Mr. Chair, it's an interesting question in the sense that while we are very focused on security and cybersecurity, we need to make sure that our employees and Canadians have access to the services and the systems we are putting in place. Accessibility is always, besides security, one of the preoccupations.
At Shared Services Canada we have a team, which is called the accessibility, accommodation and adaptive computer technology program team. It reviews and advises departments on applications and solutions to really make sure that when something is launched, whether it's an application or a new process, it's accessible by default, making sure that what has been in place for a while is also reviewed and adjusted. We follow the standards for accessibility. We have that capacity, and it's very important.
The link with security here is that when we implement new measures, we have to make sure we test them from an accessibility perspective so that it doesn't become a barrier for those who legitimately need to access these applications and these systems to do their work or to access their services. It's critical that we maintain that attention.
There are two other aspects to this program. One is about supporting the employees so they receive an assessment of what might be needed for them to fully operate in the workplace, so making sure that we have equality there. The other is about providing advice. Last year we added a dimension that had been missing from that, which is that new employees or temporary employees coming in also benefit from what we call the lending library. It's to make sure that early on in their employment with the federal government, as an employer of choice, we provide them with the tools and the adaptations in terms of technology, monitors, devices and applications that can help them to fully participate in the workplace. This program is essential.
Thank you for mentioning that. It's very important, particularly this week.