Clerk of the Privy Council

As Head of the Federal Public Service, the Clerk of the Privy Council ensures that the Government of Canada has the policy, management and human resources capacity it needs to design and deliver high quality programs and services to and for Canadians.


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“The process of democratic governance works best when Cabinet members charged with government policy and decision-making are free to express themselves around the Cabinet table unreservedly.”

Supreme Court of Canada
— Babcock v Canada (2002)

A Data Strategy Roadmap for the Federal Public Service
Safe Workspaces: Starting a dialogue and taking action on harassment in the Public Service

Services and information

Annual report

This report highlights the work carried out by public servants over the past year, at home and abroad, in helping to deliver on the Government’s mandate. It also outlines the priorities for the public service in the year ahead. 

Reports and publications

Read different reports, publications and presentations by the Clerk, departments, agencies and third parties that are relevant, timely and offer insight into the public service.

Role of the Clerk

Learn more about the role of the Clerk, meet the current Clerk and those who came before. 

Meet the Clerk

Michael Wernick was appointed Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet in January 2016.

Blueprint 2020 and public service renewal

Read about what the government is doing to enable a capable and high-performing public service that embraces innovation, transformation and continuous renewal.

Public service stories, awards and recognition

Learn more about public service stories and some of the many awards that recognize departments, agencies and individuals for their work and commitment to serving Canadians.

Diversity and inclusion

Mental health in the workplace

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