Organizational overview - 2015–16 Departmental Performance Report - Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Section I: Organizational overview

Organizational profile

Minister: The Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board

Organizational head: Yaprak Baltacıoğlu, Secretary of the Treasury Board

Ministerial portfolio: The minister’s portfolio consists of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the Canada School of Public Service, as well as the following organizations, which operate at arm’s length and report to Parliament through the President of the Treasury Board: the Public Sector Pension Investment Board, the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada and the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada.

Related legislation: The Financial Administration Act is the act that establishes the Treasury Board itself and gives it powers with respect to the financial, personnel and administrative management of the public service, and the financial requirements of Crown corporations.

Year established: 1966

Raison d’être

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

The Treasury Board is a committee of Cabinet. It is responsible for accountability and ethics; financial, personnel and administrative management; comptrollership; and approving regulations and most orders-in-council.

Roles and responsibilities

The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat has four principal roles. Figure 1 indicates those roles and outlines the responsibilities related to each.

Figure 1: Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat roles and responsibilities

Spending oversight

Reviews spending proposals and authorities; reviews existing and proposed government programs for efficiency, effectiveness and relevance; and provides Parliament and Canadians with information on government spending.

Regulatory oversight

Develops and oversees policies to promote good regulatory practices; reviews proposed regulations to ensure that they adhere to the requirements of government policy; and advances regulatory cooperation across jurisdictions.

Administrative leadership

Leads government‑wide initiatives; develops policies and sets the strategic direction for government administration related to service delivery and access to government information, as well as the management of assets, finances, information and technology.


Develops policies and sets the strategic direction for people management in the public service; manages total compensation (including pensions and benefits) and labour relations; undertakes initiatives to improve performance in support of recruitment and retention objectives.

Key facts

$155.8 billion in planned statutory spending (2015–16)

$95.3 billion in planned voted expenditures (2015–16)

$99.0 billion in direct program spending (2015–16)

200 government‑wide policy instruments

$7.4 billion in internal services spending across government (2015–16)

There are about 2,600 regulations across all federal regulators.

About 25,000 full-time employees perform regulatory functions in the federal government.

About 190,000 employees work in the core public administration.

About 163,000 unionized members are represented by 15 bargaining agents.

For more information on the Secretariat and its responsibilities, see the Organizational Structure section of the Secretariat’s website.

Strategic outcome and program alignment architecture

The Strategic Outcome that the Secretariat strives to achieve and the programs that contribute to it are as follows:

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