Twenty-Third annual report to the Prime Minister on the public service of Canada
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Service to canadians
Service to Canadians is dramatically different than it was even two years ago. Citizens want us to serve them in a way that makes sense to them. They want more frequent and meaningful communication with government. Read more...
Progress against priorities
Respectful workplaces with a focus on mental health
We are the largest employer in Canada. Our employees need to work in a healthy, compassionate environment that embraces differences. This is the right thing to do for ourselves and for all Canadians, who expect us to act responsibly.
Speaking about depression
ESDC employee Sue Spooner speaks about her story of struggle and resilience with mental illness. She helps break the silence on this important topic. “It’s ok to be afraid and it’s ok to talk about it. Don’t hold it in.”
Joint Task Force
In March 2015, the Government and the Public Service Alliance of Canada established a Joint Task Force to address mental health in the workplace. Their December 2015 report included 15 recommendations.
A generational change is underway in the Public Service. We need to find, hire, onboard and develop more young talent. We need people who have the right skills, energy, values and passion for public service. We will step up the pace in the coming year to recruit for the future.
Indigenous student recruitment
Dynamic recruiting tools are successfully being used to attract and retain indigenous students. A Quebec regional office for Indigenous and Northern Affairs hired 47% more Aboriginal students in 2015.
Reinforcing the policy community
The Public Service must continue to give evidence-based advice. It must continue to reach out to other sectors, developing initiatives that can be implemented and outcomes that can be measured. It will make its policy function even more collaborative, connected and open, and even better equipped to address the broad and multi-faceted issues facing Canada.
Central Innovation Hub
The Central Innovation Hub has shown results through their ambitious plan to set up a lean, high-performing organization that would enable and encourage policy innovation through new tools and approaches to solve policy challenges.
Behavioural economics for the public sector
Consistent with the objective of developing evidence-based policy, the Behavioural Economics for the Public Sector conference brought together public servants from all levels of government, public sector practitioners, and academics to develop capacity in experimentation and behavioural economics, and to share insights on how these tools may be incorporated into public policy.
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