From June 11 to June 17, 2017
Permanent theme: "Proudly Serving Canadians"

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 background and materials

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.

Over the years, NPSW has become a truly national campaign that respects and reflects the diversity of the public service of Canada and of the country itself. It is an opportune time to be creative and inclusive, instill pride in our community, and develop partnerships with other communities. We are positive that with your hard work and enthusiasm, NPSW 2017 will prove to be as successful as it has been in previous years.

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.

The following has been developed to help you and your volunteers plan and organize your NPSW events. Outlined are basics on the national-level planning process and the promotional material available to you.


Funding for events for departments, agencies and regional federal councils is provided from departmental budgets.

Roles and responsibilities

The Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO): Our role

OCHRO is the national coordinator for NPSW. It develops a national communications strategy, including corporate messages for use by departments and agencies. It also assists National Departmental Coordinators.

National Departmental Coordinators: Your role

Each department and agency is responsible for appointing its own National Departmental Coordinator to organize its departmental activities.

Each coordinator is key to the success of NPSW. It is the coordinator’s responsibility to coordinate events for their organizations.

List of NPSW Departmental coordinators.

Promotional materials

Promotional materials for NPSW 2017 will be available shortly.

Related links

Date modified: