PSAC reaches an agreement with Treasury Board on the establishment of a joint task force on mental health

PSAC had tabled a proposal in January to ensure a more proactive approach to improving mental health. Following negotiations at the end of March with Treasury Board, the parties agreed on the makeup, responsibilities and timelines for the task force on mental health.

The parties have agreed to establish a steering committee and a technical committee by April 30, 2015. The technical committee will provide a report of recommendations to the steering committee by September 1st, 2015. This date may be extended by mutual agreement of the steering committee members.

The responsibilities of the task force include identifying ways to reduce and eliminate the stigma associated with mental health issues, improving communication on mental health challenges in the workplace, and implementing the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

CAPE and all other federal public service unions had been advised of PSAC’s intention to spearhead this file. PSAC is a recognized leader when it comes to matters of occupational health and safety and mental health, so it is entirely logical for it to assume a central role in these discussions.

“We hope this task force will make recommendations that can subsequently be integrated in the collective agreements of the EC and TR groups,” indicated CAPE President Emmanuelle Tremblay.