Government of Canada Employee Contact Information

Government Electronic Directory Services (GEDS) provides public access to Government of Canada employee contact information as provided by participating departments.

Encoded with the Latin Alphabet 1 (ISO 8859-1) character set.

This is the dataset that contains all of the raw data within the Government of Canada Employee Contact Information system, not the searchable lookup. To search for contact information, please go to Government Electronic Directory Services (GEDS). (​​http://geds20-sage20.ssc-spc.gc.ca/en/GEDS20/?rd=1)

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GEDS - Government of Canada Employee Contacts Dataset CSV English
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Comments

Please provide this file in UTF-8 encoding or at least indicate which encoding it is. Without it, it’s tough to work with, as the accents will appear wonky.

Is there any chance that this CSV could be updated automatically when there is a change in your database? I can already spot some discrepancy between the live data and this CSV export.

The following comment has been posted on Shared Services Canada's behalf: "We are currently preparing for a new release of GEDS which contains an API which is better suited for making available an up-to-date image of the GEDS data. This is expected Q1 2014-2015". Thanks, Data.gc.ca

Is this API available? If so, how is it accessible? If not, when is it expected to be accessible?

Hi We opted for a nightly refresh of the GEDS data rather than an API to be less resource intensive. That said, if you have preferences please let us know. Thank you, The open-ouvert team

I have a question regarding GoC employee email addresses. In some cases, GEDS provide both the email address along with the phone number of employees. In other cases, only the phone number is provided. Looking at GEDS' FAQ, I note that posting email addresses is left to the discretion of individual departments and agencies. While I appreciate email addresses (and phone numbers, for that matter) of highly sensitive positions such as our Armed Forces personnel, CSIS employees etc., surely the default protocol should be for all email addresses to be available unless a business case can be made for an exemption. This would go a long way to promoting open & transparent government. Is this issue being addressed currently at TBS, CIO etc.? Thank you.

Thank you for your feedback. We have forwarded your comment to the dataset provider for their response.

How often is this dataset updated? It would be helpful to know how recent the data is and when it was last updated. Thank you!

Thank you for your feedback. We have forwarded your comment to the dataset provider for their response.

Thanks for putting this up here. Having this data up-to-date would be very useful. As it is, this data is outdated and not-so relevant/reliable. What about daily dumps?

Thank you for your comment. The response below has been posted on behalf of the data owner: "There will be a new version of GEDS released very soon that will have the data always up to date".

Who do I contact directly to remove my name from GEDS

Contact your (former) department or agency's data administrator(s) [see http://geds20-sage20.ssc-spc.gc.ca/en/GEDS20/?pgid=007]. You can send GEDS comments by e-mail to SSCDirect500GEDS.SPCDirect500SAGE@ssc-spc.gc.ca.

The whole system changed? How can we search by title within a specific Department?

Hello, For questions/comments on the GEDS "database" *, you can send feedback by e-mail to SSCDirect500GEDS.SPCDirect500SAGE@ssc-spc.gc.ca. * Not to be confused with the GEDS "dataset" at data.gc.ca

Not too easy to download. My version of Windows doesn't like it.

The following response is posted on behalf of Shared Services Canada (SSC): It is a standard compressed (zipped) file. SSC suggests that you conduct a Google search on how to best download a zip file for the version of Windows you are using.

Are you having a proxy server problem ? I cannot access any version of GEDS. thank you

Thank you for posting this. It is the right thing to do in the interests of transparency and responsible communication. One difficulty: the update needs to be more frequent - many numbers are no longer in service. Perhaps a greater issue at the moment since the provider was changed and many telephone numbers along with it.

government always trying to make this easier but, make them harder. just a waste of money and time.

Thank you for your comment. The following response has been provided by the data owner : "Can you please let us know how you feel it's harder and we are here to provide assistance".

this has become the most useless site, guess government wasting money again. Technical staff are in tune with the needs of the people and you really don't care what our needs our. Just making it more difficult to access information and obtain contact information for government employees. useless

The GEDS “database” * residing at one of Shared Services Canada's websites: http://geds.gc.ca/en/GEDS/ should be of help. * Not to be confused with the GEDS "dataset" accessible here at data.gc.ca For questions/comments on the GEDS "database", you can send feedback by e-mail to SSCDirect500GEDS.SPCDirect500SAGE@ssc-spc.gc.ca.

Thank you for your comment. The following response has been posted on behalf of the data owner "Can you please elaborate on your needs? You can contact open-ouvert@tbs-sct.gc.ca to discuss them in more detail. Thank you."

Keyword here is "as provided by participating departments" Apparently, CIC is not participating

Thank you for your feedback. We have forwarded your comment to CIC/the dataset provider for their response.

