2015-2016 Part III - Departmental Performance Report (DPR) - Supporting Information on Sub-Programs

Table of Contents

  1. Analysis of Sub-Programs
    1. Sub-Program 1.1.1: Issues, policies, machinery and appointments
    2. Sub-Program 1.1.2: International affairs and national security
    3. Sub-Program 1.1.3: Intergovernmental Affairs
    4. Sub-Program 1.1.4: Legislation, parliamentary issues and democratic reform
    5. Sub-Program 1.1.5: Offices of the Prime Minister and portfolio ministers
    6. Sub-Program 1.2.1: Operation of Cabinet committees
    7. Sub-Program 1.2.2: Integration across the federal government
    8. Sub-Program 1.3.1: Business transformation and Public Service renewal
    9. Sub-Program 1.3.2: Management of senior leaders
  2. Endnotes

Analysis of Sub-Programs

Sub-Program 1.1.1: Issues, policies, machinery and appointments

Description

PCO provides advice and support to the Prime Minister and portfolio ministers on a wide range of issues and policies, including those pertaining to social, economic, regional development, and legal matters. PCO provides advice on the constitutional principles of our system of government and the prerogative responsibilities of the Prime Minister, such as the structure and organization of government. PCO coordinates government-wide communications so that they are effectively managed and responsive to the diverse information needs of the public. PCO also provides advice and support for Governor-in-Council appointments and competency-based selection processes for these appointments.

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

PCO provided timely, high-quality advice and support to the prime ministers and portfolio ministers on the delivery of the agendas of two governments in 2015—16. PCO delivered sound, non-partisan advice and support on an extensive array of subjects and matters in response to each government’s agenda. PCO delivered advice on matters ranging from the prerogative for machinery of government changes to economic, sustainable development and social policy issues, from federal budget measures and the government’s business processes to legal advice, from emerging issues and crises to Governor-in-Council appointments. The following details the work of PCO in 2015—16 regarding issues, policies, machinery of government and appointments.

Machinery of Government

PCO provided timely and high quality advice to the Prime Minister on a range of issues that invoked his prerogative for machinery of government changes. Advice was delivered on issues which arose from policy proposals or stand-alone proposals of Ministers.

After the October 2015 federal election, PCO delivered timely advice and support to the incoming Prime Minister on the structure and organization of the Ministry and of Cabinet committees. PCO’s advice and support enabled the formation of Cabinet in November 2015 and the delivery of the Government’s agenda. PCO provided advice and support for the rearrangement of specific portfolio responsibilities, in keeping with the priorities of the Government. PCO supported the appointment of the new ministry including several changes to the organization of government and ministerial responsibilities, as well as changes to the names of several departments in order to reflect the government’s priorities. PCO also provided advice and support for the development and publication of Open and Accountable Governmenti, the Prime Minister’s guide for his Ministry on how to achieve its agenda. PCO advised the Prime Minister on the development of ministers’ mandate letters and on the first-time public disclosure of these letters, thereby implementing the Government’s commitment to openness. Throughout 2015—16, PCO provided advice and support continuously on specific issues that raised machinery questions.

In November 2015, the Government created a new Cabinet Committee on Agenda, Results and Communications (ARC), tasked with setting the government’s forward agenda, tracking progress on priorities, and considering strategic communications. In January 2016, a new Results and Delivery Unit (RDU) was established to support the ARC, the Prime Minister and federal departments.

In February 2016, a new Youth Secretariat was established at PCO to provide support and advice to the Prime Minister in his role as Minister of Youth, to the Parliamentary Secretary for Youth and to federal departments on key policy and strategic issues relating to youth, as well as on youth engagement activities. In this regard, PCO provided advice and support for the design, implementation and secretariat support for the Prime Minister's Youth Council. The Youth Secretariat also promotes coordinated youth strategies across federal departments.

Issues and Policies: Democratic Reform and the Legislative Agenda

PCO provided support to the government’s agenda to introduce changes to Canada’s democratic institutions and processes. Timely and quality advice and support was provided regarding possible reforms. PCO provided advice to the 23rd Prime Minister and the Minister of Democratic Institutions on the creation of the independent advisory process for Senate appointments and a process for changes to the electoral system. As the secretariat to the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments, PCO provided advice and operational support to the Advisory Board, and also advised the Prime Minister on the appointment of federal and provincial advisory board members.

PCO provided advice and support to the Prime Minister and to the Government House Leader on procedural and strategic issues, in particular, those related to government transition. Advice and support were provided to the Prime Minister, the Government House Leader and Cabinet for the launch of the new government’s legislative agenda, including preparing legislative call letters leading to the preparation of an overall plan for introducing and advancing the Government’s legislative program for the winter and spring sittings of the 42nd Parliament.

PCO provided timely and responsive legal advice and support to the prime ministers and portfolio ministers in respect of high profile and ongoing litigation and legal policy issues. In addition, PCO provided ongoing legal policy advice and support on the delivery of key proposals underpinning the Government’s agenda. PCO also engaged in the provision of timely and responsive legal advice during the transition period, specifically relating to the application of the conventions on the access to records of previous ministries and on the confidentiality of Cabinet deliberations.

Issues and Policies: Economic, Sustainable Development and Social

In 2015—16, PCO provided advice and support to the prime ministers and portfolio ministers of the 41st and 42nd parliaments on economic and sustainable development issues and on key social policy issues.

PCO delivered advice on hundreds of potential budget measures, developed in coordination with other central agencies. PCO provided advice on the development of Budget 2015 and helped the Government of the 22nd Prime Minister to achieve its fiscal objectives while supporting implementation of the Government’s agenda and ensuring value for money. Advice provided by PCO helped advance projects under the Defence Procurement Strategy and National Shipbuilding Strategy. As well, PCO’s advice supported the development of a climate change and clean growth agenda; and increased protection for marine and terrestrial areas.

