Letter to the Prime Minister

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March 21, 2019

Dear Prime Minister:

I am pleased to submit to you the Twenty-Sixth Annual Report to the Prime Minister on the Public Service of Canada, covering the period from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019.

Preparing this report, my fourth and final one since becoming Clerk, has given me a chance to reflect on how dynamic the last three years have been for Canada. Our country has been quick to respond to shifts in global politics and economics and has taken action to support peace around the world. We have witnessed, within our borders, social change that demands greater inclusion, civility, and engagement. Our world is more open and more digital than ever.

Canada’s federal public servants have been working hard to support their ministers in addressing these important shifts. Through these times of change, Canada remains a pillar of peace, order, and good government, and our Public Service is recognized as an international leader. Much of this success comes from our willingness to look at ourselves and recalibrate: we are not perfect, and we work hard to continually renew ourselves. 

As you will see in the many stories that follow, public servants are attuned to the communities we serve. Our engagement with these communities shapes our advice to Government and the services we deliver. Public servants are inviting more voices to the table to talk about priorities and policies, and we are bringing new tools, approaches, and perspectives to tough problems. We are taking bolder risks, being more creative, and experimenting with fresh ideas.

This has been a landmark year. We made important strides through open dialogue to address mental health and wellness and to tackle harassment and discrimination. In line with this, we have supported legislative reforms, including: Bill C-65, which addressed harassment; the Pay Equity Act; the Accessible Canada Act (Bill C-81); and the legislation creating the Department for Women and Gender Equality.

During my tenure as Clerk, I have had the opportunity to speak with many public servants across the country, and I take great pride in hearing about their experiences effecting real change in the lives of Canadians. This report, which has been crafted by public servants, highlights some of their outstanding work. I hope our stories inspire Canadians. 

Yours sincerely,

Michael Wernick

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