There are 14 guiding principles to shape how we undertake this. 17 priorities broken into two categories and there are a number of conditions that are meant to be achieved or that must be achieved before we move from one stage to the next. This is the framework that guides making those decisions.
Now, let's focus on phase 3 and the four stages that are articulated in this directive.
Stage 1 is really the start of our business continuity planning, when we stop all but critical activities, back on the 13th of March.
Stage 2 is the conduct of additional remote work and the preparation of our work spaces for occupation. So, that doesn't mean we're bringing more people into the workplace, but we are preparing them for their arrival when the time comes or when the time arises where they're obligated to command, to perform whatever function it is that they conduct.
In stage 3, we move into the execution of training and this really gets back to the ability to stop the erosion of CAF readiness and get back to bringing people into our fold and stopping the loss of 450 new recruits joining our ranks each and every month.
And stage 4 is in a latent COVID environment executing all of those operations.
It sounds like these are very much sequential: you must move through one to get to the next as an entirety of a CAF and DND team, and the reality is, we currently have people in stage 1, 2 and 3 across our footprint. We were a week into our BCPs (business continuity plans) when ADM Fin (Assistant Deputy Minister – Finance) said: "I really need my whole team back into work or available to work or online to work” and that includes all the L1 controllers across the land.
So, that happened almost immediately. They've been a couple of courses that have been ongoing since the BCP were enacted and a couple that have commenced since then and more that will commence in the next couple of weeks, but in every case, the L1s have assured that they have met the framework, the conditions that are necessary to be able to move from one stage to the other.
And critical within that is having a plan for regression. If there is an outbreak somewhere on a course, somewhere on a base or in a local community that causes us to have to stop and maybe regress a little bit, they have to have that plan in place to make sure that at the end of the day, all of our folks are well taken care of and we're able to do precisely what our main effort is and that is to stop the erosion of CAF readiness and carry on with our mandate.