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Response of Library and Archives Canada to the Round VII Management Accountability Framework
Action Plan 2010-2011

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Public Service Values

The Government of Canada expectations for public service values focus on the actions of leaders, who must consistently emphasize "the importance of public service values and ethics in the delivery of results to Canadians (e.g., democratic, professional, ethical and people values)."

The creation of LAC in 2004 was a significant step in the evolution of Canada's approach to documentary heritage and, in large part, was a response to the rapidly changing information and social environment. To continue serving the public good effectively and to remain relevant, trusted, and valued by the Canadian public and respecting values and ethics (V&E), LAC needs to adapt to the pace of these changes.

LAC will continue its work to harmonize, modernize and to publicize the values that govern and guide it as a new knowledge institution in the new environment. LAC promotes public service values to employees, fostering sound and exemplary management practices, and encouraging respectful interpersonal relationships characterized by integrity.

Area of Management TBS evaluation
1. Values-based Leadership and Organizational Culture Acceptable

TBS Recommendations:

  • It is recommended that the V&E Plan span more than one year.
  • Senior management should demonstrate values-based leadership.
  • Senior management should resolve concerns that were raised in the 2008 Public Service Employee survey and essential information should flow from senior management to employees.

LAC Action Plan:

LAC will work on the implementation of the new Federal Public Sector Code of Conduct and the following actions will be undertaken in 2010–2011:

  1. Implement the new Federal Public Sector Code of Conduct.
  2. Develop an implementation strategy for LAC.
  3. Present to LAC Management Board and Management Forum the Code of Conduct implementation Plan.
  4. Develop a Communications strategy on the new Federal Public Sector Code of Conduct.
  5. Develop conflict of interest scenarios geared towards LAC professional communities.
    • Form working groups;
    • Hold a series of facilitated workshops;
    • Summarize the discussions from the workshops;
    • Write the case scenarios;
    • Post case scenarios on the intranet V&E Portal;
    • Develop a Communications strategy on conflict of interest scenarios for professional communities.
  6. Explore options for developing statement of organizational values for LAC.
    • Consult with relevant stakeholders;
    • Submit proposal to Human Resources Committee, the Director General Steering Committee, and the Management Board;
    • Form focus groups upon receiving approval from LAC senior management;
    • Conduct facilitated discussions to define LAC statement of values;
    • Formulate a statement of values;
    • Obtain employee feedback on the values statement and accommodate changes if required;
    • Seek final approval of the statement of values;
    • Post the statement of values on the LAC website and the intranet website.
  7. V&E leadership activities geared towards LAC management and senior management.
    • Presentations by the Senior Official to Management Forum and Management Board;
    • Discussions with management led by the Senior Official.

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