Deputy Minister Accountabilities
The chart describes the roles and responsibilities of Deputy Ministers in relation to different entities, including Parliament, the Courts, Ministers and officials, organizations, functional domains and other actors.
Deputy Ministers are responsible for ensuring that their departments function in a manner that is compliant with federal and provincial law. They are also responsible for ensuring that court rulings are implemented in an effective and timely manner. This includes the rulings of quasi-judicial tribunals (e.g., Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, Canada Industrial Relations Board, Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal, Federal Public Sector Labour Relations and Employment Board).
Deputy Ministers are accountable to Parliament in their role as departmental Accounting Officers. They will be asked to appear before Parliamentary Committees such as Public Accounts, Government Operations and Estimates, etc.
Deputy Ministers are also responsible for responding to the inquiries of the various Agents and Officers of Parliament as they fulfil their respective statutory duties. This includes both the provision of relevant information, as well as responding to the findings and recommendations of reports.
Agents and Officers of Parliament include:
- Auditor General of Canada/Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
- Commissioner of Official Languages
- Information Commissioner
- Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner
- Parliamentary Budget Officer
- Privacy Commissioner
- Commissioner of Lobbying
- Public Service Integrity Commissioner
- Chief Electoral Officer
Deputy Ministers are accountable to their Minister for providing sound public service advice on policy and implementation while effectively managing departmental operations.
Clerk of the Privy Council
Deputy Ministers are accountable to the Clerk of the Privy Council for their overall performance and the achievement of corporate priorities.
Public Service Commission
Deputy Ministers are accountable to the Public Service Commission for the exercise of their delegations under the Public Service Employment Act (e.g., staffing, promotions, competitions).
Deputy Ministers are accountable to the Treasury Board for the exercise of their authorities under the Financial Administration Act (e.g., implement controls, internal audit).
Deputy Ministers are responsible for maintaining productive labour/management relations (Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act).
Deputy Ministers are responsible for working closely with, and responding to, the concerns of various offices that play a government-wide coordination and oversight role.
- Chief Statistician
- Chief Information Officer
- Chief Science Advisor
- Canadian Human Rights Commission
Deputy Ministers are responsible for ensuring that their departments comply with a wide range of mandatory reporting requirements. Examples include:
- Main Estimates
- Management Accountability Framework
- Sustainable Development Strategy
- Annual Financial Statements
- Access to Information Report
- Privacy Report
- Official Languages Report
- Treasury Board Policy Suite (approximately 50 different reports, including Advertising Plan, Departmental Investment Plan, Department Evaluation Plan).
Deputy Ministers are responsible for assisting Ministers with the overall coordination of their portfolio entities (e.g., liaising with agency heads).
Deputy Ministers are responsible for promoting bilingualism in the workplace (Official Languages Act).
Workplace Health and Safety
Deputy Ministers are responsible for various workplace management issues under the Canada Labour Code.
- [ PDF version ]
Report a problem or mistake on this page
- Date modified: