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.

For our members working for the federal government, 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.

Regardless of who your employer is, PIPSC is working to ensure all plans to return our members to their workplaces follow these core principles.


While employers have the legal right to require employee presence in the workplace, PIPSC is advocating for return to workplace policies that meet our core principles. We are here to support members who would like to request an accommodation or file a grievance.

Please see our frequently asked questions for more information. If you have questions or concerns about your specific circumstances, please contact a steward.

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.