation by March 31, 2023.
  • Deputy Heads will make the determination what is best for their department.
  • Deputy heads may approve exceptions based on certain requirements that the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO) will share at a later time.
  • Exceptions will be determined on a case-by- case basis.
  • Departments will need to establish committees to ensure compliance with the new model. 

The AJC and other Bargaining Agents were not consulted on this new policy and were not provided an opportunity for meaningful input.  The AJC, together with other bargaining agents will continue to advocate for greater flexibility, which we consider to be in the best interests of our members. We will be consulting on what actions the AJC can take individually or in conjunction with other bargaining agents in an effort to get the employer to reverse or change this new policy. The  AJC remains available should you require support.  We will share any further information as it becomes available.