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The policy instruments listed have been updated within the last two years.

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Terms and Conditions of Employment, Directive on

Directive | Permanent and Temporary Separation; Total Compensation; Workplace Management

Directs departments and agencies that will ensure the equitable, accurate, consistent, transparent and timely application of terms and conditions of employment across the core public administration.


Implementation of the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations, Amendment to the Directive on the


The Official Languages Act and the Official Languages (Communications withand Services to the Public) Regulations (SOR/92-48) (the Regulations) provide that members of the public have the right to receive services from and communicate with the designated offices of a federal institution in the official language of their choice.


Results, Directive on

Directive | Results

Outlines requirements for supporting the implementation of the Policy on Results, including the identification of roles and responsibilities for Canadian federal departmental officials.


Results, Policy on

Policy | Results; Results, Evaluation, and Internal Audit

The Policy on Results sets out the fundamental requirements for Canadian federal departmental accountability for performance information and evaluation, while highlighting the importance of results in management and expenditure decision making, as well as public reporting.


Acceptable Network and Device Use, Guideline on

Guidelines | Web and social media


Application Guide for Post-Employment under the “Policy on Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment”


This Guide outlines how to apply the Post-employment measures in the Policy on Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment which reinforce the integrity of the public service by preventing public servants from improperly benefitting themselves or others after they leave their positions with the government.


Terms and Conditions of Employment for Students

Policy | Permanent and Temporary Separation; Staffing and Employee Integration; Total Compensation

Includes rates of pay.


Values Alive: A Discussion Guide to the “Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector”


Guide to demystify the Public Sector Code, help stimulate thinking and dialogue about how best to apply its values, and provide examples of how the expected behaviours related to those values are demonstrated.


Communications, Directive on the Management of

Directive | Communications and Federal Identity

Provides rules for managing and coordinating communications, including procedures for advertising, public opinion research, social media and web communications.


Publishing, Procedures for

Procedure | Publishing

Outlines procedures to ensure the ready availability and efficient, cost-effective publication of your communications products.


Communications and Federal Identity, Policy on

Policy | Communications and Federal Identity

Gives context and rules for how the Government of Canada (GC) enables communication with the public about policies, programs, services and initiatives, including the administration of the GC official symbols.


Access to Information Act, Interim Directive on the Administration of the

Directive | Access to information

Provides direction to government institutions on efficiently and consistently processing access to information and privacy requests.


Chief Financial Officer Attestation for Cabinet Submissions, Guideline on



Attribution of Internal Services, Guideline on the


These guidelines update the current guidance that supports the Policy on Management, Resources and Results Structures (MRRS). The objective is to establish consistency in recording and reporting of internal services.


Identity Assurance, Guideline on


Supports implementation of the minimum requirements for establishing the identity of an individual to a given level of assurance.


Student Employment Programs in the Federal Government

Web site


Costing, Guidelines on


The Guidelines explain the fundamentals of costing, describe common applications of costing in government, and outline key principles and practices. They provide general guidance that includes a seven step approach to costing that departments are encouraged to use. The Guidelines also provide links to specific guidance on costing-related matters, such as the attestation provided by chief financial officers (CFOs) for Cabinet submissions.


Sale or Transfer of Surplus Real Property, Directive on the

Directive | Real property

Explains the performance expectations for the management of real property throughout its life cycle, including obligations associated with the disposal phase.


Workers' Compensation


Explains that provincial workers compensation boards adjudicate compensation claims under the Government Employees Compensation Act pursuant to an administrative agreement with each board, and that the payment of benefits occurs according to the rates and conditions provided under the provincial compensation acts.


Email Management, Standard on

Standard | Information management

Ensures that Shared Services Canada, as well as other departments and agencies, efficiently, effectively and promptly manages email.


Transfer Payments, Policy on

Policy | Service delivery and transfer payments; Transfer payments

Explains the roles and responsibilities for the delivery and management of transfer payment programs.


Terms and Conditions of Employment for Certain Excluded/Unrepresented Employees, Directive on

Directive | Permanent and Temporary Separation; Total Compensation; Workplace Management

Ensures the sound, consistent, effective, and equitable administration of the terms and conditions of employment for persons occupying certain excluded and unrepresented positions across the core public administration, where the terms and conditions of employment of such positions differ from those provided in the relevant collective agreement, or in any other Treasury Board policy instrument related to employment terms and conditions.


Classification Grievances, Directive on

Directive | Job and Position Management; Organization Design, Human Resources Planning, and Reporting

Outlines a consistent and equitable recourse process for employees who wish to grieve the classification of the work that the responsible manager assigns and that the job description of the position they occupy describes.


Classification Oversight, Directive on

Directive | Job and Position Management; Organization Design, Human Resources Planning, and Reporting

Explains the requirements for compliance with the Policy on Classification and related instruments, and provides deputy heads with direction and tools for assessing the health of their classification programs through oversight.


Classification, Directive on

Directive | Job and Position Management; Organization Design, Human Resources Planning, and Reporting

Outlines the requirements for the management of organization and classification, including data and documentation requirements, job evaluation, job descriptions, reclassification, and new positions.


Classification, Policy on

Policy | Job and Position Management; Organization Design, Human Resources Planning, and Reporting

Provides deputy heads with the requirements pertaining to exercising their classification authority and to managing classification activities within their organization.


Information Management (IM) Basics – Guideline for Employees of the Government of Canada


Aims to help all Government of Canada employees understand their roles and responsibilities in effectively managing information resources.


Essential Services Designations, Guidelines for


Offers instructions to departments and agencies about the essential services designation process.


Title to Intellectual Property Arising Under Crown Procurement Contracts, Policy on


The objective of this policy is to increase the potential for Commercial Exploitation of Intellectual Property developed by a Contractor in the course of a Crown Procurement Contract.

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