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What is GCcollaboration

In response to COVID-19, the Government of Canada is temporarily launching GCcollaboration, a suite of Microsoft 365 tools that are available:

  • on the cloud
  • from any personal device
  • for unprotected/unclassified information and discussions

Why is GCcollaboration being launched now?

The Government of Canada is launching GCcollaboration to offer public servants a suite of tools to support their remote working arrangements due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

The purpose is to enable the use of video and audio conferencing in MS Teams for public servants and reduce the need of VPN access.

GCcollaboration also ensures that public servants have access to software that enables them to work together from home during this crisis.

Important Information

Before you use GCcollaboration, note the following:

  • It is temporarily available and will end pending the end of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Due to security measures, it is very important that you do NOT use the same password as you use for your work devices or applications
  • It is NOT recommended that you download the Microsoft software on personal devices as it may nullify personal Microsoft licenses

How to install MS Teams on your devices

The following are documented instructions to support users in downloading MS Teams.

What does it include? How can I learn these tools?

GCcollaboration currently includes the following Office 365 tools.

To learn how to use these tools, click on one of the following icons to find resources offered by Microsoft:

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Upcoming Virtual Training Sessions

Microsoft will be hosting online Teams training sessions (in both English and French). There is no limit to the number of participants that can register. The sessions are intended for end-users covering the topics such as: Intro to Teams, using Chat, Channels, Activity, Meetings and more.

English Sessions

French Sessions

  • April 23 at 9:30 am EST – Pre-recorded with live Moderators
  • May 21 at 9:30 am EST – Pre-recorded with live Moderators
  • June 18 at 9:30 am EST – Pre-recorded with live Moderators

Getting Started

If you're interested in getting an account, please contact your departmental service desk for more information.


If you identify as one of the following audiences, click on the icon for more information about GCcollaboration.

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Is My Department Collaborating Across The GC using GCcollaboration?

This section of the wiki is a crowd sourced list of departments, to determine if they choose to use a single common platform (GCcollaboration) or if they chose to go at it alone. This list was initially populated by referring the Global Address Listing (aka GAL) located within the Outlook Tab.

Column Descriptions:

  • Using: Department has decided to opt-in to using GCcollaboration
  • NOT Using: Department has decided to opt-out of using GCcollaboration
  • Unknown: The department has not been confirmed or not to using GCcolaboration
  • Contributed by: Wiki Signature of user who contributed the department to the list, but not necessarily related to the roll out efforts
  • Verified by: Wiki Signature of the user who verified the department is participating.
  • Comments: Any appropriate comments that you think add value

Do you want your department to join the collaboration effort? Send a request to your IT Service Desk and reference this page.

Please take a moment to update or add a row for your department.

Department Listing

Department Using NOT Using Unknown Contributed By Verified By Comments
AAFC-AAC x David Sampson
ASC-CSA x David Sampson
BAC/LAC x David Sampson
CBSA-ASFC x David Sampson
CFP-PSC x David Sampson
CIHR-IRSC x David Sampson
CSPS X David Sampson
DND x David Sampson
ECCC x David Sampson
FEGC-WAGE x David Sampson
GAC-AMC x David Sampson
IRB-CISR x David Sampson
IRCC x David Sampson
ISED x David Sampson Home Department for Canada's Free Agents
NRCAN X David Sampson Home Department for Canada's Free Agents
OCI-BEC X David Sampson
PC X David Sampson
PS-SP X David Sampson
RCMP-GRC X David Sampson
SSC X David Sampson Leading the implementation of GCcollaboration
STATCAN X David Sampson
TBS x David Sampson Home Department for Canada's Free Agents
TC x David Sampson Home Department for Canada's Free Agents
IRB x David Sampson