Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat Organization

The Secretariat is organized into the following branches and sectors:

Office of the Comptroller General

The Comptroller General of Canada is responsible for providing functional direction and assurance government-wide for financial management, internal audit, investment planning, procurement, project management, and the management of real property and materiel.

The Office of the Comptroller General supports the Comptroller General of Canada by working to ensure that sound policies, standards and practices are in place; by overseeing performance and compliance across the federal government; and by maintaining and building vibrant professional communities through a range of recruitment and development activities.

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Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer

The Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO) supports the Treasury Board in its role as the employer by driving excellence in people management and ensuring the appropriate degree of consistency across the public service. OCHRO fulfills this mandate in a manner that is compatible with primary deputy head accountability and responsibility.

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Expenditure Management Sector

The Expenditure Management Sector (EMS) provides a central focus for the functions that support and strengthen the Secretariat’s role in the government’s broader expenditure management system. EMS’s work covers the entire expenditure management cycle—from expenditure analysis, forecasting and expenditure management strategies, policies and operations through to results-based management, evaluation, strategic reviews, Estimates production, accountability, and reporting to Parliament.

EMS plays a strong integration role in planning and coordinating expenditure management initiatives and in providing a whole-of-government perspective on matters related to the management of direct program spending and compensation within the federal government.

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Government Operations Sector

The Government Operations Sector supports the Treasury Board in its role as management board and budget office. The Sector provides analysis and advice on management capacity and risks, strategic resource allocation, and effective program design in a portfolio that includes central agencies, Agents of Parliament, many Crown corporations and Public Services and Procurement Canada. As well, the Sector provides policy advice and analysis on corporate governance to Crown corporations and the small agency community.

Chief Information Officer Branch

The Chief Information Officer Branch (CIOB) provides strategic direction and leadership in the pursuit of excellence in information management, information technology, security, privacy and access to information across the Government of Canada. To facilitate this work, CIOB also provides support and guidance on capacity building and project management and oversight.

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Priorities and Planning

Priorities and Planning (P&P) is responsible for key policy and planning activities that underpin both government-wide management excellence and efficient and effective corporate governance within the Secretariat. Specifically, P&P works with all departmental sectors to ensure that Treasury Board policy advice is coordinated and consistent. It does so by playing both an integrative role and a challenge function in advancing the strategic management priorities of the Secretary and the President of the Treasury Board. P&P also provides leadership for governance and planning processes within the Secretariat to ensure coherence in corporate priorities, progress on key files, clear accountabilities, and continuous improvement.

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Social and Cultural Sector

The Social and Cultural Sector supports the Treasury Board in its role as management board of the Government of Canada and as budget office in the government-wide expenditure cycle. As such, the Sector performs due diligence reviews of Memoranda to Cabinet and Treasury Board submissions from federal organizations and provides advice to the Treasury Board regarding resource allocation, risks, and policy compliance. This work supports sound decision making, value for money, compliance with rules and policies, and alignment with Government of Canada priorities and objectives. The Sector also assists in the production of government Estimates documents and parliamentary reports.

In addition, the Sector provides strategic advice, guidance and support to federal organizations in their implementation and application of Treasury Board policies, government priorities, risk management strategies, and performance management. It also supports organizations seeking commonly sought authorities and approvals from the Treasury Board (e.g., financial and expenditure authorities, project and program approvals).

The Sector deals with over 30 federal organizations that cover a variety of responsibilities including Aboriginal issues, health, culture, parks, heritage, human resources and skills development, labour, social development, veterans affairs and housing. The Sector also works closely with other central agencies.

Strategic Communications and Ministerial Affairs

Strategic Communications and Ministerial Affairs (SCMA) provides briefings, correspondence and logistical support for Treasury Board meetings, parliamentary affairs, Cabinet business and dealings with other government departments and non-governmental organizations. SCMA manages and coordinates Treasury Board meetings; coordinates the Secretariat’s access to information and privacy activities; and tracks the President’s and the Secretary’s correspondence, and assists in preparing replies.

SCMA is also responsible for developing internal and external communications products and providing services in consultation with subject matter experts (e.g., communications strategies and plans, speeches and speaking notes, scenario notes for ministerial events, media advisories, news releases, questions and answers, and news conferences). It ensures a web presence for the President, the Treasury Board and the Secretariat and prepares department-wide messages, including messages from the President of the Treasury Board.

In addition, SCMA develops and implements government-wide policy instruments related to communications and corporate identity, and monitors compliance by government departments and agencies.

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Regulatory Affairs Sector (RAS)

The Regulatory Affairs Sector supports the Treasury Board to fulfill its role as the Committee of the “Queen’s Privy Council for Canada”.  In this role, Treasury Board advises and supports the Governor in Council (i.e. the Governor General, when acting on the advice of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada) on the approval of regulations and Orders–in–Council.  The Sector supports Governor in Council decision–making by exercising an oversight function and reviewing Governor in Council submissions to ensure they are evidence–based and adhere to legal and policy requirements, including those of the Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management (CDRM).