For the new government, PCO provided analysis and advice on a wide range of economic matters, resulting in the development of numerous briefing notes on proposed budget measures. Advice was delivered on fiscal and economic matters for the new government’s November 2015 and February 2016 economic and fiscal updates, and Budget 2016. These documents outlined the fiscal approach of the new government and proposed key economic policy initiatives, such as significant new measures to help the middle class, most notably the middle class tax cut and the new Canada Child Benefit.

PCO provided advice on such issues as: extending Employment Insurance benefits to regions suffering from the downturn in commodity prices; supporting the development of a 10-year infrastructure plan, with significant investments in public transit, green infrastructure, affordable housing, Indigenous housing and community infrastructure, to create inclusive growth and support Canada’s ongoing transition to a clean growth economy; fulfilling commitments to make post-secondary education more affordable for low- and middle-income families; and supporting the development of proposals for a renewed Youth Employment Strategy to expand employment opportunities for young Canadians. PCO also advised the new government on advancing an Innovation Agenda, and developing approaches to domestic and international climate change policy. PCO supported the Prime Minister’s participation in the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, including the announcement of $2.65 billion in spending by 2020 to address climate change in developing countries.

Professional, non-partisan advice and support were provided to the Prime Minister and portfolio ministers on the delivery of the Government’s policies. In particular, PCO supported the steps to fulfill the Government’s commitment to successfully welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February 2016 by identifying horizontal policy linkages, as well as supporting collaboration across departments and agencies with this high-profile task. Canada will continue to resettle refugees over the course of 2016. In addition, PCO provided advice on: the Government’s response to the Supreme Court of Canada decision regarding medically-assisted dying (Carter v Canada); the plan to advance reconciliation with Indigenous people and deliver an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada; and the necessary steps to implement the Government’s commitment to cancel the increase of the age of eligibility for Old Age Security. PCO provided advice to the government on the ongoing negotiation and implementation of Modern Treaties and Specific Claims with First Nations, including input to Cabinet proposals concerning mandates and financial settlements, and ongoing participation in the oversight structures that are in place to ensure a whole-of-government approach to treaty implementation. PCO also apprised the incoming government of plans in effect for the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

PCO provided advice to the Prime Minister on key social policy issues which included: supporting the preparation and tabling of the 2016 Annual Immigration Levels Plan; advising the Government on changes made to the health-care coverage provided to refugees through the Interim Federal Health Program; providing advice on a range of veterans’ issues, including enhancements to financial benefits and services for veterans; supporting the development of a federal framework for anti-microbial resistance; supporting the repeal of anti-union legislation; and supporting the development of advice on programs related to First Nations education, infrastructure and nutrition.

Efficient and Effective Business Process

PCO exercised the challenge function on large-scale government initiatives such as infrastructure and the restructuring of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited to ensure value for money.

In keeping with the commitment in the Speech from the Throne (December 2015) to ensure that the Public Service is modern and high-performing, PCO provided strategic advice to the Prime Minister on the Public Service renewal agenda, ensuring an enterprise lens was used to inform policy and operational decisions affecting the Public Service.

Communications on Government’s Policy Priorities

PCO supported major public communications activities which resulted in a higher public profile for priorities such as the Climate Science briefing, the First Ministers’ Meetings in November 2015 (Ottawa) and March 2016 (Vancouver), and democratic reform initiatives such as Senate Reform and open and transparent government. PCO broadened the use of digital communications for public communications activities, which resulted in significant media coverage of and public attention to the Government’s policy priorities.

Governor-in-Council (GIC) and Senate Appointments

During 2015—16, PCO delivered advice and operational support resulting in a total of 403 GIC appointments. Some notable examples include: the Presidents of the Business Development Bank of Canada and of Polar Knowledge Canada, the Chief of the Defence Staff, and the Chairpersons of the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, and the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.

PCO coordinated and managed an inventory of 79 selection and recruitment processes at various stages of completion for GIC appointments in 2015—16. All selection processes were halted once the federal election was called on August 2, 2015. No appointments were made during the election period and a limited number were made between November 2015 and March 2016. Specifically, for tribunal chairs, all other leadership and the majority of full-time positions, PCO received applications, evaluated candidates, and managed and participated in the interview process.

PCO provided advice to the 23rd Prime Minister on the GIC appointments framework and related policy options. In February 2016, the Prime Minister announced a new approach for GIC appointments which supports open, transparent, and merit-based selection processes that will result in the recommendation of high-quality candidates, achieving gender parity and truly reflecting Canada’s diversity. This new approach now applies to over 1,500 GIC positions and makes hundreds of part-time positions subject to a formal selection process.

PCO supported the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments in its work to make recommendations to the Prime Minister for appointments to the Senate under a transitional process. A total of 284 Senate candidacies were received. Seven Senate vacancies were filled in March 2016 as a result of this process.

Please Note: The above examples of PCO’s performance and achievements during the 2015—16 fiscal year are meant to be read in conjunction with the department’s 2015—16 Departmental Performance Report.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015—16
Planned Spending
2015—16
Actual Spending
2015—16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
24,818,984 26,428,626 1,609,642


Human Resources (FTEs)
2015—16
Planned
2015—16
Actual
2015—16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
165 191 26

Please refer to Appendix I for performance summary details and an explanation of financial variance.

Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Decision making is informed by professional, non-partisan advice provided. Advice to the Prime Minister and portfolio ministers is provided in a timely manner. Targets are not applicable. Timely, in-depth advice and analysis were provided by PCO to the Prime Minister and portfolio ministers within expected timeframes to enable decision making.
The Prime Minister and portfolio ministers are provided with timely support to enable decision making.

In 2015-16, PCO supported:

  • The development and delivery of Budget 2015 (April 2015).
  • The launch of Cabinet for the newly elected government (November 2015).
  • The development and delivery of the Speech from the Throne (December 2015).
  • The development and delivery of Budget 2016 (March 2016).
  • Number of Governor-in-Council appointments
There were 403 Governor-in-Council appointments made in 2015—16. Notable examples include: the Presidents of the Business Development Bank of Canada and of Polar Knowledge Canada, the Chief of the Defence Staff, the Chairpersons of the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, and the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada. PCO coordinated and managed an inventory of 79 selection and recruitment processes for Governor-in-Council appointments in 2015-16. All selection processes were halted once the federal election was called on August 2, 2015.

