The Memoranda to Cabinet Development Process

1 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
  • January 9, 20198:30am - 4:30pm
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This one-day introductory course provides an overview of the process employed in the development of Memoranda to Cabinet (MC), as well as an appreciation of the purpose, structure and mandate of Cabinet and 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 participate in this course?

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 can expect

The course is delivered by seasoned executives who are policy practitioners, using real-time exercises to help you hone your skills and to assess the state of readiness of your Cabinet submission as you take it forward to Cabinet.

Why the Memorandum to Cabinet process is important

In the federal environment, the policy cover and authority required to proceed with new or existing initiatives is obtained by securing Cabinet approval. The requisite Cabinet approval is founded on sound policy advice and evidence furnished to Cabinet Committees, employing the Memorandum to Cabinet for the discussion of key proposals and, ultimately, as an aid in Cabinet decision-making. Departments and central agencies need to work together to develop policy proposals with a whole of government perspective, as well as to make the linkages within and among key policy issues and priorities, to ensure that efforts in one area also support progress in other areas. The development of Cabinet submissions must be closely aligned with commitments set out in key Government of Canada agendas and documents. Crafting successful Memoranda to Cabinet is an important skill set for federal public servants who are working on vitally important policy and program initiatives that matter to Canadians.

What you will gain

Participants will learn:

• How to develop Cabinet submissions and to follow process requirements
• How to ensure the MC is well-received
• How to engage central agencies in the Cabinet submission development process
• How to effectively draft Ministerial Recommendations
• 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 one person attending, you may be eligible for a group discount. Contact Gérard Étienne for details at 613-562-0090 x237 or

Main contact

613-562-0090 x200
1 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
  • January 9, 20198:30am - 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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This course is offered in a bundle

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