Why were these changes made? You can't search by department like before, you can't see who works where if you look by Group or department? Was this done on purpose? I truly feel that this is the worst "Improvement" ever done to a website!

The GEDS “database” * residing at one of Shared Services Canada's websites: http://geds.gc.ca/en/GEDS/ should be of help. You can browse the contents of a department or agency by clicking on "Department Listing" (http://geds.gc.ca/en/GEDS?pgid=012). * Not to be confused with the GEDS "dataset" accessible here at data.gc.ca For questions/comments on the GEDS "database", you can send feedback by e-mail to SSCDirect500GEDS.SPCDirect500SAGE@ssc-spc.gc.ca.

It used to be a fairly simple tool where one could sort through by department, organization... this excel spreadsheet is now really difficult to manipulate, search without having to build and extensively manipulate... and i`m not quite sure if i will be successfull in finding, for instance, who is the manager of a particular program in a specific department... when i don`t know where that program resides in that said department... In fact, the previous tool was one of my favorites web locations that i have used regularly for the past 15 years. It is now rendered almost useless.

The GEDS “database” * residing at one of Shared Services Canada's websites: http://geds.gc.ca/en/GEDS/ should be of help. You can browse the contents of a department or agency by clicking on "Department Listing" (http://geds.gc.ca/en/GEDS?pgid=012). From there, using the “Advanced Search” function, you can search via the “title” option. (See GEDS Resources “Help” related entry at http://geds.gc.ca/en/GEDS?pgid=004.) * Not to be confused with the GEDS "dataset" accessible here at data.gc.ca For questions/comments on the GEDS "database", you can send feedback by e-mail to SSCDirect500GEDS.SPCDirect500SAGE@ssc-spc.gc.ca.

What happened to the good old "GEDS" where it was easy to look up a public servant or find someone in a particular position. Something that was so user-friendly in the past is now totally unusable. How disappointing and how frustrating.

You are probably seeking the GEDS “database”, i.e. rather than the GEDS “dataset”. The GEDS “database” resides at one of Shared Services Canada's websites at: http://geds.gc.ca. In contrast, the GEDS “dataset” is accessible from here at data.gc.ca. (The dataset drives the GEDS database, but it is not the actual database.) For questions/comments on the GEDS "database", you can send feedback by e-mail to SSCDirect500GEDS.SPCDirect500SAGE@ssc-spc.gc.ca.

Yes, I will second that what happen to the GEDS that was user friendly. Is it the governments task to spend more money to make things more complicated!! Why fix something that works perfectly!!! Wow, unbelievable. Your new employees directory is absolutely a waste of time.

You are probably seeking the GEDS “database”, i.e. rather than the GEDS “dataset”. The GEDS “database” resides at one of Shared Services Canada's websites at: http://geds.gc.ca. In contrast, the GEDS “dataset” is accessible from here at data.gc.ca. (The dataset drives the GEDS database, but it is not the actual database.) For questions/comments on the GEDS "database", you can send feedback by e-mail to SSCDirect500GEDS.SPCDirect500SAGE@ssc-spc.gc.ca.

vous avez encore compliqué les choses pour rien. Je n"ai pas réussi a obtenir le service car je n'ai pas accès alors qu'avant c'était si simple il suffisait de taper le nom de la personne que vous recherchiez.

Vous cherchez probablement la « base de données » SAGE, c'est-à-dire plutôt que le « jeu de données » SAGE. La « base de données » SAGE demeure à un des sites web de Services partagés Canada à : http://sage.gc.ca. Par contraste, le « jeu de données » SAGE est accessible à partir du site web donnees.gc.ca. (Le jeu de données actionne la base de données SAGE, mais il ne s'agit pas de la base de données elle-même.) Pour des questions/commentaires sur la base de données SAGE, vous pouvez envoyer de la rétroaction par courriel à SSCDirect500GEDS.SPCDirect500SAGE@ssc-spc.gc.ca.

Google searches for GEDs currently direct a lot of people to this page instead of the "online telephone book". Perhaps you could clearly indicate at the beginning of this page that this is not the online telephone book and provide a hyperlink to it to reduce how often you have to post answers about this? In addition, perhaps you could work with those hosting the website for the online telephone book to improve their keywords so that search engines will pull it up.

Thank you for your feedback. We have forwarded your comment to the dataset provider for their response.

This suggestion from 3 months ago would be so easy to implement. It would eliminate most of the complaints and confusion indicated in the comments on this page. Yet the suggestion seems to have been ignored, other than getting a stock answer. Please look into this suggestion.

I keep getting 502 Proxy errors.

From which page are you getting the 502 Proxy errors, the GEDS dataset page, i.e. http://data.gc.ca/data/en/dataset/8ec4a9df-b76b-4a67-8f93-cdbc2e040098?

