August 19, 2010
Minister Ambrose helps PM announce new pay center in Miramichi, New Brunswick
The Honorable Minister Rona Ambrose making an announcement in Miramichi, New Brunswick on August 19, 2010.
Miramichi, New Brunswick − Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that the Government of Canada is modernizing its 40-year-old pay system for public servants and consolidating pay services in a new Centre of Expertise in Miramichi, New Brunswick. He was joined by Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women; Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway; and Tilly O'Neill-Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi
"The modernization of the Government's pay system and services will save taxpayers millions of dollars and create hundreds of jobs in Miramichi," said Prime Minister Harper. "This is part of our Government's ongoing commitment to increase the effectiveness of Public Service operations and eliminate unnecessary costs."
This new plan will apply up-to-date technology to replace outdated and labour-intensive information technology systems, saving Canadians money over the long run and ensuring more efficient service.
The transformation of the Government's antiquated pay administration system and services will address concerns raised in the Auditor General's Spring 2010 report and is expected to generate significant benefits. These include overall savings starting in 2016-2016 when the system is fully implemented, a full complement of 550 Public Works and Government Services Canada staff at the centre by 2015-2016 and information technology jobs in the National Capital Region over a six-year period.
The new pay system and Centre of Expertise will also ensure a sustainable and effective compensation service for public servants consistent with modern industry standards.