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The Government of Canada aims to provide the highest quality of service to the public. To achieve this, it commits to excellence in four areas critical to a well-performing public sector:
Results for Canadians is about modernizing government management in order to respond to Canadians' changing expectations and priorities.
In June 1997, the Prime Minister designated the Treasury Board as the government's management board.
The management board philosophy recognizes that in an institution as big as the Government of Canada, one-size-fits-all management does not work.
In this context, the management board as well as headquarters units in departments and agencies must strive to achieve a balance. On the one hand, they must be flexible enough on the delegation of decision-making authority and on administrative rules to support initiative and common sense. On the other hand, they must be sufficiently rigorous on standards and control systems to ensure clear accountability.
This means moving toward a management regime based on leadership and values, well-defined standards and sound risk management, with the right systems in place at all times to ensure effective control.
The Treasury Board and its Secretariat retain their traditional responsibilities:
In addition to these traditional roles, the management board is also expected to provide a comprehensive view of government operations and to provide sustained leadership in the improvement of management practices.
Departments, agencies and the management board must work together to achieve government-wide priorities for management change.
Currently work is being done across government on the following medium-term initiatives: