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Welcome to the new National Defence Headquarters

Scheduled to be completed in 2020, the move to the revitalized NDHQ will consolidate the Defence footprint in the NCR from over 40 different locations. The move will generate cost savings over the long-term, and will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the Defence Team by bringing over 9,000 members together into a modern and collaborative environment.

Below you will find more information on features, updates and resources. You may also visit the dedicated intranet site for further details.

The buildings throughout NDHQ (Carling) are unlike anything else in the Defence portfolio. With plenty of natural light, plants and water, both indoors and out, the Defence Team will have a healthy and inviting work environment. Staff will benefit from having sit-stand desks, personal storage lockers, improved air circulation, and collaborative spaces for both planned and impromptu discussions.

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  • VCDS Bell Let’s Talk Breakfast
    08:00 -09:00

    60, prom Moodie Dr. Ottawa ON

    60, prom Moodie Dr. Ottawa ON

    Looking for a unique opportunity to engage on Bell Let’s Talk (BLT) Day with your senior leadership? Look no further.


    Mental Health Co-Champion, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, is pleased to host a Bell Let’s Talk Breakfast on January 29 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at Carling Campus focusing on mental health in the workplace. He will be joined by special guest and his Mental Health Co-Champion, Deputy Minister Jody Thomas.


    This informal session will provide a small group of Defence Team members the opportunity to share breakfast and discuss important mental health topics at Defence. This breakfast will provide a unique opportunity to learn about leadership’s key goals and priorities and for them to learn about what is top-of-mind for military and civilian members across the Defence Team.


    The goal of BLT Day is to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness and support mental health initiatives around the country by talking, texting, and tweeting about mental health. So, let’s talk and encourage the normalization and continuity of this important conversation.


    Interested in attending?

    Please send your name, your organization, what it is you do, and any other information about yourself you would like to share, as well as the main mental health questions you would like to discuss to: +Internal Communications internes@ADM(PA)@Ottawa-Hull by no later than Wednesday, January 22. *Building and room location to follow in invitation.

  • Bell Let’s Talk Day Panel Discussion: Mental Health – Creating Positive Change Through Action
    10:00 -11:00

    60, prom Moodie Dr. Ottawa ON

    60, prom Moodie Dr. Ottawa ON

    Defence Team members in the National Capital Region (NCR) are invited to attend an event highlighting #BellLet’sTalk Day. The event will take place on Wednesday, January 29, from 1000 hrs to 1100 hrs in the atrium of Building 5 (by the Starbucks) at NDHQ(Carling).


    The event will focus on actions to create positive change in the workplace where there is an increased awareness around mental illness and acceptance of talking about mental health. It is an opportunity to learn simple and practical tips that can help you have a positive impact on your life and those around you, learn about the resources available to support your personal well-being, and hear what Defence is doing to build and sustain a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.


    During this event, audience members will be invited to participate and electronically submit questions in an informal arm chair discussion highlighting the mental health of all Defence Team members, featuring Mental Health co-Champions Deputy Minister, Jody Thomas, Vice Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, and Mr. Jerry Ryan, President of the Federal Government Dockyard Trade and Labour Council East, who will be joined by departmental mental health and well-being experts.


    Defence Team members who have questions but are unable to attend the event can submit a question for the panelists ahead of time, or follow the event on the official DND/CAF social media accounts.


    Kiosks offering important information on military and civilian mental health support services will also be available.



     Vanessa Pok Shin

    Mental Health and Well-Being Advisor, Total Health Management, ADM(HR-Civ)






Kathy Roberge: Hello and thank you for joining us. My name is Kathy Roberge. Today I’m at NDHQ Carling with Dan Godbout for another update on the transformation of NDHQ.

Dan, can you tell us a little bit about the alternate work arrangements that are encouraged for employees here at Carling?

Daniel Godbout: So, this alternate work arrangement is really a new way of working. So, we’re looking at a different way, at different hours, different way to deliver what you need to deliver as an outcome from government. You can do it from home. You can do it with a different schedule to come in to work: you can come in a little earlier, a little later, finish a little later. Really, what we’re looking at is delivery of services. What is the outcome you need to produce, and does that need to be done from a desk, or can it be done from anywhere? And it’s really that arrangement between employees and managers that will define what is the new alternate work arrangement. And that’s very important. Not only for the fact that we can produce a lot better if we work differently, but also for the campus itself. So, if you have 10% of people that have an alternate work arrangement that are working from home that day, I’ve got 10% more parking.

At the same time, if you have an appointment and you don’t want to cross town and go back home, you can work with your manager, at least request it, and the managers are very much aware of the alternate work arrangement, they can work with employees and find ways to accommodate your own schedule.

Kathy Roberge: So can you tell me where I can find more information on this?

Daniel Godbout: So, right now, our intranet website has all the information pertinent to this HQ 2020, this move. All the new policies that are being created and about to be published will be provided on the website. So, please, go and consult it on the intranet and I’ll give you all the information you need to know.

Kathy Roberge: That’s it for me, is there anything else you want to talk about or tell us about NDHQ Carling?

Daniel Godbout: Yes, this is a very exciting place to work in. A lot of people came in last winter. CMP, you go and walk through their lines and you talk, we’ve done it. We went over and asked questions, and they’re really enthused. This is a very vibrant location to work from, and they are really happy to have moved here.

Kathy Roberge: Great, thank you very much Dan. Thank you for watching. This has been an NDHQ Carling update.



Kathy Roberge: Hello and thank you for joining us. My name is Kathy Roberge. Today I’m at NDHQ Carling with Dan Godbout for another update on the transformation of NDHQ.

Now Dan, I hear that technology is a big deal here at NDHQ Carling. Can you tell me how the new technology is going to transform the way we work?

Daniel Godbout: So, the new technology that we’re bringing in is a lot like the technology that we have at home. At the same time, we’re bringing in a technology that’s going to be transparent to the user. We’re bringing electronic filing, finally. We’ll get rid of filing cabinets and you will be able to have all your information electronically. You’ll be able to file it through GCDocs. At the same time, we’re giving you mobility, we’re giving you tools that can be used anywhere on the campus. We’re bringing you Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi in Defence, nobody thought that would be possible. We’re giving you Wi-Fi in collaborative areas, in conference rooms areas, in VTC areas. So you’ll be able to get up, get away from your workspace, and go work with your colleagues at other locations.

At the same time, we’re bringing a new printing solution where you can print anywhere within the campus. You will have to tag in, once you get to a printer with your pass, but you can ask to print from anywhere. We’re also bringing voice over IP. So you can be anywhere in the campus, log into a phone, it becomes your phone, your phone number, so you can move within the campus. So this is the technology we’re talking about.

Kathy Roberge: And I guess all this technology will allow employees to work from home?

Daniel Godbout: Yes. So we’re talking about really how we work. So, three pillars to what we’re trying to put here. The workplace: we’re giving you a bright environment to work in. We’re also giving you some tools that are in the background; the IT tools. And we’re letting you work in a different way, so that you are able to work partly from home, partly from other buildings. And this is really the new way of working that you don’t need to be chained to your desk.

Kathy Roberge: Thank you for watching. This has been an NDHQ Carling update.



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