In addition, the Sector provides regulatory policy leadership for the federal government’s regulatory community by: providing, among other things, regulatory policy guidance to departments and agencies; assessing and reporting on regulatory reform initiatives; supporting horizontal policy management; and representing Canada in international and federal/provincial and territorial regulatory policy fora.   

The Sector also establishes policies and strategies to advance regulatory cooperation.  This includes:

  • supporting and coordinating efforts to foster regulatory alignment in key sectors between Canada and the U.S.;
  • developing policy expertise and thought leadership on regulatory cooperation;
  • providing central oversight and facilitating departmental regulatory cooperation annual planning; and
  • supporting Canada’s international and domestic trade priorities and furthering international regulatory cooperation.

The Treasury Board Secretariat supports departments and agencies to develop and implement regulatory cooperation initiatives in consultation with industry consumer stakeholders.

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Economic Sector

The Economic Sector (ES) supports the Treasury Board in its role as management board of the Government of Canada and as budget office in the government-wide expenditure cycle. As such, ES performs due diligence reviews of Memoranda to Cabinet and Treasury Board submissions from federal organizations and provides advice to the Treasury Board regarding resource allocation, risks, and policy compliance. This work supports sound decision making, value for money, compliance with rules and policies, and alignment with Government of Canada priorities and objectives. ES also assists in the production of government Estimates documents and parliamentary reports.

In addition, ES provides strategic advice, guidance and support to federal organizations in their implementation and application of Treasury Board policies, government priorities, risk management strategies, and performance management. It also supports organizations seeking commonly sought authorities and approvals from the Treasury Board (e.g., financial and expenditure authorities, project and program approvals).

ES serves 43 federal organizations that cover responsibilities for agriculture, fisheries, natural resources, environment, transportation, infrastructure, industry, science and regional development. It also works closely with other central agencies.

International Affairs, Security and Justice Sector

The International Affairs, Security and Justice Sector (IASJ) supports the Treasury Board in its role as the management board and budget office of the Government of Canada. As such, IASJ performs due diligence reviews of Memoranda to Cabinet and Treasury Board submissions from federal organizations and provides advice to the Treasury Board regarding resource allocation, risks, and policy compliance. This work supports sound decision making, value for money, compliance with rules and policies, and alignment with Government of Canada priorities and objectives.

In addition, IASJ provides strategic advice, guidance and support to federal organizations in their implementation and application of Treasury Board policies, government priorities, risk management strategies, and performance management. It also supports client organizations seeking commonly sought authorities and approvals from the Treasury Board (e.g., financial and expenditure authorities, project and program approvals).  

IASJ works with the federal departments and organizations responsible for international affairs, immigration, international development, defence, justice and security.

Internal Audit and Evaluation Bureau

The Internal Audit and Evaluation Bureau (IAEB) provides independent, objective assurance and evaluation services that are designed to add value to the management of the Secretariat’s programs and operations. IAEB conducts its work in accordance with the Policy on Internal Audit, the Institute of Internal Auditors International Professional Practices Framework and the Policy on Evaluation. It aims to assist the Secretariat in meeting its objectives and the expectations of the Federal Accountability Act through a systematic, disciplined approach to improving the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.

Human Resources Division

The Human Resources Division (HRD) is responsible for providing strategic human resources advice, guidance and services to the Secretariat’s senior management, managers, supervisors and employees.

HRD provides advice, research, analysis and other services to senior management on corporate talent management, unions, demographic profiling, and organizational health indicators.

HRD provides comprehensive and timely advice, guidance and services to employees, managers and supervisors on classification, recruitment, staffing and resourcing, official languages, labour management, employment equity and diversity, training and learning and development, awards and recognition, career planning, compensation and benefits, and human resources information management.

In addition, HRD supports the development, maintenance and operation of PeopleSoft and associated reporting systems for the Central Agency Cluster, which comprises four federal organizations: the Secretariat, the Canada School of Public Service, the Department of Finance Canada, and the Privy Council Office.

Corporate Services Sector

The Corporate Services Sector (CSS) assists the Secretary of the Treasury Board in the internal administration of the Secretariat. Its various directorates provide internal corporate services to the Secretariat and certain shared services to the Department of Finance Canada, the Canada School of Public Service, and the Privy Council Office. The CSS provides support in the areas of financial management, security, information management, information technology, and facilities and materiel management.

Legal Services Branch

The Legal Services Branch provides strategic legal advice to the Treasury Board in its roles as employer, budget office and management board of the Government Canada, as well as to the President of Treasury Board, the Secretariat, and the Canada School of Public Service. It is also responsible for representing the Treasury Board as employer for the core public administration and separate agencies and deputy heads before specialized tribunals and courts of law.

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