Sub-Program 1.1.2: International affairs and national security

Description

PCO provides advice and support to the Prime Minister on matters related to: security and intelligence; foreign and defence policy; Canada-U.S. relations; international trade; development assistance; terrorism, cyber security and emergency management; as well as international humanitarian aid and disaster relief. With respect to these subject areas, PCO coordinates advice and activities across relevant government departments and agencies. It also produces intelligence assessments of major international developments and trends in political, economic and security fields.

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

Canada’s International Agenda and Trade

Over the course of 2015—16, PCO supported the participation of two prime ministers in bilateral and multilateral fora, summits and meetings that were essential to advancing the distinctive international agendas of each consecutive government. Such meetings between a prime minister and heads of state and government, whether at international events or at events hosted in Canada, required preparatory briefings. In 2015—16, PCO delivered over 100 such briefings to the Prime Minister in advance of international events and meetings.

PCO briefed and supported the 22nd Prime Minister in his participation at such international engagements as: the Summit of the Americas in Panama; the G7 Summit in Germany and the 70th Anniversary of Liberation in the Netherlands. Such international gatherings included numerous bilateral meetings with global counterparts, including the United States and Cuba. In all official travels abroad, the Prime Minister was supported by PCO in meetings with world leaders, including Panama, Ukraine, Poland and Israel. As well, the Prime Minister was supported by PCO in meetings with visiting leaders from India, Jordan, and the Philippines. PCO also delivered support to the Prime Minister to meet with the Pope in Vatican City, and the Aga Khan in Canada.

The 23rd Prime Minister was briefed and supported by PCO in advance of, and during such international engagements as: the G20 Summit in Turkey; the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in the Philippines; the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta; the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris; the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland; and the Nuclear Security Summit in the United States. In addition, the Prime Minister was supported by PCO in his meetings with such world leaders and heads of state/government as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the President of France, the President of the United States, the President of Argentina, the President of China, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

International engagements advanced policy directions, including the Government’s commitment to the Framework Agreement on Climate Change. In addition, relationships between Canada and countries around the globe were strengthened. PCO successfully attuned its advice and support to the Government to advance new priorities, for example, in discussions with the Secretary-General of the United Nations on expanding collaboration between the United Nations and Canada, and Canada’s candidacy on the United Nations Security Council. Throughout 2015—16, PCO provided ongoing support to policy development processes related to balancing investment and security considerations to achieve economic stability and prosperity.

PCO also provided support and advice to advance the Government’s international trade agenda, including on related consultations, negotiations, and management of trade issues. In 2015—16, PCO provided support and advice to help facilitate the conclusion of negotiations on a number of trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which is a trade agreement signed by twelve Pacific Rim countries, the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, the modernization of the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement, and the completion of the legal review of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. PCO also supported efforts to consult on, prepare for and engage in negotiations for a new agreement on softwood lumber with the United States.  Lastly, PCO provided strategic advice and support that contributed to the successful leveraging of a trade ruling by the World Trade Organization in Canada’s favour in December 2015 and the repeal of the United States’ Country-of-Origin Labeling law affecting Canadian exports.

Security Intelligence and Coordination

PCO worked closely with Canadian and allied partners in order to provide high-quality analysis and advice on security and intelligence coordination issues. PCO’s support in 2015—16 helped the government advance its agenda and safeguard Canada’s security and stability.

Bilateral and multilateral international engagements included discussions on such topics as security priorities and international commitments. Advice and support provided by PCO in this regard resulted in the announcement of new approaches to the ongoing crises in Iraq and Syria, including the re-settlement of Syrian refugees in Canada. PCO also provided advice and support to the Government on the development of national security policy, legislation, programs and tools. This was accomplished with a view to enhancing the government’s ability to counter current and emerging threats, and included supporting efforts to detect and protect Canadians and the Canadian economy against cyber threats, listing terrorist entities, and enhancing border security, as well as providing advice on the most sensitive intelligence policy and coordination issues.

Advice and support from PCO supported the promotion of enhanced trade and security cooperation between Canada and the United States. PCO provided advice and support to the Prime Minister and to Cabinet on border-related initiatives, including through the transition of government and in advance of the Prime Minister’s official visit to Washington, D.C., in March 2016. Other examples of the advice and support rendered by PCO in 2015—16 included:

  • Coordinating and overseeing the implementation of existing border-related commitments, within the Government of Canada and with U.S. counterparts;
  • Negotiating the pre-clearance of travellers agreement with the U.S.;
  • Maintaining regular engagement with key stakeholders; and
  • Contributing to the Public Safety-led Horizontal Reporting process.

PCO delivered advice and support to advance work on regulatory cooperation throughout the year. This included: the oversight and central leadership for the development and implementation of departmental technical work plans covering 22 broad commitments; considerable stakeholder engagement on regulatory cooperation between Canada and the US; and the initiation of work on horizontal policy enablers to facilitate regulatory cooperation.

In 2015—16, key initiatives in support of national security advanced through the crucial advice delivered to the Government and through collaboration with stakeholders. Such advice was mindful of accountability and transparency principles in an effort to foster public confidence. Other initiatives that advanced are the Cyber Review, the National Security Consultations and the creation of a national security and intelligence committee of parliamentarians. PCO also briefed and advised the incoming Prime Minister on key initiatives with significant security and intelligence implications, including Operation IMPACT, Canada’s contribution to efforts against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in November 2015. As well, PCO delivered support and advice on pressing intelligence issues, as well as issues related to the Investment Canada Act.

