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Section I: Organizational Overview

Raison d'être1

The 2006 Federal Accountability Act provides for the creation of a Public Appointments Commission (the Commission).

The mandate of the Public Appointments Commission is to oversee the process through which people are appointed to agencies, boards, commissions and Crown corporations, but does not extend to making individual appointments.

The Public Appointments Commission Secretariat's main role is to provide advice and support for the development of the Public Appointments Commission.

On April 21st, 2006, a Public Appointments Commission Secretariat (the Secretariat) was created to facilitate the creation and maintenance of this Commission.


The role of the Secretariat is, if the Commission is constituted, to develop, review and implement policies, procedures and partnerships that will guide selection processes for Governor-in-Council appointments within the Commission’s jurisdiction. Governor-in-Council appointments are appointments to agencies, boards, commissions and Crown corporations.

The work of the Secretariat is shared with Privy Council Office (PCO). This work helps to ensure that the policies and practices guiding selection processes are effective, efficient and timely and that these processes meet the specific needs of organizations.

Strategic Outcome and Program Activity Architecture (PAA)

Strategic Outcome:

If the Commission is established, to help ensure fair and competency-based processes are in place for the recruitment and selection of qualified individuals for Governor-in-Council appointments across agencies, boards, commissions and Crown corporations.

Program Activity 1: Oversight of Governor-in-Council appointments

Oversight of Governor-in-Council appointments contributes to the achievement of the Government of Canada outcome, “Well-managed and efficient government operations,” by helping to ensure that, if the Commission is established, selection processes for Governor-in-Council appointments are fair and competency based.

Program Activity 2: Internal services

Internal services activities support the effective and efficient delivery of Program Activity 1.

Organizational Priorities2

Priority Type3 Program Activity
Conducting research into domestic and international selection processes to identify trends and best practices. Ongoing Oversight of Governor-in-Council appointments

If the Commission were constituted, the Secretariat would:

  • provide policy and operational support to the chair of the Commission and any members appointed;
  • help to prepare plans for the Commission’s organizational structure, including ones related to planning and reporting obligations under Section 1.1 of the Financial Administration Act;
  • research best practices, conduct literature reviews, consult with federal departments, agencies, boards, commissions and Crown corporations, as well as other levels of government in Canada and abroad, to develop, for the early consideration of the Commission, a Code of Practice and associated guidance for selection processes leading to Governor-in-Council appointments.
  • support the Commission in providing advice and monitoring the application of the Code of Practice, and provide the Prime Minister with an Annual Report tabled in both Houses of Parliament.

Priority Type Program Activity
Internal management Ongoing

Oversight of Governor-in-Council appointments

  • Support the Commission’s start-up and oversight of selection processes for public appointments.

Risk Analysis

The Secretariat mitigates risk by preparing for the establishment of a Commission and by supporting improvements to selection processes.

Planning Summary

In order to provide for the possibility that a Commission might be established over the next fiscal year, an authority to spend $1.1 million for the Commission and its Secretariat is being sought through the Main Estimates process, and is reported here as planned spending for 2012-13 and beyond.

Financial Resources (thousands of dollars)

2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
1,068 1,068 1,068

Human Resources (FTEs)

2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
4 4 4

Planning Summary Table
(thousands of dollars)
Program Activity4 Forecast
Planned Spending5, 6 Alignment to Government of Canada Outcomes
2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Oversight of Governor-in-Council appointments 121 1,043 1,043 1,043 Well-managed and efficient government operations
Total Planned Spending 1,043 1,043 1,043  

Program Activity Forecast
Planned Spending7
2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Internal services 50 25 25 25
Total Planned Spending 25 25 25

Expenditure Profile

Departmental Spending Trend Graph 2008-09 to 2014-15

Expenditure Profile - Spending Trend Graph

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The Secretariat was created in April 2006. In 2006-07, the Secretariat conducted consultations with federal, domestic and international partners as well as a review of appointment procedures for the Immigration and Refugee Board. The results of the consultations and review were made public in early 2007.

The Secretariat was not operational from spring 2007 to late fall 2007.

Since 2007-08, the Secretariat has focused on laying the groundwork for a Commission. This work has included conducting research and assisting in ongoing efforts to improve Governor-in-Council selection processes.

To provide for the possibility of a Commission being established over the next fiscal year, an authority to spend $1.1 million dollars for the Commission and its Secretariat is being sought through the 2012-13 Main Estimates process.

Estimates by Vote

For information on organizational appropriations, please see the 2012–13 Main Estimates publication.