Clerk of the Privy Council

Photo: Michael Wernick, Clerk of the Privy Council

Michael Wernick was appointed Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet on January 22, 2016.

The Clerk of the Privy Council is the most senior non-political official in the Government of Canada, and provides professional, non-partisan advice and support to the Prime Minister on all policy and operational issues that may affect the Government of Canada.

The Clerk of the Privy Council is also Secretary to the Cabinet and has particular responsibilities with respect to:

  • ensuring the continuity of government between successive administrations;
  • keeping custody of the records of previous administrations; and
  • enabling the government of the day to understand and recognize the established conventions of Canada's constitutional monarchy.

As the Head of the federal Public Service, the Clerk of the Privy Council ensures that the Government of Canada has the policy, management and human resources capacity it needs to design and deliver high quality programs and services to and for Canadians.

Visit the Clerk of the Privy Council's website.

Annual Reports to the Prime Minister


Speeches of Former Clerks