As Quebec and Ontario reconfigure, provincial officials have instead been ordered to return to the office in British Columbia, where the pandemic has wreaked havoc.
The 35,000 employees in the province are forced to return to work, at least part-time, reads a notice they received on Thursday and whose Globe and Mail got copy.
The measures that had been put in place to promote teleworking will be removed.
“Although the civil service has shown remarkable flexibility and resilience since the start of the pandemic, there are potential negative impacts on individuals, teams and organizational performance resulting from working remotely on time. full in the long run, ”the 22-page document states.
As British Columbia is currently in the election campaign, this decision was most likely made by senior officials, recalled the World.
The decision, however, was approved by the director of public health, the Dre Bonnie Henry.
At the same time, as the second wave rises in the province, the Dre Henry urged British Columbians to avoid family festivities this Thanksgiving weekend.
Cumulating just over 10,000 COVID-19 cases since March, British Columbia is doing much better than Quebec, which has exceeded 85,000 cases.
It also has a better record than the neighboring province of Alberta, which has twice as many people infected even though its population is smaller.