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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 following 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

For tips on how to use GCcollaboration and comply with Information Management policies, click here.

How to install MS Teams on your devices

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

Use Microsoft Authenticator with Microsoft 365

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:

               

Upcoming Virtual Training Sessions

Microsoft is hosting online training sessions in both English and French. The sessions are intended for for GC employees and aims to help with building the skills to support the adoption of Teams and M365. Topics to be covered will include:

  • intro to Teams
  • using Chat, Channels, Activity, Meetings
  • coordination of meetings, activities and more

The sessions will be offered in two formats, pre-recorded and live. Click here to find a date and time that works for you.

Getting Started

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

Audiences

If you identify as one of the following audiences, click on the icon for more information about GCcollaboration. Please note that these pages below take you to GCpedia and requires access to the Government of Canada network.

             

Is My Department Collaborating Across The GC using GCcollaboration?

UPDATE: The content here was asked to be removed from this page and as such has been relocated to GCcollaboration Department Listing