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The Journey Continues: The Second Report to Canadians on Implementing An Accord Between the Government of Canada and the Voluntary Sector

Background Paper: Government of Canada Implementation

A. The Foundations for Change


Susan Scotti (Chair)
Assistant Deputy Minister
Income Security Programs
Social Development Canada

Marie-Josée Thivierge (Vice-Chair)
Assistant Deputy Minister Learning Branch
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Stephen Rigby
Assistant Commissioner
Policy and Legislation Branch
Canada Customs and Revenue Agency

Scott Broughton
Assistant Deputy Minister
Population and Public Health Branch
Health Canada

Mike Sheridan
Assistant Chief Statistician
Social Institutions and Labour Statistics Field
Statistics Canada

Mary Carman
Associate Assistant Deputy Minister
Spectrum Information Technology and Telecommunications
Industry Canada

Bill Austin
Assistant Secretary
Treasury Board Secretariat

Réal Bouchard
Director, Social Policy
Finance Canada

Jennifer Benimadhu
Canadian International Development Agency

Eileen Sarkar (former Chair)
Assistant Deputy Minister
Citizenship and Heritage
Canadian Heritage

What individual departments are doing

At a departmental level, substantial efforts have been made to put in place organizational structures that support implementation of the Accord and Codes. As the government-wide survey demonstrated, of the 39 departments that submitted completed surveys:

  • three quarters said they have a champion in place to oversee their implementation progress
  • slightly more than half have an implementation team to support the champion
  • almost three quarters have a structure established for discussion and analysis of issues related to the Accord
  • two thirds have structures in place to bring departmental and voluntary sector people together to examine issues of mutual interest
  • of the 30 reporting departments with regional offices, more than half have regional involvement in Accord implementation and four out of ten have a regional structure in place for implementation


The President’s Voluntary Sector Committee meets regularly to discuss current and emerging voluntary sector issues. As well, each of the organization’s 13 institutes has an advisory board that includes at least one voluntary sector representative and one person who focuses on partnerships with the voluntary sector. CIHR also has a “Partnerships Best Practices” working group that explores ways of enhancing its relationships, including collaboration with voluntary sector partners.


Describing its relationship with voluntary sector partners as “solid and dynamic,” the CEAA uses a broad range of public consultation mechanisms, including a public registry, to promote effective public participation in environmental assessments. As well, the CEAA’s regulatory multi stakeholder committee includes environmental and Aboriginal groups, as well as industry associations.

Working in partnership with Health Canada and voluntary sector organizations, the department supported the flow of funding to various community-based veterans organizations through the Population Health Fund.

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Last Updated: 2019-08-19