National Public Service Week

June 12 – 18, 2016
Permanent theme: "Proudly Serving Canadians"

Federal public servants deliver a wide range of programs and services that support the work of the Government of Canada and the needs of Canadians in their day-to-day lives. The government would not function without the commitment of the individuals who make up the public service.

National Public Service Week background and materials

National Public Service Week (NPSW) was created in 1992, following the passage of the National Public Service Week: Serving Canadians Better Act. Its objective is to “recognize the value of the services rendered by federal public service employees” and to “acknowledge the contribution of federal public service employees to the federal administration.” NPSW was designed to promote pride in and recognition of the public service of Canada by providing internal recognition, and by raising Canadians’ awareness of the excellence of the public service.

Over the years, NPSW has become a truly national campaign that respects and reflects the diversity of the public service of Canada and of the country itself. It is an opportune time to be creative and inclusive, instill pride in our community, and develop partnerships with other communities. We are positive that with your hard work and enthusiasm, NPSW 2016 will prove to be as successful as it has been in previous years.

In accordance with the Act, every year throughout Canada, the third week of the month of June is known as “National Public Service Week,” with the week ending on the third Saturday of the month and beginning the previous Sunday. In 2016, NPSW will take place from June 12 to 18.

The following has been developed to help you and your volunteers plan and organize your NPSW events. Outlined are basics on the national-level planning process and the promotional material available to you.


Funding for events for departments, agencies and regional federal councils is provided from departmental budgets.

Roles and responsibilities

The Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO): Our role

OCHRO is the national coordinator for NPSW. It develops a national communications strategy, including corporate messages for use by departments and agencies. It also assists National Departmental Coordinators.

National Departmental Coordinators: Your role

Each department and agency is responsible for appointing its own National Departmental Coordinator to organize its departmental activities.

Each coordinator is key to the success of NPSW. It is the coordinator's responsibility to coordinate events for their organizations.

Promotional materials

Promotional materials for NPSW, as well as graphic identifiers and web buttons, are available in downloadable versions below. Since 2013, the permanent theme of NPSW has been “Proudly Serving Canadians,” so these materials can be used from one year to the next. All NPSW materials are available in both official languages.

National Public Service Week poster


This generic poster can be used as a pop-up on computer screens or printed and displayed in high-traffic areas in your building. Minimal printing is encouraged.

National Public Service Week certificate

Recognition certificates

Bilingual recognition certificates can be used to thank volunteers for their participation in an event or to thank a colleague, employee or a superior for his or her work, collaboration or team work.

National Public Service Week logo

Graphic identifier

Use the official graphic identifier for NPSW for all your promotional events.

National Public Service Week button

Web button

Post a web button for NPSW on your departmental intranets.

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