The Employee Innovation Program is a pilot initiative, which aims to find creative and practical ideas that lead to tangible savings and improved services to Canadians. The goal of the Employee Innovation Program is to encourage employees to identify savings and more efficient ways, within their organization, to deliver services to Canadians.
It is important to engage employees in reducing costs and improving services. After all, they know the business best. This program will act as an incentive for employees to come forward with innovative ideas, allowing us to improve the way we work and be more efficient.
Departments and agencies can recognize their employees for outstanding contributions. The Employee Innovation Program will allow us to focus on creative and practical ideas that lead to tangible savings for Canadian taxpayers as well as increased efficiencies.
Yes. The cash award forms part of the recipient's remuneration and is therefore taxable as income in the year that the cash award is received.
Yes. Members of a team will receive equal portions of the award, which will consist of 10% of the savings measured in the first year of implementation, with a maximum of $10,000.
The program allows for recognition awards to be given instead of a monetary award where cost savings cannot be measured. It will be up to each organization to include this in their program.
Organizations participating in the pilot will be responsible for administering their own program, including setting up eligibility and selection criteria, establishing a selection committee and evaluating proposals submitted by its employees. The proposals will be evaluated based on practicality, innovation and creativity.
Significant improvements to a government program or an internal service must be noted, and tangible benefits must be observed in order to receive the award.
The award will be given six months after the successful implementation of the proposal. The award will consist of 10% of the savings measured in the first year of implementation, with a maximum of $10,000.
Awards will be paid by the employee's respective department or agency. The awards will come from savings observed in an organization.
The following organizations are part of the pilot program, but other organizations may join as well:
The pilot is expected to run for two years, and will be expanded to the entire Public Service if it is considered to be a success.
Employees who receive the award will be recognized during the Public Service Award of Excellence ceremony, which takes place during National Public Service Week in June of every year.
Proposals aiming to eliminate individuals or teams, groups or activities will not be considered.
Other proposals that will not be considered include those that involve:
To get started, employees in participating organizations should contact the Employee Innovation Program Coordinator within their organization.
Employees may contact their Awards and Recognition Coordinator to see if a similar program exists in their organization.
Proposals that require government-wide application should be provided to the employee's organization. The organization should then consider whether piloting the approach internally is feasible, rather than applying the proposal government-wide. In some instances, the department may want to discuss the proposal with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat or with departments that may have overarching responsibility for the issue.
Employees in participating organizations can contact the Employee Innovation Program Coordinator within their organization.
Employees in other departments may wish to speak with their organization's Awards and Recognition Coordinator.
Members of the public may wish to contact the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Public Enquiries.