The following principles were developed jointly by the Bargaining Agent Side representatives and the Employer side representatives to the National Joint Council (NJC). These principles are the cornerstone of managing government relocations and shall guide all employees and managers in achieving fair, reasonable and modern relocation practices across the public service.

Trust - increase the amount of discretion and latitude for employees and managers to act in a fair and reasonable manner.

Flexibility - create an environment where management decisions respect the duty to accommodate, best respond to employees’ needs and interests, and consider operational requirements in the determination of relocation arrangements.

Respect - create a sensitive, supportive relocation environment and processes which respect employees’ needs.

Valuing people - recognize employees in a professional manner while supporting employees, their families, their health and safety in the relocation context.

Transparency - ensure consistent, fair and equitable application of the Directive and its practices.

Modern relocation practices - introduce relocation management practices that support the principles and are in keeping with relocation industry trends and realities; develop and implement an appropriate relocation accountability framework and structure.