PCO strives constantly to foster strong working relationships with organizations within the Canadian and allied intelligence communities to increase information sharing and to enhance collaborative efforts. This includes coordinating Canada’s security and intelligence community to ensure that national intelligence priorities are clearly articulated and supported effectively. In 2015—16, this included initiatives to ensure the intelligence community was responsive and agile, particularly as priorities shifted with the change of government. Other relationship-building measures included the National Intelligence Assessment process, a cross-cutting government initiative that also includes Canada’s “five-eyes allies”. Across government, intelligence analysts continued to benefit from Interdepartmental Experts Groups (IEGs) to enhance products and cooperation. IEGs have included academia and experts from Canadian missions and allies. PCO continued to host conferences and seminars drawing on government-wide expertise and from allies and other experts.

PCO supported the overall coordination of the national security community, including the Parliamentary Precinct, to ensure situational awareness on emerging national security issues. PCO assisted in coordinating federal departments and other partners to support Canada’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis in 2015—16. Timely advice was provided on emerging developments in the Middle East, including in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen. PCO provided advice and support to the Government on the management of emergencies, including critical incidents abroad, such as the Paris attacks in November 2015, the monitoring and coordination of response and support to provinces and territories, as well as security for major events in Canada.

Coordinated efforts at PCO in 2015—16 produced daily and weekly intelligence briefs that resulted in timely and rapid updates to the Prime Minister on hot international topics in the media and on the intelligence received from Canadian partners and allies. PCO also disseminated special editions of briefs which focused on issues of particular concern. PCO also produced subject-specific written assessments, and provided weekly oral briefings to key stakeholders in support of the Prime Minister.

National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians

In 2015-16, PCO worked closely with the security and intelligence community, as well as review bodies, in order to provide high-quality analysis and advice on the creation of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians (NSICOP). As a statutory committee of parliamentarians, NSICOP will review and scrutinize all government departments and agencies with national security and intelligence responsibilities and will have special access to classified information. PCO delivered advice on the nature, attributes and mandate of the committee, as well as on the security aspects surrounding the creation of the committee.

PCO briefed and supported the Government House Leader in advancing this Government priority. The advice provided balanced accountability and transparency principles against the protection of national security information.

Please Note: The above examples of PCO’s performance and achievements during the 2015—16 fiscal year are meant to be read in conjunction with the department’s 2015—16 Departmental Performance Report.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015–16
Planned Spending
2015–16
Actual Spending
2015-16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
12,193,285 11,239,002 (954,283)

Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16
Planned
2015–16
Actual
2015–16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
90 88 (2)

Please refer to Appendix I for performance summary details and an explanation of financial variance.

Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Decision making is informed by professional, non-partisan advice provided. The Prime Minister and portfolio ministers are provided with timely support to enable decision making. Targets are not applicable. PCO provided timely support to the Prime Minister and portfolio ministers to enable decision making. This included: reinforced support to a new Prime Minister during the first 100 days of a new mandate (transition period), as well as ongoing environmental analysis and issue management support to identify emerging issues.

PCO provided advice and support on the management of emergencies, including critical incidents abroad, such as the Paris attacks in November 2015, as well as the monitoring and coordination of response and support to provinces and territories.

PCO provided advice and support to the Prime Minister which facilitated the announcement of new approaches to the ongoing crises in Iraq and Syria, including the re-settlement of Syrian refugees in Canada.
The Prime Minister is provided with support for international engagements. PCO provided support to the Prime Minister on eight incoming bilateral visits with world leaders and ten visits abroad in 2015—16.

PCO briefed and supported the 22nd and 23rd prime ministers in advance of participation at international engagements, including, but not limited to, the Summit of the Americas in Panama; the G7 Summit in Germany, the G20 Summit in Turkey; the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting in the Philippines; the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris; and the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

Sub-Program 1.1.3: Intergovernmental Affairs

Description

PCO provides advice and support to the Prime Minister as the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairsii on engagement with provinces and territories, the management of the federation and strengthening national unity. In support of the development and implementation of the Government’s agenda and priorities, PCO provides the intergovernmental lens on policy and program initiatives.

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

In 2015—16, PCO provided advice and information to the Prime Minister / Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in support of bilateral meetings and correspondence with provincial/territorial counterparts, to advance government priorities, maintain effective collaborative relationships and support effective management of intergovernmental issues. Throughout 2015—16, PCO monitored, gathered intelligence and provided advice to support federal-provincial/territorial approaches and strategies on a range of economic, fiscal, social and environmental files involving engagement with provincial/territorial governments.

Strategic analysis and advice were provided by PCO to the 23rd Prime Minister and transition team regarding the Government’s approach to engaging with provinces/territories and managing the federation. PCO delivered advice and support to the Prime Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Intergovernmental Affairs) in support of their engagement and bilateral meetings with municipalities. Policy advice provided by PCO helped initiate the development of a Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

PCO organized and provided advice for the November 23, 2015, informal First Ministers’ Meeting (FMM) during which First Ministers discussed the importance of leadership and collaboration on Canada’s strategy to fight climate change in advance of the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (COP21), and support for the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

PCO also organized and provided policy advice for the March 3, 2016, FMM during which First Ministers discussed the economy and actions to address climate change and agreed on immediate work to support growth and create new jobs. First Ministers endorsed the Vancouver Declaration on Clean Growth and Climate Change, establishing a process to develop a pan-Canadian strategy on clean growth and climate change, which will be discussed at an FMM in the fall of 2016.

In addition, PCO provided advice and organized a meeting of federal, provincial/territorial Clerks and Cabinet Secretaries on public sector management issues on July 14—15, 2015, in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Throughout 2015—16, PCO provided advice and support to the Prime Minister / Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs on key federal-provincial/territorial agreements, including the Agreement on Internal Trade and the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Finally, PCO supported the Prime Minister in his meetings with Indigenous leaders from national organizations in the context of the Government’s commitment to engage with Indigenous peoples on a nation-to-nation basis. PCO also supported the Prime Minister in his attendance at the closing events of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in December 2015.

Please Note: The above examples of PCO’s performance and achievements during the 2015—16 fiscal year are meant to be read in conjunction with the department’s 2015—16 Departmental Performance Report.Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015–16
Planned Spending
2015–16
Actual Spending
2015-16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
3,891,551 3,121,994 (769,557)

Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16
Planned
2015–16
Actual
2015–16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
24 23 (1)

Please refer to Appendix I for performance summary details and an explanation of financial variance.

Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Decision making is informed by professional, non-partisan advice provided. The Prime Minister and portfolio ministers are provided with timely support for federal-provincial/territorial meetings and calls. Targets are not applicable. PCO supported 35 meetings and calls between the Prime Minister / Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and provincial/territorial counterparts.

PCO also supported 10 meetings and calls between the Clerk and provincial/territorial counterparts.

PCO provided more than 80 briefing notes related to the management of intergovernmental relations to the Prime Minister/ Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and the PMO.

Sub-Program 1.1.4: Legislation, parliamentary issues and democratic reform

Description

PCO provides advice and support on the development, coordination and implementation of the Government’s legislative and parliamentary programs and democratic reform agenda to the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, and the Minister of Democratic Institutions.iii PCO supports the participation of these portfolio ministers in Cabinet committees and parliamentary activities. PCO supports and coordinates the government-wide process of Parliamentary Returns. In addition, administrative support is provided to the Minister of State and Chief Government Whip.iv

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

PCO provided professional, non-partisan advice and support to the Prime Minister and portfolio ministers on the management of the Government’s parliamentary and legislative programs. During 2015-16, 28 government bills were introduced: this included 17 in the Second Session of the 41st Parliament and 11 in the First Session of the 42nd Parliament. During 2015-16, 24 government bills received Royal Assent. PCO also provided advice and support for the coordination of 18 Government Response to parliamentary committee reports, the Government positions on 15 Senate Public Bills, and the Government positions on 8 Private Members’ Bills and 5 Private Members’ Motions. PCO also provided advice and support for the coordination of the tabling of returns (e.g., petitions, written questions) in Parliament.

In collaboration with the House of Commons, which has created a new process for filing of electronic petitions (e-petitions), PCO created a system for responding to e-petitions, which was successfully launched in December 2015 for the 42nd Parliament.

PCO provided non-partisan policy and legal advice and support to the Prime Minister, the Minister of Democratic Institutions and the Government House Leader in moving forward the Government’s agenda for the reform of democratic institutions. This included extensive support in the establishment of a new, non-partisan process for Senate appointments which served as an important element in launching the first step in the reform of democratic institutions under the recently elected government.

Timely and high quality advice provided by PCO to the 22nd and 23rd prime ministers, the government House leaders and Minister for Democratic Reform / Minister of Democratic Institutions covered such policy issues as electoral reform and reform of the Senate. PCO worked with the Department of Justice on litigation on voter identification, as well as voting by non-resident electors.

PCO supported the 22nd Prime Minister and Minister for Democratic Reform on the legislative consideration of amendments to the Canada Elections Act, introduced during the 41st Parliament. Advice and support from PCO continued on this subject under the new government to the Minister of Democratic Institutions.

Please Note: The above examples of PCO’s performance and achievements during the 2015-16 fiscal year are meant to be read in conjunction with the department’s 2015-16 Departmental Performance Report.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015–16
Planned Spending
2015–16
Actual Spending
2015-16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
3,500,876 3,363,011 (137,865)

Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16
Planned
2015–16
Actual
2015–16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
26 25 (1)

Please refer to Appendix I for performance summary details and an explanation of financial variance.

Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Decision making is informed by professional, non-partisan advice provided. The Prime Minister and portfolio ministers are provided with timely support to enable decision making. Targets are not applicable. Timely support was provided by PCO to the 22nd and 23rd prime ministers and to their respective portfolio ministers to enable decision making throughout 2015-16, and enable the achievement of the legislative agendas of each government.
PCO’s advice enables the Government to achieve its legislative agenda.  
  • Number of bills introduced and passed
  • 29 government bills were introduced in 2015-16, and 24 government bills received Royal Assent.
  • Number of Parliamentary Returns managed
  • 1,274 Parliamentary Returns in total were managed across all government organizations.

Sub-Program 1.1.5: Offices of the Prime Minister and portfolio ministers

Description

The PMO and the offices of portfolio ministers have the budgets to carry out their operations. PCO also provides telecommunications and audio-visual support, as well as technical support for the Prime Minister during his domestic and international visits. Furthermore, PCO’s Executive Correspondence Services manage both inbound and outbound correspondence for the PMO and the offices of portfolio ministers.

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

In 2015-16, the transition of government required that PCO maintain a high level of advice and support with respect to policies on such matters as human resources, information and technology management, accommodations and security. During the period of transition, from October 2015 onwards, demands for service from PCO escalated and delivery of advice and support were intensified to ensure successful entry of one government and exit of another. All areas of PCO collaborated closely to coordinate support for the incoming Minister of Democratic Institutions and the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. PCO also provided additional support by temporarily assigning staff to provide support to ministers of the new government.

PCO provided support to the PMO on key issues as they arose and ensured that it received appropriate information, resources, and support services in a timely manner. PCO also provided media monitoring and analysis and undertook media relations in support of PMO/PCO priorities.

PCO continued to provide timely and effective management of the inbound and outbound correspondence for the PMO, the offices of portfolio ministers and PCO during 2015-16. For example, PCO’s Executive Correspondence Services processed 1,719,414 pieces of incoming correspondence, supplied 79,103 pieces of outbound responses, and managed 12,729 phone calls. For more information, please refer to the Summary of Executive Correspondence Services Activities in 2015-16 in Appendix II.v

Please Note: The above examples of PCO’s performance and achievements during the 2015-16 fiscal year are meant to be read in conjunction with the department’s 2015-16 Departmental Performance Report.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015–16
Planned Spending
2015–16
Actual Spending
2015-16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
3,500,876 3,363,011 (137,865)

Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16
Planned
2015–16
Actual
2015–16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
26 25 (1)

Please refer to Appendix I for performance summary details and an explanation of financial variance.

Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
The PMO and the offices of portfolio ministers are adequately resourced. The PMO and the offices of portfolio ministers receive appropriate resources in a timely manner. Targets are not applicable. PCO delivered timely and appropriate resources to the PMO and the offices of portfolio ministers.
The PMO and the offices of portfolio ministers receive the necessary services in a timely manner. The PMO and the offices of portfolio ministers received the highest priority level and calibre of services, including for all informatics and technology requirements.
  • Number of pieces of correspondence processed for the Prime Minister and for portfolio ministers (e.g., letters, emails, etc.)
  • In 2015-16, PCO’s Executive Correspondence Services processed 1,719,414 pieces of correspondence (i.e., paper mail and email) for the Prime Minister and portfolio ministers. The Executive Correspondence Services also sent 79,103 responses (i.e., letters and email). For more details, please refer to Appendix II.
  • Number of phone calls processed for the PMO
  • In 2015-16, PCO’s Executive Correspondence Services received and processed 12,729 phone calls transferred from the PMO.

Sub-Program 1.2.1: Operation of Cabinet committees

Description

PCO helps coordinate the operation of Cabinet and Cabinet committees, including assisting in agenda setting and meeting management and by providing secretarial support and expert advice to the Cabinet and the Chairs of Cabinet committees on the full range of issues and policies they address. PCO also prepares Orders in Council and other statutory instruments to give effect to Government decisions.

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

PCO imparted advice and supplied support on the priorities of Cabinet and Cabinet committees. Advice and support provided by PCO comprised the full spectrum of policy, legislative and government administration priorities, with a focus on implementation. PCO used its position of influence within government to advance priorities; PCO managed logistics and support of Cabinet and Cabinet committees.

To support Cabinet and Cabinet committees in 2015-16, PCO: managed the day-to-day activities; provided high-quality expert advice and analysis; provided guidance and a rigorous challenge function to departments; and mitigated operational risks. From scheduling Cabinet committee meetings to coordinating timely delivery of Cabinet documents to ministers, PCO established meeting environments that supported focused discussions by ministers on policy proposals. PCO coordinated and tracked the progress of all Memoranda to Cabinet and Cabinet documents related to the Government’s agenda. PCO ensured that policy and legislative proposals weighed horizontal and cross-cutting issues and were informed by appropriate strategies. PCO pursued ongoing collaboration with client departments and other central agencies. PCO delivered strategic thinking and analysis in its advice to departments, making horizontal linkages across the range of files. PCO effectively provided high-quality, expert advice and analysis to committee Chairs and ensured a robust spectrum of options for Cabinet consideration.

In addition to its secretariat function to support the work of Cabinet and Cabinet committees, PCO provided timely legal advice and litigation support on matters of Cabinet confidentiality. PCO did so in the context of legal proceedings and in response to requests under the access to information legislation and from agents of Parliament, including the Office of the Auditor General and the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

In 2015-16, PCO supported 109 meetings of Cabinet and Cabinet committees, including a Cabinet retreat in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick in January 2016.

In support of the government of the 22nd Prime Minister, PCO effectively supported 5 meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Priorities and Planning, 6 meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Operations and 4 meetings of full Cabinet as well as Cabinet retreats. PCO also supported 8 meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Prosperity, 5 meetings of the Ad Hoc Cabinet Committee on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, 6 meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Social Affairs and 6 meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Foreign Affairs and Security.

In addition, PCO effectively supported 6 meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (DI), all 10 meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Inclusive Growth, Opportunities and Innovation (IGOI), 4 meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Open and Transparent Government, 3 meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Environment, Climate Change and Energy (ECCE), 2 meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Intelligence and Emergency Management, 1 meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Agenda, Results and Communications, 6 meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Canada in the World and Public Security including one Canada-United States Relations, 4 meetings of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, 4 meetings of the Ad Hoc Cabinet Committee on Defence Procurement and 15 meetings of full Cabinet as well as Cabinet retreats following the swearing-in of the Government of the 23rd Prime Minister. Additionally, in 2015-16, PCO assisted in the creation of the Ad Hoc Committees on Refugees, which was given the important mandate to deliver on the Government’s commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February 2016, and supported 12 of its meetings. PCO coordinated efforts and tracked progress on the integrated plan to achieve this commitment.

Throughout 2015-16, PCO advised Cabinet and Cabinet committees and delivered ongoing strategic communications coordination for important government events and announcements. For example, PCO developed and tracked the consideration by Cabinet and implementation of the Government of Canada Advertising Plan for 2015-16.

Please Note: The above examples of PCO’s performance and achievements during the 2015-16 fiscal year are meant to be read in conjunction with the department’s 2015-16 Departmental Performance Report.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015–16
Planned Spending
2015–16
Actual Spending
2015-16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
8,851,411 8,050,710 (800,701)

Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16
Planned
2015–16
Actual
2015–16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
70 68 (2)

Please refer to Appendix I for performance summary details and an explanation of financial variance.

Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Cabinet and its committees are provided with the support required for decision making. Cabinet and Cabinet committees are provided with timely support to enable decision making. Targets are not applicable. PCO coordinated Cabinet documents and materials, and protected the integrity of the Cabinet decision-making process by ensuring confidentiality and by recording decisions of Cabinet committees.
  • Cabinet documents are distributed in a timely and secure manner to ministers.
  • PCO successfully managed the timely and secure distribution and accountability of all Cabinet documents to ministers in 2015-16.
  • Number of Orders in Council
  • 1,119 Orders in Council were approved for the period of April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.

Sub-Program 1.2.2: Integration across the federal government

Description

PCO supports effective policy integration across the federal government so that policy, legislative and government administration proposals take into account the full range of departmental perspectives and issues related to implementation, such as communications, parliamentary affairs, intergovernmental relations and budget impacts. PCO coordinates the management of deputy minister-level meetings and provides expert advice to the Clerk of the Privy Council on a broad range of policy issues. PCO also supports the implementation of the Government’s priorities in Parliament by providing advice and operational support for the introduction and progression of legislative initiatives, with a particular emphasis on priority bills.

