Student Success Centre

About the Federal Public Service

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The federal public service is the engine of the Government of Canada. According to the Treasury Board Secretariat’s Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector, it is made up of over 250,000 public servants who work for their communities and in the interest of Canadians, by direction of the elected government and in accordance with the law. The federal public service employs people to work in a professional and non-partisan manner, and to perform work essential to Canada’s well-being and enduring strength.

The federal public service has an unmatched scope of careers, which have a broad and lasting impact on the lives of Canadians. The diversity of careers in the federal public service means that there is a career to match any interest, and countless opportunities to make a difference. Read about the impact of public servants on the lives of Canadians by the Chief Human Resources Officer.

You will find resources for students and alumni seeking employment in the federal public service under the heading Student Resources. As well, you will find information on opportunities to develop your skills in both Official Languages of Canada.

According to the Clerk of the Privy Council, the federal public service has articulated a commitment to being a world-class public service through Blueprint 2020, a vision for the overarching management agenda of the federal public service. Its guiding principles are:

  1. An open and networked environment that engages citizens and partners for the public good, together with…
  2. A whole-of-government approach that enhances service delivery and value for money, enabled by…
  3. A modern workplace that makes smart use of new technologies to improve networking, access to data and customer service, and…
  4. A capable, confident and high-performing workforce that embraces new ways of working and mobilizing the diversity of talent to serve the country’s evolving needs.

You can get involved in the vision of Blueprint 2020 by entering the National Student Paper Competition on the Future of the Public Service of Canada, through the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. Enter the competition now.