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Project “Lean Headquarters” Behind Schedule

Posted on: October 2nd, 2015 by Chris Scott

This is an interesting development that may affect military postings into and out of Ottawa.  With the move to the new DND headquarters the military is making an effort to get leaner.

Part of the Defence Renewal Program launched in 2013, the initiative to reduce the number of staff at Ottawa’s NDHQ by between 846 and 1034 “full-time equivalents” is still in the analysis phase and no changes to personnel have been implemented to date.

The overall size of Ottawa’s DND workforce is expected to remain the same since the focus will be on moving employees into higher priority areas or towards higher value work such as support to Cyber Security or the Canadian Military’s Space Program.  In total, between 2,800 and 4,800 military and civilian personnel across the country could be moved. This could lead to a very active posting season in 2016 and 2017, with many military personnel being transferred.  The effort is complex and will take several years to complete.  Re-training and re-location will be utilized if necessary.

It appears that as many as 1,000 civilian jobs have been eliminated because of ongoing government-ordered cutbacks at DND.  In some instances, private firms are being brought in to supply non-union workers for positions such as clerks, cleaners and kitchen staff.  It is possible that there could be more civilian cuts at NDHQ because of the expected changes.

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