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National Public Service Week

June 14 – 20, 2015
Permanent Theme: Proudly Serving Canadians

Federal public servants deliver a wide range of programs and services that support the work of the Government and the needs of Canadians in their day-to-day lives. The Government of Canada would not function without the commitment of the individuals who make up the public service.

National Public Service Week Guide

National Public Service Week (NPSW) was created in 1992, following the passage of the National Public Service Week: Serving Canadians Better Act. Its objective is "to recognize the value of the services rendered by federal public service employees, [and to] acknowledge the contribution of federal public service employees to the federal administration." NPSW was designed to promote pride in and recognition of the Public Service of Canada by providing internal recognition, and by raising Canadians' awareness of the excellence of the public service. Over the years, NPSW has become a truly national campaign that respects and reflects the diversity of the Public Service of Canada and the country itself. It is an opportune time to be creative and inclusive, to raise pride in our community and to develop partnerships with other communities. We are positive that, with your hard work and enthusiasm, NPSW 2015 will prove to be as successful as it has been in previous years.

As per the Act, throughout Canada, and in each and every year, the third week of the month of June is now known as "National Public Service Week" with the period ending the third Saturday of the month and beginning the previous Sunday. In 2015, NPSW will take place from June 14 to 20, 2015.

This guide has been developed to assist you and your volunteers in planning and organizing your events. It details the national-level planning process, the promotional material available to you and the steps involved in planning major events. It also includes information on leading practices and tips for success.


Funding for events is provided from departmental budgtributions to regional federal councils, are now funded centrally by departments.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Awards and Recognition Team, OCHRO – Our Role

The Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO) is the national coordinator of NPSW. In this capacity, the Awards and Recognition Team develops a national communications strategy, including corporate messages for use by departments and agencies.

The Awards and Recognition Team is available to help you at any time. In fact, the success of NPSW is dependent on our solid partnership.

National Departmental Coordinators – Your Role

Each department and agency is responsible for appointing its own coordinator to organize its departmental activities.

The NPSW coordinator is key to the success of the Week. It is the coordinator's responsibility to coordinate events that align with his or her organization's business lines.

Promotional Materials

Promotional materials for National Public Service Week, as well as graphic identifiers and web buttons, are available in downloadable versions below. Since 2013, the permanent theme of National Public Service Week is "Proudly Serving Canadians"; therefore, these materials are suitable for re-use from one year to the next. All material is bilingual.

National Public Service Week poster


This generic poster can be used as a pop-up on computer screens or printed and displayed in high-traffic areas in your building. Minimal printing is encouraged.

National Public Service Week certificate

Recognition Certificates

Bilingual recognition certificates can be used to thank volunteers for their participation in an event or to thank a colleague, employee or a superior for his or her work, collaboration or team work.

National Public Service Week logo

Graphic Identifier

Use the official graphic identifier for National Public Service Week for all your promotional events.

National Public Service Week button

Web Button

Post a web button for National Public Service Week on your departmental intranets.

Ideas for Success

Coordinators are encouraged to visit the NPSW page on GCpedia (accessible to Government of Canada employees only) for practical suggestions and ideas on events for the week. Here, you may also share your ideas and best practices with others.

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