The Public Service of Canada
About the Public Service
The Public Service has a long history, steeped in the Westminster system. It is part of the Executive Branch of Government, but assists all Parliamentarians.
The Public Service is a values-based, dynamic and evolving institution – moving toward the Blueprint 2020 vision.
The Public Service delivers quality programs and services to Canadians, and provides evidence-based advice to Government.
The Public Service Matters
The Public Service of Canada is a world-class institution, capable of skillfully anticipating and responding to the evolving needs of Canadians and their Government. It is essential to Canada’s Westminster model of governance and a key advantage for Canada.
“A strong, merit-based, non-partisan and representative public service is essential to this country’s success – and indeed to the success of any democratic society”
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada (February 27, 2015)
“Our ability, as a government, to successfully implement our platform depends on our ability to thoughtfully consider the professional, non-partisan advice of public servants. Each and every time a government employee comes to work, they do so in service to Canada, with a goal of improving our country and the lives of all Canadians.”
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, November 2015 (Ministerial mandate letters)
A Proud Tradition
- The Public Service of Canada is professional and non-partisan. Our non-partisanship is inseparable from our respect for democracy.
- Each successive Government of Canada can be confident that it will be served loyally and competently, with continuity and a peaceful and effective transfer of power.
- We work in the Public Interest – Canadians can trust that we will provide fearless advice and deliver sound programs and services.
- We ensure sound stewardship and deliver results – ensuring efficient and effective use of public resources and protecting public assets for current and future generations.
People – Who we are
Diversity in the Public Service
There are 282 Federal Departments, Agencies and other organizations
Federal Regulatory Oversight
- Financial Administration Act
- Public Service Modernization Act
- Public Service Employment Act
- Federal Accountability Act
How the Public Service Manages Itself
Accountability to Parliament
Some ways the Public Service interacts with Members of Parliament
History of Renewal in Canada's Public Service
- A world-class Public Service equipped to serve Canada and Canadians now and into the future.
- An open and networked environment that engages citizens and partners for the public good.
- A whole-of-government approach that enhances service delivery and value for money.
- A modern workplace that makes smart use of new technologies to improve networking, access to data and customer service.
- A capable, confident and high-performing workforce that embraces new ways of working and mobilizes the diversity of talent to serve the country’s evolving needs.
Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet, For the year ending March 31, 2016
“To carry out the Government’s mandate and improve the capabilities of the Public Service, public servants must work with the right tools, use lighter processes and operate within the right structures. We must remain focused on improving wellness and mental health in the workplace and continue to reinvigorate our efforts to attract, retain and develop top talent.”
Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet, Twenty-Third Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada
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