City of Toronto offering redeployment incentives to cover staffing gaps

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Potential staffing shortages from surging COVID-19 numbers, along with the suspension of non-vaccine compliant employees, has prompted the city of Toronto to introduce incentive pay in a redeployment plan to cover the gaps.

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“While we are continuing to do everything possible to combat this new wave of the pandemic and the Omicron variant, I need to share information that cannot wait until after the holidays,” said Toronto City Manager Chris Murray in a memo Christmas Eve.

“We are rolling out the first phase of our redeployment plan to ensure that essential and critical services continue to be delivered to our community and residents.”

This will include many city departments.

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“Examples of services the city is focused on are emergency response by Toronto Police, Fire, and Paramedics, Toronto Water operations, shelter operations, long-term care, winter operations, and the ongoing response to COVID-19, including vaccination efforts.”

Murray warns “depending on how the situation evolves, additional staff may need to be redeployed in order to assist the city where help is needed most, both immediately and in the near future” and they “will be implementing incentive pay options for redeployed staff, as well as staff who occupy the same positions in which redeployment is occurring” and “we are in regular communication with our union and association partners and will continue to engage them as we address this evolving situation.”

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