Consultation and Communications Branch

Sarah Lawley
Assistant Deputy Minister

Overview of the Branch

The Consultations and Communications Branch provides timely and high-quality strategic communications advice to the Department. This includes developing communications plans and products related to initiatives, including pre-budget consultations and the tabling of the Economic Fiscal Update and the Budget. The Branch is responsible for the management of the Department's communications channels including Web, print and social media.

The Branch supports the Minister and Department by managing media relations, consultations, ministerial visits, conferences and protocol, parliamentary affairs, Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) requests as well as publishing and translation.

Role of Departmental Communications Staff

The objective of departmental communications staff is to provide Finance Canada communications that are non-partisan, non-promotional, high quality, timely, accurate, objective and clear.

All communications products must comply with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector and the Policy on Communications and Federal Identity and supporting guidance which mandates that products are available in both official languages and, when provided electronically, adhere to international guidelines on web accessibility to ensure that persons with disabilities can interact with the content provided. Communications must be also be conducted in an economic and appropriate way so that departments are able to justify the costs as legitimate expenditures of public funds.

Consultations & Communications - Organizational Chart

Target: December 2019

Assistant Deputy Minister: Sarah Lawley

Assistant Deputy Minister's Office

Director General's Office

Senior Director's Office - Strategy

Senior Director's Office - Public Affairs & Operations

Assistant Deputy Minister's Office

Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM)

Director General's Office

Director General (DG)

Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP)

Parliamentary Affairs

Strategy Division


Media Relations, Research and Analysis

Departmental Correspondence

Public Affairs and Operations Division

Events and Internal Communications

Creative Services, Marketing and Data Visualization

Language Services

Publishing & Web

Pre-Scheduled Publications and Tablings




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