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Section II: Analysis of Program Activities by Strategic Outcome

Analysis by Program Activity

The Public Appointments Commission Secretariat has only one Strategic Outcome, described below, which in turn is supported by one Program Activity. The Strategic outcome supports the overall plan to strengthen accountability in government as outlined in the Federal Accountability Act.

Strategic Outcome:

To ensure fair and competency-based processes are in place for the recruitment and selection of qualified individuals for Governor-in-Council appointments across agencies, boards, commissions and Crown corporations.

Program Activity:

Oversight of the Governor-in-Council appointment.

Financial Resources (thousand of dollars)

Planned Spending Authorities Actual Spending
1,074 955 113

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

Planned Actual Difference
4 1 3

Although the Commission was not announced for this reporting period, the Secretariat ensured that its organization was well structured and prepared for the Commission’s establishment on short notice.

Work on laying the groundwork for the eventual Commission included research on international and domestic best practices respecting public appointment practices, developing options for a Code of Practice and associated guidance for agencies, boards, commissions and Crown corporations.  Additionally, the Secretariat developed prototypes for strategic appointment plans using minimum appointment standards, that could be adopted by public organizations within the Commission’s remit, ensuring that although the plans promoted rigorous selection processes, they still could provide for flexibility to accommodate the wide range of agencies, boards, commissions and Crown corporations, in terms of size and responsibilities.  This groundwork fully complements the ongoing work of the PCO in refining, streamlining and modernizing the Governor-in-Council appointment processes, following the principles set out for the Public Appointments Commission in the Federal Accountability Act.