Feds launch coworking pilot project

Two-year government plan hopes to encourage collaboration, innovation
By John Dujay
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/31/2019
Coworking Space
The two-year pilot project will create hubs that will enable collaboration between like-minded departments and individuals. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

The concept of coworking has been around since the early 2000s and the federal government now wants to take a dip into that pool — albeit in a small way.

The GCcoworking initiative will see 385 new office spaces opened for workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) that will provide a “temporary touchdown point for employees travelling between meetings or a temporary workspace for employees who telework and need access to boardrooms or other office amenities,” according to a release.

The two-year pilot project will “create hubs that will enable collaboration between like-minded departments and individuals,” says Marc-André Charbonneau, media relations officer at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) in Ottawa.