Public sector struggles with amalgamation

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/30/2001

For the past five years, seemingly countless mergers, amalgamations and downloadings have consumed government at all levels.

Widely criticized by employees and the public alike — Mike Harris’ Ontario government recently lost a by-election fought over amalgamation in the City of Hamilton — the repercussions are still being felt across the civil service as departments, businesses and crown corporations struggle to adapt to the unprecedented change.

Ostensibly intended to reduce overlap and develop efficiencies, in reality they have meant, almost invariably, job cuts and working with reduced resources; difficult circumstances for HR departments.