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Glossary - Subject: Governance

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accountability / reddition de comptes
Accountability is the obligation to demonstrate and take responsibility for performance in light of commitments and expected outcomes.
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada

act / loi
Legal text voted by Parliament and enacted by the Queen's representative in Canada, the Governor General.
Source: Glossary - Canada Gazette

asset / atout
An asset is an entity, quality, or condition of value that provides an advantage and serves as a resource to achieve desired results and outcomes. Assets may have a widely recognized financial value (e.g. book value), an estimated financial value (e.g. cost savings, increased revenue), and/or a qualitative value (e.g. promotes trust and confidence).
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada

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best practice / pratique exemplaire
The documented strategies and tactics employed by organizations to define the most efficient, effective methods to evolve and utilize their revenue and business opportunities in the delivery of their services.
Source: BC Government Information Resource Management Glossary

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Chief Information Officer (CIO) / Dirigeant principal de l’information (DPI)
A Senior Manager who ensures the organization uses information management and information technology (IM/IT) efficiently, within government guidelines. Defines the IM/IT infrastructure for the organization.
Source: BC Government Information Resource Management Glossary

custody / garde
Custody is being entrusted with the immediate charge and control over a resource and guarding or protecting the resource on behalf of its owner or a higher authority. Government institutions are custodians of information owned by the crown and are accountable for managing information on behalf of the government. Government institutions are also custodians of non-government information in their possession and must manage this information in a manner that addresses and protects the rights of the owners.
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada
See also Subject(s): Conservation; Security

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Deputy Head / administrateur général
The Deputy Head is the head of a federal government institution accountable to the Minister and through the Minister to Parliament for all institution activities and for achievement of institution results.
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada

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Federal Government Institution / institution fédérale
In the context of the Framework for the Management of Information in the GoC a Federal Government Institution is defined as a statutory department, agency, or corporation as defined in Schedules I, I.1, and II of the Financial Administration Act (FAA).
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada

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governance / gouvernance
Governance is exercising authority to provide direction and to undertake, coordinate, and regulate activities in support of achieving this direction and desired outcomes.
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada

Governance and Accountability Model / Modèle de gouvernance et de reddition de comptes
A Governance and Accountability Model provides the relationship and process context for working together to ensure outcomes are achieved.
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada

government institution / institution gouvernementale
Any department or ministry of state of the Government of Canada listed in Schedule 1 or any body or office listed in Schedule 1[of the Access to Information Act].
Source: Access to Information Act
See also Subject(s): Information Management

guidelines / lignes directrices
Information, usually in the form of best practices, intended to help institutions carry out government policy efficiently and effectively. Guidelines are not mandatory with respect to the policy they support.
Source: Government Communications Policy

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Information Commissioner / Commissaire à l'information
An official appointed under the [Access to Information] Act who has the powers of an ombudsman.
Source: Access to Information and Privacy Guidelines
See also Subject(s): Access to Information

information management advisor / conseiller en gestion de l'information
Information Management Advisors have a broad knowledge of information management disciplines and provide guidance and support to program and staff functions on all aspects of managing the information resource.
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada
See also Subject(s): Information Management

information management specialist / spécialiste de la gestion de l'information
Information Management Specialists are experts in one or more of the information management disciplines that support the effective and efficient management of information.
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada
See also Subject(s): Information Management

information technology specialist / spécialiste de la technologie de l'information
Information Technology Specialists are information systems and technology infrastructure managers, experts, and technicians.
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada
See also Subject(s): Information Management

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managers / gestionnaire
Managers include program delivery managers and support function managers, at all levels in the institution, accountable for the direct delivery and support of programs and services within their domain of business responsibility.
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada

manual / manuel
Any set of directives, instructions, guidelines or procedures used by employees in administering or carrying out any operational programs or activities of a government institution.
Source: Access to Information and Privacy Guidelines

Minister of a Government Institution / Ministre d'une institution fédérale
The Minister of a government institution is the member of the Queen's Privy Council with designated authority and responsibility for all matters within the jurisdiction of the institution, not by law assigned to any other department, board, or agency. The Minister is accountable to the Prime Minister and to Parliament.
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada

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outcome / issue
An outcome is an event, occurrence or condition that occurs as a direct result of programs and activities.
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada

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policy / politique
Provides authoritative direction to government institutions on a given subject and determines the discretion for making decisions regarding that subject.
Source: Government Communications Policy

procedures / procédures
Support a policy by describing routine operations that institutions must carry out.
Source: Government Communications Policy

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regulations / règlement
Order to ensure the enforcement of an Act.
Source: Glossary - Canada Gazette

resource / ressource
A resource is source or supply that can be drawn on to support or fulfill a specific need or to handle a situation. Information is a resource that supports and enables business delivery, fulfills inquiry requests, and adds value to other products and services. Information is a strategic business resource when it is recognized and managed as a valuable business asset, independent of organizational boundaries, to address immediate needs, exploit opportunities to leverage it for business advantage, and enhance its value through knowledge creation and preservation.
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada

responsibility / responsabilité
A responsibility is something that one is required to do as part of a job, role or legal obligation.
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada

result / résultat
A result is the impact or effect of a program
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada

role / rôle
A role is a function performed by someone in a particular situation, process or operation
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada

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senior executive / cadre supérieur
The Senior Executive is an executive level resource designated by the senior manager of the institution to provide a portfolio-wide focus on the management of information
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada

stakeholder / intervenant
Stakeholders are individuals, groups or organizations that have an interest or share in an undertaking or relationship and its outcome - they may be affected by it, impact or influence it, and in some way be accountable for it
Source: Glossary – Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada

standard / norme
A level of attainment regarded as a measure of adequacy; requirements and guidelines approved for government-wide use.
Source: Policy for Public Key Infrastructure Management in the Government of Canada

statutory instrument / textes réglementaires
A regulation, order, commission or other instrument authorized by an Act of Parliament.
Source: Glossary - Canada Gazette

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