Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat mandate

Our Vision

Better government: with partners, for Canadians

Our Mission

Effective People:
Cultivate the federal public service as a model workplace where professional, skilled workers are trained and motivated to serve Canadians.
Effective Policies:
Build management frameworks, support pro-active risk management, and empower partners to manage resources and report results.
Effective management of the Public Purse:
Provide guidance so that resources are soundly managed across government with a focus on results and value for money.

Raison d’être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do – Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat 2018–19 Departmental Plan

Raison d’être

The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (Secretariat) is the central agency that acts as the administrative arm of the Treasury Board.

The Treasury Board is a committee of the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada:

  • Acts as the government’s management board;
  • Provides oversight of the government’s financial management and spending, as well as oversight on human resources issues;
  • Is the employer for the public service;
  • Establishes policies and common standards for administrative, personnel, financial and organizational practices across government;
  • Fulfills the role of the Committee of Council in approving regulatory policies and regulations, and most orders-in-council; and
  • Is responsible for reporting to Parliament.

The President of the Treasury Board is the Minister responsible for the Secretariat.

Mandate and role

As the administrative arm of the Treasury Board, the Secretariat has a dual mandate: to support the Treasury Board as a committee of ministers and to fulfil the statutory responsibilities of a central government agency. The Treasury Board’s mandate is derived from the Financial Administration Act, R.S.C., 1985, c.F-11.

To fulfill its mandate, the Secretariat has three roles:

  • A challenge and oversight role, which includes supporting Cabinet decision making, reporting on the government’s management and budgetary performance, and developing government-wide management policies and directives
  • A community enabling role, which involves helping organizations improve management performance and program results
  • A leadership role, which involves driving and modelling excellence in public sector practices

The Secretariat is tasked with providing advice and support to Treasury Board ministers in their role of ensuring value-for-money as well as providing oversight of the financial management functions in departments and agencies.

The Secretariat makes recommendations and provides advice to the Treasury Board on policies, directives, regulations, and program expenditure proposals with respect to the management of the government's resources. Its responsibilities for the general management of the government affect initiatives, issues, and activities that cut across all policy sectors managed by federal departments and organizational entities (as reported in the Main Estimates). The Secretariat is also responsible for the comptrollership function of government.

Under the broad authority of sections 5 to 13 of the Financial Administration Act, the Secretariat supports the Treasury Board in its role as the general manager and employer of the public service.

For more information about the programs and activities of the Treasury Board Secretariat, consult our inventory of programs.

For more information about the Secretariat, consult our Reports Section.

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