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

PCO provided guidance to departments across the federal government to advance policy, legislative and government administration proposals. Government-wide, PCO maintained a rigorous challenge function, monitored intersecting issues, coordinated communications in support of government priorities, and ensured that timely, high-quality information, focused on addressing priority areas, was delivered to each prime minister and his government throughout 2015-16. PCO’s leadership and guidance to federal departments advanced each government’s priorities on a number of horizontal and cross-cutting issues, including mandate commitments to grow the middle class (through middle class tax cuts and the Canada Child Benefit), invest in infrastructure, make continued progress on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and advance a communications and consultation approach to the Canada Transportation Act Report.

PCO directed and enhanced policy development and coordination between departments and agencies, and ensured that policy proposals treated related parallel issues appropriately. PCO supported effective policy integration across the government to ensure that policy and legislative proposals considered the full range of departmental perspectives and issues related to implementation, such as communications, parliamentary affairs, intergovernmental relations and budget impacts. This is exemplified by the case of the complex, horizontal issue of medical assistance in dying and the coordination of medium-term planning and transition briefing material for the new Prime Minister on whole-of-government priorities.

To achieve government-wide coordination and monitoring of progress on priority areas identified by the Government, PCO tracked key deliverables. As well, PCO provided departments and agencies with tools, guidance and learning activities on implementing an outcome-focused approach, to facilitate their work in relation to advancing the Government’s proposals and priorities in this regard.

PCO provided advice and support, including setting direction to deputy minister-level meetings that fostered greater policy integration across the federal government. Meetings of this community contributed to the successful coordination of work across departments. In 2015-16, PCO supported a number of meetings for this community, including: the Deputy Ministers’ Breakfast meetings; the Coordinating Committee of Deputy Ministers; the Board of Management and Renewal; several priority area deputy minister-level committees (e.g., Economic Trends and Policies) and various topic-specific ad hoc meetings of deputy ministers (e.g., Internet, Privacy and Procurement). The October 2015 federal election prompted relatively intense deputy minister committee engagement related to medium-term planning exercises.

In 2015-16, progress was achieved on policy development practices through collaboration between deputy minister-level committees and the Innovation Hub. Examples of initiatives realized in 2015-16 through partnership between the Innovation Hub and the deputy ministers’ Committee on Policy Innovation include: a policy innovation playbook; the launch of a government-wide mobile app challenge providing advice on the sharing economy; development of an open-policy-making framework and exploration of new social financing approaches. In addition, the PCO Media Centre provided the platform tracker database on publicly announced commitments of political parties in the months leading up to, and during the federal electoral campaign, from which all departments and agencies drew their respective analyses.

Please Note: The above examples of PCO’s performance and achievements during the 2015-16 fiscal year are meant to be read in conjunction with the department’s 2015-16 Departmental Performance Report.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015–16
Planned Spending
2015–16
Actual Spending
2015-16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
5,070,151 5,287,515 217,364

Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16
Planned
2015–16
Actual
2015–16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
31 36 5

Please refer to Appendix I for performance summary details and an explanation of financial variance.

Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
The Government’s agenda is developed and implemented in a coordinated way. Deputy ministers are regularly informed of and engaged in the Government’s agenda and activities. Targets are not applicable. PCO supported deputy minister-level committees and events to inform and engage deputy ministers in the Government’s agenda and activities.
  • Number of deputy minister meetings and sessions
  • 102 deputy minister-level meetings and sessions were supported by PCO in 2015-16.

Sub-Program 1.3.1: Business transformation and Public Service renewal

Description

PCO supports government-wide initiatives to offer improved and more responsive services to Canadians, to enhance productivity in the Public Service and to find better ways of doing business. PCO provides strategic advice on whole-of-government transformation, Public Service renewal and other major management reforms. PCO also supports the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service, which provides independent advice to the Prime Minister on the status of the Public Service.

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

During the course of 2015-16, PCO guided and supported efforts to enhance productivity and to find better ways of doing business within the Public Service. PCO provided strategic advice on various proposals and initiatives relating to transformation and Public Service renewal, including working with central agencies to enable IT transformation initiatives and to advance work on back-office transformation and on the Government of Canada service strategy. In so doing, PCO contributed to sound government administration and supported improved and more responsive services to Canadians.

PCO provided the Prime Minister and the Clerk with timely and strategic advice on Public Service renewal and business transformation through written and verbal briefings informed by research on best practices and current developments. In 2015-16, PCO supported two meetings of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service. The Committee did not meet through the election and transition period.

The Clerk of the Privy Council leads the commitment to a Public Service that is efficient, modern and high-performing. In 2015-16, PCO supported the Clerk in this role by providing advice on Public Service management issues ranging from people management to enterprise-wide services and solutions (e.g., the new curriculum of the Canada School of Public Service, and encouraging employees to complete the Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) training). In addition, PCO provided ongoing support to the communications program of the Clerk and the Deputy Clerk to engage public servants on Blueprint 2020 and workplace wellness.

PCO identified and supported various whole-of-government proposals to improve efficiency and effectiveness and position the Public Service for the future, including:

  • The findings and proposals of the Internal Red Tape Reduction Tiger Team and Blueprint 2020 Engagement Champions across government;
  • Efficient information technology infrastructure, including supporting the transformation of Shared Services Canada and whole-of-government culture; and
  • Coordinated approaches to people management and learning.

The Board of Management and Renewal was supported by PCO in its deliberations on many issues, including: process, structures, and government-wide renewal initiatives.

PCO also supported the Clerk of the Privy Council and the Deputy Clerk in advancing the Blueprint 2020 vision for the Public Service at PCO. Initiatives undertaken in the department included delivering expert advice on the Mentoring and 360° Feedback pilots.

The Innovation Hub provided strategic research and advice to departments on approaches to more effectively engage citizens through digital and online platforms. The Hub also organized the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Clerks and Cabinet Secretaries conference on Policy Innovation. PCO collaborated with the Canada School of Public Service to hold armchair discussions for public servants on behavioural insights and design, and offer them customized skills-building training.

PCO supported the Clerk and the Deputy Clerk in their engagement activities with public servants at all levels, including through speeches at: the Blueprint 2020 Interdepartmental Innovation Fair; the Association of Public Executives (APEX) 2015 Symposium; the Chief Information Officers (CIO) Summit 2015; the Public Service Awards of Excellence; the 67th Institution of Public Administration Canada (IPAC) National Annual Conference; the APEX Induction Ceremony; the 2016 Assistant Deputy Ministers’ (ADM) Forum.

