National Public Service Week

Proudly serving Canadians for 150 years!

Federal public servants deliver a wide range of programs and services that support the work of the Government of Canada and the needs of Canadians in their day-to-day lives. The government would not function without the commitment of the individuals who make up the public service.


National Public Service Week (NPSW) was created in 1992, following the passage of the National Public Service Week: Serving Canadians Better Act. Its objective is to “recognize the value of the services rendered by federal public service employees” and to “acknowledge the contribution of federal public service employees to the federal administration.” NPSW was designed to promote pride in and recognition of the public service of Canada by providing internal recognition, and by raising Canadians’ awareness of the excellence of the public service.

In accordance with the Act, every year throughout Canada, the third week of the month of June is known as “National Public Service Week,” with the week ending on the third Saturday of the month and beginning the previous Sunday. In 2017, NPSW will take place from June 11 to 17.

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National Public Service Week - Transcript

At the end of this month Canadians from coast to coast to coast will mark 150 years of Confederation. And so it is very fitting that June also marks a Government of Canada milestone – the 25th annual National Public Service Week.

“Public service,” unlike so many words and phrases we use in government, says exactly what it means:  Service, to the public.

Your perseverance, dedication and professionalism are what makes this country work, and has made it such a global success, for such a long time. On the opening day of this week to celebrate this year’s theme -- “Proudly Serving Canadians for 150 Years” -- I could not be prouder or more respectful of your achievements.

Among you are man of the brightest and most creative minds in the country, and my mandate is to give you the resources, incentives and confidence and the tools to make the leap to providing exceptional 21st century services for Canadians.

Have fun participating in the week’s events and celebrate together, for this country’s success is your success.

Let National Public Service Week begin! 

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