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Appendix J: Definitions

Name Definition
Treasury Board Is a statutory committee of Cabinet established under the Financial Administration Act. It consists of six ministers, including the President of the Treasury Board (Chairperson) and the Minister of Finance, who meet regularly to consider submissions sponsored by federal organizations.
Cabinet The Cabinet decides the government's priorities and policies, determines the legislation that will be presented to Parliament, and approves departmental spending and allocates funds. The Cabinet consists of all ministers who are appointed on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.
Privy Council Office A formal advisory body to the Crown appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Clerk of the Privy Council is the most senior non-political official in the Government of Canada and provides professional, non-partisan support.
Prcis Document prepared by the Secretariat and addressed to Treasury Board. It contains Secretariat recommendations on Treasury Board submissions.
Expenditure Management Information System The Expenditure Management Information System (EMIS) is an integrated and secure budget office system that supports the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) in fulfilling its expenditure management role.
Change Agenda Defined in Context
TBS Program Sectors These sectors, which support Treasury Board in its role as the government's management board and budget office, include the Economic Sector, the International Affairs, Security and Justice Sector, the Social and Cultural Sector, and the Government Operations Sector. They are the "single window" for departments to TBS on a wide range of issues, from Treasury Board submissions to Management Accountability Framework (MAF) assessments.
Treasury Board Submission Centre As part of the Strategic Communications and Ministerial Affairs Branch, the Treasury Board Submission Centre (the Centre) provides the Secretariat, the Treasury Board, and other federal government institutions with support services and expert advice on the processes and procedures for submissions (which includes maintaining and enforcing deadlines).
TBS Boot Camps Two-day orientation sessions that provide participants with a general overview of TBS roles, initiatives, and business. There are currently boot camps on 12 different topics, which range from "The Business of Supply and the Estimates Process" to "Crown Corporations."
Management, Resources, and Results Structures The Policy on Management, Resources, and Results Structures supports the development of a common, government-wide approach to planning and managing the relationship between resource expenditures and results while serving as a consistent and enduring foundation for collecting, managing, and reporting financial and non-financial information to Parliament.
Strategic Reviews Strategic reviews are departmental assessments of all direct program  spending to ensure programs are managed effectively and efficiently. These reviews support a more rigorous results-based approach to managing taxpayer dollars responsibly and delivering effective and efficient programs that can better meet the priorities of Canadians.