The Memoranda to Cabinet Development Process

0 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
This course has no upcoming sessions scheduled.


In the Government of Canada, the policy authority required to proceed with major initiatives, such as new programs, legislation, or cross-cutting initiatives, is obtained by securing Cabinet approval. The key informational and analytic support for such approval – the document through which a Minister makes a case to his or her colleagues – is the Memorandum to Cabinet (MC). The information required in a MC is determined by the prime minister and reflects the government’s views of what is needed for sound decision making, but in all cases there is a need for sound evidence, expert policy advice, and robust strategic planning to support the deliberations of Cabinet committees and Cabinet itself. The development of a MC is a major undertaking in which lead departments and central agencies must work together to develop policy proposals with a whole of government perspective that recognize the linkages among key policy issues and priorities and are closely aligned with commitments set out in key Government of Canada documents. Crafting successful MCs is an important skill set for federal public servants who are working on vitally important policy and program initiatives that matter to Canadians.

Course General Description

This one-day introductory course provides an overview of the process employed in the development of MCs, as well as an appreciation of the purpose, structure and mandate of Cabinet and its key committees. The course walks you through each step of the development of your key recommendations for Cabinet consideration, and covers the roles played by central agencies in reviewing your Cabinet submissions.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for policy professionals and program officers who possess less than three years of experience and for those who require an understanding of the Memorandum to Cabinet development process in order to function more effectively in their roles.

What you will gain

Participants will learn:

  • When a MC is required and when it is not
  • The process requirements of a MC, including roles and responsibilities of the key players
  • How the MC template is structured and why: what Ministers want to know
  • What distinguishes a good MC
  • How to effectively draft Ministerial Recommendations
  • How to engage with central agencies in the MC development process
  • How to ensure that you are achieving critical policy milestones How to harness resources found in departmental and other knowledge networks to foster a successful outcome for your submission.

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 two people attending, you may be eligible for a group discount. Contact us for details at 613-562-0090 or

Main contact

613-562-0090 x200
0 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
This course has no upcoming sessions scheduled.

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