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This report has been prepared by the Enhanced Management Framework Division of the Chief Information Officer Branch, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, in support of the OECD project on Management of Large Information Technology (IT) Projects in the Public Sector.

The OECD project aims at finding out what it takes for Governments to secure success in their management of large public IT investments, and what lessons can be learnt from past failures. It addresses the issues of governance, monitoring and risk management of such projects.

This country report is structured into four sections. Section 1 provides a synopsis of the general institutional framework put in place by the Canadian government to improve the success rate of Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT) investments. Section 2 of the report contains a number of case studies which provide actual examples of successes and failures, while Section 3 identifies the key lessons learned from recent projects on how failures can be avoided and success facilitated. Finally Section 4 contains references to further material on the management of large public IT projects.