The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector (VECPS) came into effect in April 2012 as an overarching guide for employees, to help clarify the role and expected behaviours of public servants, and outlines the fundamental values of the public sector of Canada. The VECPS was developed in consultation with public servants, public sector organizations and bargaining agents. The Code applies to the entire public sector, including departments, crown corporations and separate agencies.
Based on the VECPS and in accordance with Section 6 of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (PSDPA), Shared Services Canada (SSC) has developed its own Organizational Code (The Code) to provide guidance on ethical behaviour and decision-making in the context of day to day operations at SSC. The SSC Organizational Code was developed in consultation with management, employees and union members from across the Department. The SSC Code outlines the values and department specific information on expected behaviours that guide SSC employees in all activities related to their professional duties. In particular, the Code recognizes the unique role our Department plays in activities related to procurement, hospitality and gifts, and information security. Guidelines on more specific activities and mandated services will be developed on an ongoing basis to accompany the Code.
Adherence to both the VECPS and to the SSC Code is a condition of employment. The Codes will help us integrate these values to our decision making process and our actions, so that we can provide Canadians with the best possible programs, policies and services.
- Publisher - Current Organization Name: Shared Services Canada
- Licence: Open Government Licence - Canada