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Phoenix Pay: a timeline | Ottawa Citizen

PSAC members protest the Phoenix pay system on Laurier Ave in Ottawa Thursday Feb 28, 2019. Members demand action from the federal government because of the Phoenix pay system.  Tony Caldwell

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March: The pay centre opens in Miramichi.

Fiscal year: The budget for pay modernization project is reduced in line with government-wide cost-cutting effort.

December: Public Services begins implementing pay modernization project.


June: Initial Phoenix design is completed, version of PeopleSoft to be used changed to 9.1 from 8.9.


Spring: Planned July pilot with Natural Resources changed to become internal Public Works pilot to conduct tests on the pay system.

Summer: Pay modernization project defers key software enhancements, including retroactive automation for “acting” positions and retroactive transactions relating to changes in collective agreements.

July 13: Sensitive data removed from pay modernization defect tracking tool following a privacy breach.

Mid-Sept: Two-stage rollout of Phoenix delayed from October and December to February and April. Final testing of system moved to January.

Oct. 19: Liberals win a majority in federal election.

Nov. 4: Liberal cabinet sworn in. Public Works department renamed Public Services and Procurement Canada.


Jan. 18: Final draft of report by S.i. Systems, an independent contractor, concludes Phoenix is ready to be rolled out.

Jan. 29: Public Services and Procurement Canada receives a draft copy of a second assessment of new system’s readiness from Gartner. This report, commissioned by Treasury Board, is more pessimistic about the readiness of Phoenix, but Public Services Minister Judy Foote does not see it until after Phoenix is launched.

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