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Backgrounder - Reduction of Governor in Council Positions

For immediate release
March 8, 2010

Ottawa – The Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today announced the reduction of 245 Governor in Council appointments across the Government of Canada.

"This Government is committed to ensuring that all federal organizations make the best possible use of the resources afforded them by Canadian taxpayers," said Minister Day. "The reduction of 245 positions from various federal organizations will not affect the delivery of government services in any way. Rather, it will better address the current workload of these organizations and streamline their efficiency in delivering service to Canadians."

In Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government committed to reducing the number of Governor in Council appointments as part of its plan to improve efficiency and governance across federal departments and agencies. A task force reviewed nearly 2,700 positions in over 200 federal organizations across 24 ministerial portfolios and recommended eliminating 245 positions.

A vast majority of these positions—close to 90 per cent, in fact—are currently vacant and have been for some time. In streamlining these organizations, the Government is ensuring its resources are put to the best possible use for Canadians.

"This is an important part of our commitment to overall restraint and prudent fiscal management. Wherever inefficiencies can be identified, we are acting to make sure Canadians have access to the best possible service from their federal government," said Minister Day.

Governor in Council appointees are individuals appointed by the Governor General, on the advice of the Cabinet, to fill positions on various federal boards of directors, agencies, commissions and tribunals.

Please refer to the attached backgrounder for the list of Governor in Council positions being eliminated.

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Mélisa Leclerc
Director of Communications
Office of the President of the Treasury Board
(613) 952-5051

Pierre-Alain Bujold
Media Relations
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
(613) 957-2640

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Backgrounder


Reduction of Governor in Council Positions

Department / Agency

Organization

Current number of GiC positions

GiC positions reduced

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Canadian Grain Commission

9

6

Farm Products Council of Canada

9

2

Canadian Heritage

Canadian Council on the Status of the Artist

12

12

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

19

6

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Canadian Race Relations Foundation and Investment Committee

24

11

Environment Canada

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

15

2

National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

26

8

Department of Finance Canada

Canada Development Investment Corporation

20

9

Canadian International Trade Tribunal

9

2

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation - Advisory Committee

15

15

Foreign Affairs

Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada

7

2

International Boundary Commission

1

1

International Development Research Centre

21

3

Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission

3

1

Health Canada

Assisted Human Reproduction Agency of Canada

13

1

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

7

1

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

19

2

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Canada Employment Insurance Commission

4

2

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

13

3

Canada Pension Plan / Old Age Security: Review Tribunals

400

40

Canada Pension Plan: Pensions Appeals Board

12

2

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

First Nations Financial Management Board

12

2

First Nations Statistical Institute

15

2

National Aboriginal Economic Development Board

20

7

Northern Flood Agreement

1

1

Industry Canada

Business Development Bank of Canada

15

2

Canada Foundation for Innovation

7

1

Canadian Space Agency

2

1

Canadian Tourism Commission

25

14

National Research Council of Canada

22

3

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

22

3

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

22

3

Space Advisory Board

19

19

Standards Council of Canada

13

2

International Trade

Export Development Canada

15

2

NAFTA Secretariat, Canadian Section

1

1

Labour

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

41

18

National Defence

Military Police Complaints Commission

7

2

Natural Resources Canada

Alberta - British Columbia Boundary Commission

1

1

Alberta - Northwest Territories Boundary Commission

1

1

British Columbia - Yukon - Northwest Territories Boundary Commission

1

1

Cape Breton Development Corporation

7

7

Energy Supplies Allocation Board

1

1

Manitoba - Saskatchewan Boundary Commission

1

1

Saskatchewan - Northwest Territories Boundary Commission

1

1

Transport, Infrastructure and Communities

Intercolonial and P.E.I. Railways Employees Provident Fund

1

1

Marine Atlantic Inc.

15

5

Parc Downsview Park Inc.

13

4

Via Rail Canada Inc.

17

4

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Canada School of Public Service

15

3

Public Sector Pension Investment Board

12

1