Raison d’être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do

Raison d’être

The President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada is responsible for the Public Service Commission of Canada (the agency) in accordance with the Financial Administration Act and for tabling the agency’s annual report under the Public Service Employment Act. The agency reports independently on its mandate to Parliament.

Through collaboration with departments and agencies, it is dedicated to building tomorrow’s public service that is based on excellence and is representative of Canada’s diversity. It safeguards non-partisanship and promotes and protects merit and the use of both official languages in a staffing and recruitment context. It supports departments and agencies in recruiting talented people from coast to coast to coast through the use of innovative and modern services, tools and practices.

Mandate and role

Under the delegated staffing system set out in the Public Service Employment Act, the Public Service Commission fulfills its mandate by promoting and safeguarding a non-partisan, merit-based and representative public service that serves all Canadians. We do this by:

  • supporting departments and agencies in hiring qualified individuals into and within the public service
  • overseeing and ensuring the integrity of public service hiring
  • protecting the non-partisan nature of the public service while respecting employees’ rights to participate in political activities
  • delivering recruitment programs and assessment services
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