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Results, Directive on

Directive | Results

The Directive on Results identifies specific requirements for supporting the implementation of the Policy on Results, including through 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”

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Terms and Conditions of Employment for Students

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

Terms and Conditions of Employment for Students (including rates of pay)


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

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Communications, Directive on the Management of

Directive | Communications and Federal Identity

The Directive on the Management of Communications describes key requirements for heads of communications, as well as the roles and responsibilities of Privy Council Office (PCO), Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), Service Canada, Global Affairs Canada, and Library and Archives Canada.


Publishing, Procedures for

Procedure | Publishing

The objective of these procedures is to ensure that Government of Canada communications products are readily available to Canadians and are published in an efficient and cost-effective manner.


Communications and Federal Identity, Policy on

Policy | Communications and Federal Identity

The Policy on Communications and Federal Identity is for deputy heads of organizations listed in schedules I, I.1 and II of the Financial Administration Act. The policy context, objectives and expected results for government-wide communications activities and requirements are explained.


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

Directive | Access to information

To establish, across all government institutions, consistent practices and procedures for the processing of access to information requests, including requirements to make every reasonable effort to assist applicants without regard to their identity.


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



Student Employment Programs in the Federal Government

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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

The Treasury Board Policy on the Management of Real Property defines the performance expectations for the management of real property throughout its life cycle, including obligations associated with the disposal phase. The policy requires deputy heads to ensure a disposal by sale or transfer is completed in conformance with this directive.


Workers' Compensation


Compensation claims under the GECA are adjudicated by the provincial Workers Compensation Boards (WCBs) pursuant to an administrative agreement with each board, and benefits are paid according to the rates and conditions provided under the provincial compensation acts.


Email Management, Standard on

Standard | Information management

The Standard on Email Management ensures that departments and Shared Services Canada manage email efficiently, effectively, and in a timely manner to support decision making as well as program and service delivery.


Transfer Payments, Policy on

Policy | Service delivery and transfer payments; Transfer payments

Sets out the roles responsibilities for the Treasury Board, the President of the Treasury Board, the Secretary of the Treasury Board, ministers and deputy heads in the design, 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

The objective of this directive is to ensure the sound, consistent, effective, and equitable administration of the terms and conditions of employment for those 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 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

This directive supports the establishment of a consistent and equitable recourse process for employees who wish to grieve the classification of the work assigned by the responsible manager and described in the job description of the position they occupy.


Classification Oversight, Directive on

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

This directive formalizes 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

This directive supports the Policy on Classification by providing direction to deputy heads and their sub-delegated employees in the sound exercise of classification authority and management of classification activities within their organization.


Classification, Policy on

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

This policy provides deputy heads with the requirements related to the exercise of their classification authority and to the management of classification activities within their organization.


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


With the introduction of the Policy on Information Management (2007), the Directive on Information Management Roles and Responsibilities (2007) and the Directive on Recordkeeping (2009) as published by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, these guidelines have been designed to help all Government of Canada employees understand their roles and responsibilities in managing information resources effectively.


Essential Services Designations, Guidelines for


This instrument provides instructions to departments 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.


Service Management, Guideline on


The Guideline on Service Management provides recommended practices, tips, and tools regarding service management practices. The Guideline is intended for use by departments within the Government of Canada.


Fleet Management, Chapter 1: Light-Duty Vehicles, Guidelines on


This chapter of the Guide is intended to assist directors and managers in implementing the government's policy and directives related to materiel management and more specifically the management of light-duty vehicles.


Classification of Procurement Items, Data Standard on

Standard | Procurement

This standard defines common procurement item classification code which allows for consistent recording, aggregation and reporting of financial information within the departmental finance and materiel management systems (DFMS).


Cost Estimation for Capital Asset Acquisitions, Guideline on


The Guideline on Cost Estimation for Capital Asset Acquisitions is intended to provide assistance to Government of Canada departments in developing a cost estimate for the acquisition, construction or development of capital assets; for the betterment of capital assets; or for the acquisition of a group of like assets. It is expected that the level of effort expended to develop a cost estimate will vary with the value of the capital asset and the related risks.


Contractual Arrangements, Guidelines on


The Guideline on Contractual Arrangements supports managers and functional specialists implementing the Contracting Policy and its provisions. around contractual arrangements for the acquisition of goods, services and construction services.


Governance and Expenditure Management Policy Area


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