Furthermore, as Canada continues to control the pandemic and prepare for an uncertain future, governments face a changed environment that includes major shifts in citizen expectations, increased flexibility of the workforce, reconciliation, the role of government, the use of technology, the delivery of health care, the inequality and marginalization of segments of the population, and the need to reach net zero. How will our federated system of government sort out both longstanding and emerging societal and policy shifts facing Canada today and in the future? Do our public institutions have the capacity and the tools to tackle these known and future challenges effectively?
The project will include a governance review of the Canadian system to determine its impact on the ability of today’s public institutions at all levels to meet tomorrow’s expectations and challenges. It will explore the theory and reality of the distribution and interplay of power and decision-making in Canada between the different orders and institutions of government, including provinces, territories, municipalities and Indigenous governments, in working together collaboratively to deal with the challenges of a post-pandemic world. It will consider whether the public service interactions between the three orders of government are adapting fast enough to the realities of the 21st century. To consider the imperatives, possibilities and risks of digital, the project will also ask how we can ensure that digital technology in government strengthens rather than undermines open, inclusive and secure democratic decision-making.
Other public sector issues to be reviewed include, but are not limited to: the interface between elected politicians and public servants, the role of central agencies, the changing nature of regulation, the digital future, and the skill sets and leadership requirements of a modern public service.
Lord Nick Herbert
The Commission for Smart Government UK
The Hon. Jocelyne Bourgon, President
Public Governance International
George L. Cooke, Chair of the Board of Directors
OMERS Administration Corporation
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