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Recruitment is one part of the overall effort to maintain an environment where all public servants are excited about their work and look forward each day to serving Canadians. The ideas and proposals in this report are complemented by the initiatives being developed by the COSO Sub-Committees on Workplace Well-Being and Learning and on Development and by actions right across the Public Service.

The immediate priority is action. Recruitment needs are obvious, even when not yet defined in precise numerical terms. There is an obvious need to rejuvenate and renew the workforce at all levels to achieve representation levels that not only meet and exceed benchmarks but that link to serious efforts to build a truly inclusive and diverse workplace, and to respond to the opportunities of E–government. These needs are obvious at all levels of the Public Service.

The Speech from the Throne indicated the priority that the government attaches to recruitment. There is an increasing body of best practices on which to draw. Central agencies are taking action to achieve results. All leaders at all levels in departments are increasing their efforts. We need to continue to innovate and develop new approaches.

The needs are clear. The choices are obvious. The time is now.

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