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Understanding the Expenditure Management System


10 mars 2017 8:30 à 4:30 Inscription

Type d'événements: Cour

This course offers practical tips and strategies for understanding, addressing and working with the reporting and accountability requirements of the current Expenditure Management System (EMS) that is an essential element in developing and delivering programs, polices and services to Canadians.

Who should participate in this course?

This course will be of interest to federal policy and program staff as well as corporate services audit and evaluation staff who are trying to understand and apply the EMS requirements within the government’s broader fiscal priority-setting agenda.

Participants be able to:

  • The history and rationale of the federal expenditure process
  • The role of Parliament, of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts in reviewing federal spending plans
  • The role of the Auditor General of Canada
  • The role and expectations of Deputy Ministers and Departments
  • Accountability tests being applied to federal spending and related rationales and expectations of central agencies
  • How organizations identify savings to meet expenditure management commitments
  • How to work with the cycles, processes, critical elements, from inception to reporting and strategic review
  • Who makes the decisions and how can they be supported and/or influenced

Course fee

The cost of this course is $890 (no HST) per person. The price includes expert facilitation, lunch and course materials. Registration is done through an online registration system where you can select to pay by credit card or request an invoice.

Why this is important

The Expenditure Management System (EMS) provides a framework in the Government of Canada for developing and implementing federal expenditure plans and it furnishes the evidence needed to allocate monies to key government priorities through the fiscal and budget processes. The EMS is intended to ensure value for money for all government spending. As an ongoing feature of this process, strategic reviews were also introduced to identify and to re-allocate funds from lower priority and lower performing program activities to higher priority, higher-performing activities. The results of these reviews are then reflected in Budget cycle documents.

A modern, effective Expenditure Management System (EMS) is fundamental to Parliament and Canadians.  The Federal Government has underscored its commitment to developing a new approach to managing overall spending to ensure that all government programs are effective, efficient, are focused on results for Canadians and provide value for taxpayer.  At the recent Summit of the G8/G20, Canada along with other nations, agreed to better manage its expenditures in an effort to reduce its deficit and debt, and this will undoubtedly have an impact on government expenditures in general and, particularly, in the context of departmental strategic reviews.

The IOG value-added

All IOG courses are prepared and taught be those who have held senior positions in the federal government. They are guided by a Learning Committee of senior federal government public servants which is chaired by the DM of Industry Canada, John Knubley.

For those who wish to have an adapted course that is specific to their issues and requirements, customized course offerings can be delivered on request for branches, teams or groups, in English or French in any part of the country. For more information, contact Learning Lab.

The IOG also offers the Coaching Circle, to assist executives and officers at all levels of government as well as non-profit and other organizations in the development of their leadership skills.


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