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New Structural Changes to the Government of Canada

By Michael Teeter, Principal
January 2004

The new Martin Government has initiated significant structural changes in Canadian Government Operations.

The December 12, 2003 Federal Cabinet announcements created a number of significant changes to the structure and operations of the Government of Canada. This note itemizes those detailed changes in government operations.

1. The Labour Branch of the old Department of Human Resources Development Canada was formed into a new and separate federal department called Department of Human Resources and Skills Development. Other functions transferred from the old HRDC include parts of: 

  • The Human Investment programs branch, the Employment Programs Branch, the Insurance programs branch, the learning parts of the Strategic Policy Branch, the Homelessness Secretariat and in-person services functions of the old HRDC, the Canada Employment Insurance Commission and the Canada Millennium Scholarships Foundation. The Minister responsible (Hon. Joe Volpe) will be known as the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. 
  • All other functions of the old Human Resources Development Canada will fall into the new Ministry of Social Development (Hon. Liza Frulla). Some of these functions include activities related to the streamlining and automation of services and benefits processing, modernizing services for Canadians and GOL, SIN and Social Insurance Register operations, Channel management activities related to call centres and web-services, the Social Development Partnership Program, the Office of Disability Issues, the Canada Student Loans Program call centre and related web services.

2.The Department of International Trade has been created as a separate government department responsible to the Minister of International Trade (Hon. Jim Peterson). Previously, International Trade was responsible to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, who was assisted by the Minister of State for International Trade. Functions transferred from the Department of Foreign Affairs to the new department of International Trade include:

  • International Business Development Branch; some portions of the Trade, Economic and Environmental Policy Branch, including the Chief Air Negotiator, the Trade Communications Division and other trade parts of the Communications Bureau; all International Business Development functions of various DFA branches, and the trade law division.
  • The following functions will be transferred from the Department of Industry to the new Department of International Trade: Investment Partnerships Canada, Trade Integration Directorate, International Business Opportunities Centre, International Trade Centres, and the International Trade and Policy Branch.


3. The Intelligence and Enforcement Operations Branch of the Department of Citizenship and Immigration have been elevated to departmental status as the "Canada Border Services Agency" reporting to the Solicitor General but "styled as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness". Former CCRA operations which include the Customs Branch, the Customs Operations of the Investigations Directorate of the Compliance Branch, the Customs Appeal Directorate of the Appeals Branch and the regional divisions of the Customs programs (excepting collections) report through the Canada Border Services Agency. Former Canadian Food Inspection Agency Operations Branch providing passenger and initial import inspection services at airports and border points (other than Import Service Centres) have also been transferred to the new Border Agency.

4. The Human Resources Modernization Implementation Secretariat currently located in the Human Resources Management Office of the Treasury Board Secretariat has been formed into a new federal department to be known as the Public Service Human Resources Management Agency of Canada. Functions within the new Agency include parts of the Human Resources Management Office, the Official Languages Branch, the Office of Values and Ethics and the Public Service Integrity Office. The Minister responsible has been transferred from Treasury Board to President of the Queen's Privy Council (Hon. Denis Coderre).

5. The Office of Infrastructure of Canada has been transferred from the Minister of Industry to the Minister of the Environment (Hon. David Anderson).

6. The Office of Indian Residential Schools Resolution of Canada has been transferred from the Minister of Public Works and Government Services to the the President of the Queen's Privy Council (Hon. Denis Coderre).

7. The Public Services Staff Relations Board and the Public Service Staffing Tribunal have been transferred from President of the Queen's Privy Council to the Minister of Canada Heritage (Hon. Helene Scherrer).

8. The Northern Pipeline Agency has been transferred from the Minister for International Trade to the Minister of Natural Resources (Hon. John Efford).

9. Parks Canada Agency was transferred from the Minister of Canadian Heritage to the Minister of the Environment (Hon. David Anderson).

10. The Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness has been transferred from the Department of National Defence to the Solicitor General (Deputy PM McLellan)

11. The National Crime Prevention Centre has been transferred from the Minister of Justice to the Solicitor General (Deputy PM).

12. The Voluntary Sectors Directorate has been transferred from Canadian Heritage to the Minister of Social Development.

13. The following sections of the Chief Information Branch of the Treasury Board Secretariat have been transferred to the Department of Public Works and Government Services: GOL Analysis, Gateways and Clusters, GOL Assistant Secretary's Office, Service Delivery Improvement Division, Secure Channel Client Engagement and Secure Channel Project Management Office;
Organizational Readiness Division and Communications and Public Relations.

14.  Certain portions of the Maritime Programs Directorate (craft safety, marine navigation services, pollution prevention and response and navigable waters have been transferred from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to the Department of Transport.

15.  Canada Lands Company to report through the Minister of the Environment (previously Minister of Transport).

16. The Minister of the Environment will be the reporting Minister for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (previously Minister of Transport).

17. The Minister of the Environment will be the reporting Minister for the Queens Quay West Land Corporation (previously Minister of Transport).

18. The President of the Treasury Board will be the reporting Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board.

19. The Minister of National Revenue (Hon. Stan Keyes) will be the reporting Minister for the Canada Post Corporation.

20. The Control and Supervision of the Royal Canadian Mint will be transferred from the Minister of Transport to the Minister of National Revenue.

21. The Minister of the Environment will be responsible Minister for the National Housing Act.

22. The Minister of Canadian Heritage assumes responsibility for the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act.

23. The President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada assumes responsibility for the Canadian Centre for Management Development.

 





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