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CANADA: PS signs up with Microsoft

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The Canadian Government has signed a seven-year agreement with Microsoft Canada that includes a new suite of digital communication and collaboration tools for Public Servants.

Minister of Public Services, Carla Qualtrough (pictured) said that as part of the agreement, Shared Services Canada would offer PS staff access to Microsoft Office 365.

“This will enable them to deliver services to Canadians that are timely and citizen-centred,” Ms Qualtrough said.

“With accessibility features built-in by default, Office 365 will support the next generation of a diverse workforce and enable new degrees of efficiency and collaboration through the latest office productivity technologies.”

She said the new digital communication and collaboration tools were part of a larger renewed framework agreement with Microsoft Canada to support critical software and services for the Government.

“This is a key step on the road towards a true digital Government,” Ms Qualtrough said.

“Equipping our Public Servants with accessible, reliable and innovative technologies will unleash the potential of our world-class Public Service and result in better service delivery for all Canadians.”

President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government, Joyce Murray said Canadians deserved the best Government programs and services that could be provided.

“That means equipping Public Servants with the right tools to enable modern digital delivery,” Ms Murray said.

“We are ensuring our workforce has access to cutting-edge technologies that will strengthen collaboration across Government and help unleash creativity and innovation.”

Ottawa, 21 April 2019

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