1 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
  • October 3, 20198:30am - 4:30pm
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  • January 23, 20208:30am - 4:30pm
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Context

Canada is one of the world’s great parliamentary democracies, yet our system of government – a distinctive version of the Westminster parliamentary and cabinet system – is not always fully understood, even by those whose chosen career is to serve it. Every public servant, indeed every Canadian, should understand the core principles, practices, institutions and actors in our system, and the relationships among them – from our federal Constitution to the Queen, Governor General and Prime Minister, to Cabinet, both chambers of Parliament, departments and agencies, and the public service itself. If you’ve ever wondered about how Cabinet decision making works, or what exactly is an order in council, or what happens when the House and Senate can’t agree, this course is for you.

Course General Description

This one-day course is a “user guide” for those working in and with the Canadian government and provides an overview of the structures, processes and players of the Canadian government. We will set out the core constitutional and institutional foundations and move to decision making across the system. We will consider not just how things are organized but why, and what that means for you.

Who Should Attend

Those who are new to the federal government, or who require a refresher, will want to take this course. People outside the public service will find it helpful if they are interacting with the federal government or want to know more about the role and functioning of the Canadian government.

What you will gain

Participants will learn about:

  • The Westminster model of government in Canada, including the roles and responsibilities of Parliament, the judiciary, Cabinet and ministers and how these elements work
  • Federalism and fiscal federalism in Canada
  • The role of the PM as the architect and chair of Cabinet and determiner of the machinery of government
  • The planning cycles and decision-making processes surrounding Cabinet and its committees, including the Treasury Board
  • The role of central agencies and their ministers, including the Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board
  • Key features of parliamentary practice and of bodies reporting directly to Parliament
  • The relationship between appointed and elected officials
  • The role of the public servant within the professional public service
  • The current agenda and priorities of the federal government

Who should attend?

Typical attendee profile(s):

All Roles

Those who are new to the federal government, or who require a refresher, will want to take this course. People outside the public service will find it helpful if they are consistently interacting with the federal government or want to know more about the role and functioning of the Canadian government.

What's included

Expert facilitation, lunch and course materials.

Course fee(s)

$990 per attendee

As a not-for-profit organization, the IOG does not charge HST.

Registration is done through an online registration system where you can select to pay by credit card or request an invoice.

Group discounts

If you have more than one person attending, you may be eligible for a group discount. Contact François Gagnon for details at 613-562-0090 x202 or fgagnon@iog.ca.

Main contact

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Reception
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613-562-0090 x200
1 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
  • October 3, 20198:30am - 4:30pm
Register ›
  • January 23, 20208:30am - 4:30pm
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The IOG value-added

All IOG courses are prepared and taught by those who have held senior positions in the federal government. They are guided by a Learning Committee of senior federal government public servants.

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.

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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