How Government Works (G203)


Type: Classroom
Duration: 22:30 hours
Status: Active

Understanding the machinery of government helps managers to work more effectively within the federal system. This course explores How government works with the help of guest speakers and the analysis of current legislation. Participants will have the opportunity to learn what actually happens behind the scenes in the government system.

Topics include:

  • roles of departments and central agencies and how they work together
  • key players in the government process inside and outside the public service
  • communication within the federal government (between Ottawa and the regions)
  • communication with outside stakeholders (lobbyists and pressure groups)
  • the complex factors that influence decisions


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More about this course
  • Topics: How government works
  • Community: Employees; Executives; Directors; Functional specialists
  • Audience: Policy specialists
  • Business line: GC and Public Sector Skills
  • Provider: Canada School of Public Service

Upcoming offerings

There are no available offerings for this course at the moment.

All on-site classroom courses have been suspended until further notice. However, virtual classroom and online self-paced courses, including required training and language maintenance tools, remain available for registration through your GCcampus account.

Note: GCcampus is accessible through public networks. You do not need to connect to the GC network to log in.



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