I am a retired civil servant and I am looking for the email address of my brother who works for the government to send him a birthday card. How come this information is no longer available? or if it is, where can we find it? A disgrunted citizen...

You are probably seeking the GEDS “database”, i.e. rather than the GEDS “dataset”. The GEDS “database” resides at one of Shared Services Canada's websites at: http://geds.gc.ca *. In contrast, the GEDS “dataset” is accessible from here at data.gc.ca. (The dataset drives the GEDS database, but it is not the actual database.) * Specifically, from the "General Search" page (http://geds.gc.ca/en/GEDS?pgid=002), you can enter names to query. For questions/comments on the GEDS "database", you can send feedback by e-mail to SSCDirect500GEDS.SPCDirect500SAGE@ssc-spc.gc.ca.

I am looking fir a phone number, I do not want to download the whole GEDS... this is ridiculous

You are probably seeking the GEDS “database”, i.e. rather than the GEDS “dataset”. The GEDS “database” resides at one of Shared Services Canada's websites at: http://geds.gc.ca In contrast, the GEDS “dataset” is accessible from here at data.gc.ca. (The dataset drives the GEDS database, but it is not the actual database.) For questions/comments on the GEDS "database", you can send feedback by e-mail to SSCDirect500GEDS.SPCDirect500SAGE@ssc-spc.gc.ca.

What happened to the online search engine? This dataset is of no help whatsoever in finding the right person for anything. There is no multi-cell search function for first and last name.

Many of the user comments are answered with "Thank you for your feedback. We have forwarded your comment to the dataset provider for their response." For each of those answers, we would expect to later see their response. Yet, for not one of these answers, is their response posted. Please add their responses.

this is typical of shared services take an easy to use site and screw it up now totally useless ,Why the change when it worked perfect before .Also the emails of people in my department do not connect ,What is wrong with you at ssc . \do some testing before implementation

Trying to find a phone number. From the comment trail, GEDS is no longer available?

When will the API be released?

The work chart structure is missing, i.e. "","","","","","","","","","","","NRCAN-RNCAN","Natural Resources Canada", It would be useful to have some levels down into the organizational structure of the organizations.

Sorry, I was mistaken. The "","","","","","","","","","","","NRCAN-RNCAN" is actually (from the csv first line): PO Box (EN),PO Box (FR),Mailstop,Building (EN),Building (FR),Floor,Room,Administrative Assistant,Administrative Assistant Telephone Number,Executive Assistant,Executive Assistant Telephone Number,Department Acronym So my request is then: please add the hierarchical organizational structure information (organigram) to this dataset, as in: http://sage-geds.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/en/GEDS?pgid=014&dn=ou%3DIBP-IPE%2C+ou%3DSDIPD-OSIDP%2C+ou%3DSDPDM-OSDPM%2C+ou%3DCSPS-EFPC%2C+o%3DGC%2C+c%3DCA which shows: Canada School of Public Service ----Strategic Directions, Program Development and Marketing ------Strategic Directions, Innovation and Program Development --------Policy and Innovation Something like: org struct 1, org struct 2, org struct 3, .... org struct N where "N" is a big enough number top handle the depth of 99% of organizational structures. I am guessing N=10 would probably work.

Thank you for your recommendation, we are sending the to the data owner.

Thank you for your comment. The following response has been posted on behalf of the data owner : "Columns indicating organization structure were added to the GEDS dataset"

Very difficult to work with. Old entries that are not valid came up.

Hi, The spreadsheet is not protected cells and can be resaved not a good thing!

Last year you commented that there was an API in the works. What is the status? When will the API be released?

Hi Pierre, We opted for a nightly refresh of the GEDS data rather than an API to be less resource intensive. That said, if you have preferences please let us know. Thank you, The open-ouvert team

The print-out format today (July 28, 2015) is terrible. It has a lot of info I don't need, e.g., Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (?pgid=014&dn=OU%3DAANDC-AADNC%2CO% etc.). What are all these question marks and percentages for? Do I need them for anything? And the listing doesn't give me the full title of the person I am looking up.

The following is posted on behalf of Shared Services Canada (SSC): The appearance of URLs appearing on printouts where the page contains links is a result of the recent update to the templates on GEDS to WET 4 (http://wet-boew.github.io/wet-boew/index-en.html). You can see this same effect when printing pages on http://canada.ca. This default setting has been changed and these links should no longer appear when printing pages from GEDS (http://www.geds.gc.ca). You may need to refresh the page for this to take effect.

I much prefer the previous version of GEDS Hope this new one will be short lived

Canadians are not allowed to meet a Govt employee anymore if they have a problem. It is all done by phone. To make matters worse, one cannot even email a govt employee. Is this Democracy. Foreign affairs have no email for contact. Thank You.

