Message from the Clerk and the Chief Human Resources Officer on the results of the inaugural Public Service Employee Annual Survey


The results for the first Public Service Employee Annual Survey were released today. We want to thank all of you who took the time to participate. Your feedback helps us better understand what we are doing right and identify areas where we need to improve.

While we are pleased to see the positive results regarding your ability to innovate at work and your positive relationships with your immediate managers, the Public Service-wide results regarding harassment and discrimination are troubling.

Harassment and discrimination have no place in Canada, including in the Public Service. We have asked all Deputy Heads and their management teams to closely study the survey results and identify—with your help—real, meaningful and measureable actions that can be taken to address harassment and discrimination, and ensure a healthy, respectful and supportive work environment.

Mental health and workplace well-being are personal priorities for us. While we have made some progress, issues persist and the survey results clearly indicate there is more work to do.

We can and we must do better. We look forward to continuing this important conversation in the coming days and weeks.



Michael Wernick  
Clerk of the Privy Council 

Anne Marie Smart
Chief Human Resources Officer


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