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Values and Operating Principles



Competence refers to the knowledge, abilities, personal suitability and other qualities required to perform effectively in the workplace. Competence resides in individuals, working independently or as a member of a team, and in the organization as a whole. We:

  • commit to employing competent people
  • maintain and transmit “corporate memory” (i.e., knowledge, skills and experience developed over many years) as an essential part of organizational competence and renewal
  • invest in individual development and career planning to maintain the required competencies and to support personal and organizational growth


Mutual trust, recognition of accomplishments, self-esteem and regard for others are important elements of respectful working relationships. As a value that is earned and deserved, respect implies that we:

  • respect individual differences and different points of view
  • recognize individual and team contributions
  • respect the need to balance our work and personal lives
  • recognize the right of employees to union membership, representation and participation in union activities
  • respect and apply principles concerning official languages, employment equity, privacy, health and safety in the workplace, and protection from harassment and discrimination
  • foster an environment in which we participate in the organization’s activities and decisions
  • consult prior to taking decisions that directly affect other employees


Fairness means that our activities and decisions are just, timely, impartial and objective. We:

  • ensure equitable treatment of employees both individually and collectively while respecting our diversity
  • apply equitable processes and our attitudes, acts, and decisions are well reasoned
  • communicate our practices and decisions openly and honestly
  • ensure that all staffing decisions and other human resource practices are free from political influence and other forms of patronage

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