There are a few annoying glitches here: 1. The information about the dataset should not be in a sidebar. It looks like navigation and does not immediately register as being information about the dataset. In particular, the dates published, modified and frequency should be more prominent, perhaps where the licence is (which is much less important since the assumption will be that the government information on this site by definition will be open). 2. The ordering of comments from oldest to newest is ridiculous. It means scrolling all the way through to see what the most recent comments are (which may relate to newer information). Please address this design flaw. 3. Threaded commenting would also help to organize comment-responses so these are clearer. The indentation is too subtle. The reply button (repeated in every comment) takes up a LOT of vertical space on a page with lots of comments and should be inline pulled right perhaps, with the name to help streamline the presentation. Hope these comments are helpful. These would make ALL open data pages more usable.

The last GEDS (2014) was SOOOO MUCH BETTER, EASIER, ETC. than this present (2015) version. Please consider installing the older version.

I only get a spreadsheet with the title of the columns, no data... Is that the intend of that CSV document?

Hi Luc, no, it should have data for ~100k+ rows. Thank you for flagging this, we're working on it. Kent on behalf of the open-ouvert team

I find this system complicated beyond belief. Surely it can be simplified. Where for instance is a breakdown by organizational unit and names thereunder.

Hi Michael, You may be looking for www.geds.gc.ca which will provide you with a more user friendly interface to the data. Best regards, the Open Government Team

They don't want to let you contact anyone since they have switch system... I have all the Employees database and access to every employees which is my duty to send them all the following letter: It's illegal to use or be anything legal. This would be committing Fraud. All Government workers are in Fraud by using/claiming a LEGAL NAME... Google Legal Name Fraud. See for yourselves.

By not adding my previous message you are committing or hiding Truth itself which is a Criminal offence. Transparency? Let it known as God as my witness that this fraud will/is accessible to all [Note from the open-ouvert team: apologies, promotion of products and websites is against our Rules of Engagement (http://open.canada.ca/en/rules-engagement), we had to edit out the included links.]

Google search of GEDS does not yield link to search for a federal employee. It gives every other possible hits based on association with GEDS

Why is it that Governement Employees personal information is being shared outside of the government (worldwide)? And that without the knowledge or permission of the employees themselves. Full Name, Work Address, Telephone Number, Title, etc. It is no ones business where someone works. This should remain prive.

Thanks for your comment, we have contacted the data owner and will get back to you as soon as we have an answer. Thom for the Open Government Team

Good morning, Hopeful - We received this response from the data holder: GEDS is legislated to provide government employee contact information to departments and to the public. It has been providing this information to the public from the GEDS online application at http://geds.gc.ca for many years. Recently the same information has been made available on the Open Government website. Departments have the ability to protect certain fields (such as address, email and phone numbers) from being shown to the public. They can also prevent employee entries from being released to the public. If you feel your information should not be made public you should contact your department administrator (see http://geds20-sage20.ssc-spc.gc.ca/en/GEDS20/?pgid=007). Hope this is helpful, Karin - open-ouvert team

Are there any plans on providing internet access to your Government Electronic Directory Services (GEDS) for updating purposes to specific Crown Corporation employees?

Thanks for your question, Claude. We have shared it with the dataset holder for their response. Stay tuned! Karin open-ouvert team

Hi Claude, Since this is more of an internal GEDS related question, the dataset holder has requested that you direct your question to ssc.geds20admin-sage20admin.spc@canada.ca. Thanks and hope this helps! -Tasha, the Open Government Team

Why is it governments can't keep it simple. Looking up an employee to contact should be simple. Searching in circles is a time waster. A very poorly designed system.

Poor

Time to recapture "access". Difficult to find people according to job title. Time to return to "transparency and access" now that the CONservatives are gone.

Not all the employees are listed, and so they cannot be contacted. When doing accreditation, an open and honest organization chart has to be accessible to the public, but the Government of Canada does not do that - what does this mean? Please list ALL employees so they can be identified and accountable for the work they do and the work they do not do. I dare you to publish this.

the link : (​​http://geds20-sage20.ssc-spc.gc.ca/en/GEDS20/?rd=1) at the top of the page does not work. What a pathetic site.

Hi Grant, I was able to access GEDs through the link just now. Did you click 'search/browse' under 'GC directory' on the top left hand side? I am happy to contact the data owner for you as well to relay your comment. Please note that comments are moderated according to the rules of engagement found at this address (http://open.canada.ca/en/rules-engagement). Tasha, the Open Government Team

The dataset is 2 months old while the Maintenance and Update Frequency indicate 'Daily' ??

Hi Stephane, Thank you for your comment. Your concern has been forwarded to the data owner, we will update you once they return with a response. Momin, Open Government team