Civil Servants Invited to Work from Home During Pope's Visit | Pope Francis in Canada

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Officials invited to work from home during the Pope's visit | Pope Francis in Canada

Civil servants stationed in Quebec are encouraged to work from home from Wednesday to Friday (archives).

The Quebec government invites some of its employees stationed in the capital to telecommute from Wednesday to avoid traffic congestion problems caused by the Pope's visit.

In an internal memo sent last week, the Ministère des Transports (MTQ) encourages civil servants in a dozen government offices and buildings to stay at home from July 27 to 29.

These dates coincide with the presence of the sovereign pontiff in Quebec. The employer recalls that major traffic obstructions are planned in the streets of the capital throughout the Pope's stay.

It is also possible that the event will generate significant traffic congestion in the Quebec City metropolitan area. Thus, as provided for in Appendix 2 of the Ministerial Telework Policy, we encourage staff working in Quebec City to promote telework during these days, can we read in the note.

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The invitation to work from home is addressed in particular to employees who work at the head office of the MTQ, located at 700, boulevard René-Lévesque Est, and to those of Government Air Service, on 7th Airport Street.

It also concerns the staff of various administrative buildings on Atrium, Pierre-Bertrand and Wilfrid-Hamel boulevards.

The Union of Public and Parapublic Service of Quebec (SFPQ) has also indicated to Radio-Canada that its members working at the Marie-Guyart building and at the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity (MTESS) in Upper Town had received the recommendation to telecommuting.

At the end of February, Quebec civil servants who had been sent home at the start of the pandemic began to gradually return to government buildings under a hybrid formula combining teleworking and presence in the office.

< p class="e-p">Quebec City has warned its citizens that the Pope's visit will have repercussions on the flow of traffic. This will be the case, among other things, when he arrives at Jean-Lesage International Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

Security and traffic management arrangements for the Pope's visit are beginning to take shape in the streets of Quebec.

Streets will be temporarily closed to facilitate the movement of the papal procession between the airport and the Citadel of Quebec.

Other obstacles are to be expected during the ambulatory route that the sovereign pontiff will take between the Porte Saint-Louis, the Plains of Abraham and rue De Buade.

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Furthermore, the streets surrounding the Archdiocese, where the head of the Catholic Church will be staying during his stay, will be closed to traffic.

The Municipality has encouraged the population to organize their trips according to the planned obstacles and to prioritize the use of public transport.

With the collaboration by Christiane Latortue

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