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Departmental Plan 2018–2019: Raison d'être, Mandate and Role

Raison d'être

The School has a legislative mandate to provide a range of learning activities to build individual and organizational capacity and management excellence within the public service.

As its core responsibility, the Canada School of Public Service provides common learning to all employees of the core public service to serve Canadians with excellence.

Mandate and role

The School was established on April 1, 2004, under the Public Service Modernization Act and is operating under the authority of the Canada School of Public Service Act (CSPS Act).

Under the CSPS Act, the School has the following mandate:

  • encourage pride and excellence in the public service
  • foster a common sense of purpose, values and traditions in the public service
  • support deputy heads in meeting the learning needs of their organizations
  • pursue excellence in public management and administration

In this regard, the School acts much like a corporate university for its client organizations. It supports common public service learning at all levels nationwide and across the core public service, while these federal organizations focus on their own mandate-specific training and development.

The School's learning opportunities promote a culture of innovation, measurement and evaluation while supporting government-wide priorities. The School collaborates with other organizations from within and beyond the federal public service to develop and deliver accessible, practical learning products that respond to government priorities and corresponding public service learning needs in a timely and accessible way.

For more information on the department's organizational mandate letter commitments, see the Minister's mandate letter.

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