Wednesday, April 01, 2020
While You're Waiting for that Cheque from Ottawa
While you're waiting for that relief cheque from Ottawa, here's a word to keep in mind, "Phoenix."
Phoenix is the system the Harper government introduced in 2011 to streamline paycheque services for Canada's public service. It was a screw-up then and it's still a screw-up.
The Liberal government that succeeded Harper inherited this mess and has been struggling with it ever since. Canada's minister of digital government, Joyce Murray, said that "Canada's hard-working employees should be paid accurately and on time." Last month it was announced that SAP Canada would soon be testing various fixes to debug Phoenix. According to ITCanada, the testing is expected to take a year.
While you're praying you don't catch Covid-19 it wouldn't hurt to throw in a little prayer that your relief cheque isn't processed through Phoenix.
BTW, by the time the next round of testing is done, it'll mark the 10th anniversary of the Phoenix system. Ten years to perhaps fix a screwed-up payroll system. Remember what people once managed to do in ten years? (you can pick this up at the 2:00 mark)