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Whole-of-government framework

The purpose of this framework is to map the financial and non-financial contributions of federal organizations receiving appropriations by aligning their program activities to a set of high level outcome areas defined for the government as a whole.

Text version of Whole-of-government Framework


The framework consists of four spending areas: Economic Affairs, Social Affairs, International Affairs, and Government Affairs.

Since 2005, the Policy on Management, Resources and Results Structures (MRRS) has supported the development of a common, government-wide approach to the collection, management, and reporting of financial and non-financial information on program objectives, performance, and results. All federal organizations receiving appropriations must plan and manage their operations and report their performance against strategic outcomes that represent enduring benefits to Canadians.

As a complement to this regime of departmental performance management and reporting, the Government of Canada has adopted a whole-of-government framework for reporting to Parliament on progress made as a nation. The whole-of-government framework maps the financial and non-financial contributions of departments, agencies, and Crown corporations receiving appropriations to a set of 16 high-level Government of Canada outcome areas within four Government of Canada spending areas—Economic, Social, International, and Government Affairs.

Alignment of program activities to the whole-of-government framework

Departments and agencies are required to indicate in their Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP) and Departmental Performance Report (DPR) the alignment of program activities to Government of Canada outcome areas. Because the alignment of strategic outcomes and their corresponding program activities to the whole-of-government framework makes it possible to calculate spending by Government of Canada outcome area and also correctly total all government spending, a program activity can only be aligned to one Government of Canada outcome area. A strategic outcome, however, can contribute to more than one outcome area.


If you have questions, please contact the whole-of-government reporting team .