The Clerk and the Deputy Clerk were supported by PCO in 2015-16 in outreach activities, including meetings with: the Global Government Summit; the OECD; prominent Canadians such as Clara Hughes on mental health; the Regional Federal Councils; the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference board; and the Clerk’s Mental Health Advisory Group.

Notably, in 2015-16, the Blueprint 2020 National Secretariat became part of PCO to leverage dedicated capacity to engage public servants in renewal efforts.

PCO supported the Clerk of the Privy Council and the Deputy Clerk at the Federal-Provincial/Territorial Clerks and Cabinet Secretaries’ table.

Please Note: The above examples of PCO’s performance and achievements during the 2015-16 fiscal year are meant to be read in conjunction with the department’s 2015-16 Departmental Performance Report.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015–16
Planned Spending
2015–16
Actual Spending
2015-16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
3,401,092 2,482,285 (918,807)

Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16
Planned
2015–16
Actual
2015–16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
19 22 3

Please refer to Appendix I for performance summary details and an explanation of financial variance.

Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
The Prime Minister and the Clerk of the Privy Council are provided with the support required to lead the Public Service renewal and business transformation agendas. The Public Service and its leaders are provided with advice and support. Targets are not applicable. PCO supported and advised the Board of Management and Renewal, including the Sub-Committee on Public Service Engagement and Workplace Culture.

For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, PCO supported and delivered:
  • Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service’s report
  • Clerk’s Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada
  • Number of Clerk and Deputy Clerk outreach activities on business transformation and Public Service renewal
The Prime Minister and the Clerk are provided with advice on Public Service renewal and business transformation. PCO provided the Prime Minister and the Clerk with timely and strategic advice on Public Service renewal and business transformation.
Number of meetings of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service
  • PCO supported 2 meetings of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service. Subsequent meetings were postponed during the transition period following the federal election.

Sub-Program 1.3.2: Management of senior leaders

Description

PCO provides advice and support to the Prime Minister and the Clerk of the Privy Council on the human resources management of senior leaders, in order to foster a Public Service with the capacity and talent needed to deliver the Government’s agenda. As part of this work, PCO supports the development of senior leaders; undertakes succession planning; implements the performance and talent management programs; and supports the Deputy Minister Committee of Senior Officials.

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

PCO supported the Prime Minister and the Clerk of the Privy Council in the management of senior leaders to ensure the Public Service maintained its capacity to effectively support the Government and its agenda.

In 2015-16, there were 9 shuffles and 31 appointments to the senior ranks of the Public Service; these included the Clerk of the Privy Council and the Deputy Clerk. In support of the learning and development of this community, PCO oversaw the development and completion of orientation programs for new members of the senior ranks, and actively participated in the delivery of these sessions with the Canada School of Public Service. PCO also administered a one-on-one orientation program to provide personalized briefings to senior leaders, in partnership with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

PCO supported the timely completion of the Performance Management Program for all eligible Governor-in-Council appointees in 2015-16. PCO also supported the completion of the Talent Management Program for both assistant and associate deputy ministers during 2015-16. Designed to assess the potential of individuals for suitability for future appointments, the Program served to minimize vacancies in senior leader positions and assess the performance of leaders in order to identify opportunities for improvement. The Program includes review meetings held by the Committee of Senior Officials, which functions as the human resources committee for the senior executive cadre of the Public Service, resulting in a solid understanding of the issues related to succession planning and talent management in the senior ranks.

PCO supported the Clerk of the Privy Council in selecting the membership of all deputy minister-level committees. PCO also acted as the secretariat for the Committee of Senior Officials.

Please Note: The above examples of PCO’s performance and achievements during the 2015-16 fiscal year are meant to be read in conjunction with the department’s 2015-16 Departmental Performance Report.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)
2015–16
Planned Spending
2015–16
Actual Spending
2015-16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
1,007,219 934,928 (72,291)

Human Resources (FTEs)
2015–16
Planned
2015–16
Actual
2015–16
Difference
(actual minus planned)
7 6 1

Please refer to Appendix I for performance summary details and an explanation of financial variance.

Performance Results
Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Effective programs and mechanisms are in place for the development of future leaders of the Public Service and to develop and manage Governor- in-Council appointees. Successful completion of the annual Performance Management Program for Governor-in-Council appointees. Targets are not applicable. All eligible appointees were evaluated under the Performance Management Program for Governor-in-Council appointees in 2015-16.
Successful completion of the Talent Management Program for assistant deputy ministers and associate deputy ministers. All assistant deputy ministers and associate deputy ministers completed their Talent Management Program for 2015-16.
Successful development and implementation of the necessary orientation and training programs for Governor-in-Council appointees. An orientation program, overseen by PCO, was implemented by the Canada School of Public Service during 2015-16. PCO also administered one-on-one orientation and provided personalized briefings to senior leaders, in partnership with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

Endnotes

  1. The document, Open and Accountable Government is available on the Prime Minister’s website: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/11/27/open-and-accountable-government
  2. The 23rd Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau is the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.
  3. Title changes: Minister Democratic Reform, effective February 9, 2015; and Minister of Democratic Institutions, effective November 4, 2015.
  4. Under the Government of the 23rd Prime Minister, the Chief Government Whip is not a Minister, therefore is not supported by PCO.
  5. Appendix II Summary of Executive Correspondence Services Activities in 2015-16, is available on PCO’s website: http://www.pco-bcp.gc.ca/index.asp?lang=eng&page=information&sub=publications&doc=dpr-rmr/2015-2016/supp/ann2-eng.htm
  6. The Report of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service is available on the Clerk’s website: http://www.clerk.gc.ca/eng/feature.asp?pageId=434#annb
  7. The Twenty-Third Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada is available on the Clerk’s website: http://www.clerk.gc.ca/eng/feature.asp?pageId=431