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The Programs of the Secretariat

The Program Alignment Architecture (PAA) is an inventory of all the programs undertaken by the Secretariat. It groups related programs together and links them logically to our strategic outcome: “Good governance and sound stewardship to enable efficient and effective service to Canadians.” It is the foundation for integrated planning, including facilitating decisions about the allocation and control of resources. It provides a framework to support governance, planning and decision-making by providing both financial and performance information.

The Secretariat’s five Programs are described below.
Visual depiction of the Secretariat’s PAA. Text version below:
Visual depiction of the Secretariat’s PAA - Text version

The graphic demonstrates how the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's strategic outcome is supported by its program. The outcome is as follows: "Good governance and sound stewardship to enable efficient and effective service to Canadians."

There are five specific programs for achieving this: Decision-Making Support and Oversight; Management Policies Development and Monitoring; Government-Wide Program Design and Delivery;; Government-Wide Funds and Public Service Employer Payments; and Internal Services.

  • Program 1: Decision-Making Support and Oversight
    • Sub Programs:
      • Cabinet Decision Support
      • Expenditure Analysis and Allocation Management
  • Program 2: Management Policies Development and Monitoring
    • Sub-Programs:
      • Financial Management Policy
      • People Management Policy
      • Information Management and Information Technology Policy
      • Externally-Facing Policy
      • Organizational Management Policy
  • Program 3: Government-Wide Program Design and Delivery
    • Sub-Programs:
      • Pensions and Benefits
      • Labour Relations
      • Government-Wide Operations
      • Transformation Leadership
  • Program 4: Government-Wide Funds and Public Service Employer Payments
  • Program 5: Internal Services
    • Sub-Programs:
      • Management and Oversight Services
      • Communications Services
      • Legal Services
      • Human Resources Management Services
      • Financial Management Services
      • Information Management Services
      • Information Technology Services
      • Real Property Services
      • Materiel Services
      • Acquisition Services

For more information, please consult the Policy on Management, Resources, and Results Structures.

Program Alignment Architecture Descriptions:

Program 1 Decision-Making Support and Oversight

Through the Decision-Making Support and Oversight program, the Secretariat supports the Treasury Board in its roles as management board of the Government of Canada and as budget office in the government-wide expenditure cycle. The program objective is to support the government in promoting value for money and results for Canadians in programs and operations.

This program achieves its results by providing independent strategic advice, analysis, guidance and oversight of programs, operations, and expenditures. The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat reviews departmental submissions, provides recommendations to the Treasury Board, and coordinates and reports on the allocation of expenditures across government organizations and programs.

Program 2 Management Policies Development and Monitoring

Through the Management Policies Development and Monitoring Program, the Secretariat supports the Treasury Board in its role of establishing principles for sound governance and management by setting government-wide policy direction in targeted areas. The program objective is to have a sound management policy framework for the Government of Canada.

This program achieves its results by communicating clear management expectations for deputy heads and by adopting principles-based approaches and risk-informed monitoring of policy compliance. The Secretariat develops, reviews, leads implementation, supports, and monitors policies and departmental performance under a variety of Areas of Management. The Secretariat also engages with functional communities and undertakes outreach and monitoring to promote policy compliance and capacity building.

This program is underpinned by legislation such as the Financial Administration Act, the Public Service Employment Act and the Federal Accountability Act.

Program 3 Government-Wide Program Design and Delivery

Through the Government-Wide Program Design and Delivery program, the Secretariat designs and delivers activities, systems, services and operations with, for, or on behalf of other organizations in the Government of Canada. This program also establishes a platform for transformational initiatives. The program objective is to provide consistent and cost-controlled operations across the Government of Canada.

This program achieves its results by developing and delivering solutions where whole-of-government leadership is required or where standardization and cost-savings can be achieved.

Program 4 Government-wide Funds and Public Service Employer Payments

The Government-Wide Funds and Public Service Employer Payments program accounts for funds that are held centrally to supplement other appropriations, from which allocations are made to, or payments and receipts are made on behalf of, other federal organizations. These funds supplement the standard appropriations process and meet certain responsibilities of the Treasury Board as the employer of the core public administration, including employer obligations under the public service pension and benefits plans.

The administration of these funds falls under the Expenditure Analysis and Allocation Management sub-program and the People Management Policy sub-program, but their financial resources are shown separately in the PAA for visibility and reporting purposes.

Internal Services

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups include the following services: Management and Oversight; Communications; Legal; Human Resources Management; Financial Management; Information Management; Information Technology; Real Property; Materiel; and Acquisition.

Internal Services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and do not include those provided for a specific program.

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