Ottawa politicians put outplacement in spotlight

Despite sticker shock, transition help makes sense
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2017

Career transition experts are defending the use of outplacement services for outgoing employees after the Canadian government came under fire for racking up a bill of more than $4 million for outplacement and other forms of personal coaching in the past year.

The federal Conservative party was scrutinized for amounts authorized by outgoing ministers looking to help their political aides’ transition back into the private sector.

Three former Conservative ministers — Chris Alexander, Steven Blaney and Peter MacKay — collectively spent more than $100,000 to provide outplacement to members of their department, with Alexander’s bill alone coming in at $74,314, according to the National Post.