Role of the Public Service Commission of Canada

The Public Service Commission is responsible for safeguarding the political impartiality of the public service and public servants’ involvement in political activities, including:

  • providing guidance with respect to involvement in political activities;
  • granting permission and leave for candidacy in federal, provincial, territorial and municipal elections; and
  • investigating allegations of improper political activities and taking corrective action when they are founded.

Part 7 (Political Activities) of the Act and its Regulations provide a regime for governing the political activities of public servants, while recognizing the need to balance their rights to engage in political activities with the principle of an impartial public service. As such, public servants may engage in any political activity as long as it does not impair, or is not perceived as impairing, their ability to perform their duties in a politically impartial manner.

Non-Partisanship and the Role of other Organizations

Upholding the non-partisan nature of the public service is the responsibility of all employees, regardless of their level or duties. Deputy heads of organizations supervise employees and play a leadership role in in this respect, including:

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