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Who We Work For (C218)


Type: Online
Duration: 01:30 hours
Status: Active

Understanding how Canada's non-partisan federal public service serves the democratically elected government is fundamental to all public servants. This online self-paced course examines the functions of Parliament, the Government of Canada and the federal public service, as well as the organizational relationships between these entities. Participants will gain a foundational understanding of how government works and the vital part they play in its critical operations.

Topics include:

  • understanding the role of government and how Canada is governed
  • reviewing the organization of the federal government
  • differentiating between departments and central agencies, and their respective functions
  • exploring common government services

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  • Topics: How government works
  • Community: Employees
  • Audience: Policy specialists
  • Business line: GC and Public Sector Skills
  • Provider: Canada School of Public Service

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