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Planning and Corporate Management Practices Directorate

The Directorate provides departmental leadership and strategic advice in the development and implementation of broad-based management accountability initiatives. These initiatives include: the Management Accountability Framework, integrated risk management. The Directorate is responsible for Health Canada's annual planning and reporting cycle. It provides secretariat services to the Senior Management Board Sub-Committee on Finance, Evaluation and Accountability.

The Directorate is also responsible for annual Branch planning and reporting and is a focal point for the delivery of Branch management services such as values and ethics, employment equity and diversity, internal communications, the Branch intranet and workplace health.

Key Activities:

  • Providing corporate leadership in developing and implementing a broad range of department-wide or government directed programs and initiatives in Health Canada to address the government's priorities of managing for results (e.g. Portfolio Policy and Corporate Services Review);
  • Developing strategies to communicate, build understanding and lead the institutionalization of the government's management agenda in Health Canada;
  • Providing corporate, department-wide coordination and direction for Integrated Risk Management, including development of the Department's Corporate Risk Profile;
  • Providing corporate leadership in directing and managing the implementation of the Management Accountability Framework (MAF) in the Department;
  • Being the Departmental focal point to address the Treasury Board Portfolio assessment and reporting requirements for the MAF;
  • Developing and publishing the Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP), the Departmental Operational Plan (DOP), and the Departmental Performance Report (DPR);
  • Liaising with a large planning community and supports Health Canada's management with information, processes, tools and guidance to effectively and efficiently manage planning and reporting;
  • Designing and developing the Chief Financial Officer Branch (CFOB) Business Plan and coordinating the Branch Human Resources Plan as well as the Branch Operational Planning process; and
  • Providing certain management services to the Branch, specifically, continuous learning, departmental databases and website, and Employee Recognition.

Organizational Units

The following areas carry out the mandate of the Directorate:

Branch Operations and Coordination Division

The Branch Operations and Coordination Division is responsible for Branch Strategic Planning; Branch Human Resources Strategy; and Branch integrated planning which includes operational, human resources and other corporate functions, in consultation with directorate planners; develops and improves on processes and tools; monitors, analyses and summarizes mid-year and year-end reviews. It coordinates and develops the Directorate responses to departmental planning and reporting activities such as the Departmental Performance Report, the Report on Plans and Priorities, and the Departmental Integrated Planning.

The Division manages for the Directorate, leads for the Branch, working in partnership with colleagues across the branch to review, analyze and report on activities such as awards and recognition, learning and development, special events, branch all staff meetings, workplace health, diversity and employment equity, Public Service Employee Survey, internal communications, and the intranet. It also manages financial, contracting, human resources and administrative operations services at the directorate level.

Integrated Planning and Reporting Division

The Integrated Planning and Reporting Division (IPRD) is responsible for the Health Canada's annual planning and reporting cycle so that the department can provide the key departmental planning and performance reporting documents that will support both the Government's efforts to effectively plan and evaluate its performance, and Parliament's budgetary, appropriation and accountability functions.

As part of the its core responsibilities, IPRD is the departmental lead for developing and implementing integrated planning processes based on the vertical alignment of strategic and operational planning and the horizontal integration of finance, human resources, Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT), and other corporate enablers. Various documents are developed and published, including the Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP), the Departmental Operational Plan (DOP), and the Departmental Performance Report (DPR). The Division is also responsible for the administration of the Management, Resources and Results Structure (MRRS), which includes the Program Activity Architecture (PAA). It liaises with a large planning community, including branch planners and functional leads, such as Finance, Human Resources, IM/IT, Facilities and supports Health Canada's management with information, processes, tools and guidance to effectively and efficiently manage planning and reporting.

Management Accountability Division

The Management Accountability Division is the departmental focal point for integrated departmental reporting on management accountability. Through a network of departmental contacts, the Division coordinates the HC response to the Treasury Board Portfolio's annual Next link will take you to another Web site Management Accountability Framework assessment exercise and develops tools and improved processes to increase awareness and facilitate reporting. The Division also provides support to the Chief Financial Officer in his role as Chair of one of the department's main accountability committees - the Senior Management Board Sub-Committee on Finance, Evaluation and Accountability.

Office of Integrated Risk Management

The Office of Integrated Risk Management (OIRM) is the departmental lead in developing and implementing an integrated risk management framework and the Corporate Risk Profile to identify, manage and report on corporate risks. The OIRM liaises with central agencies on matters of integrated risk management and supports Health Canada's management and staff in Branches, Regions and areas of functional expertise with information, processes, tools or guidance to effectively and efficiently manage corporate risks towards achieving objectives.