Financial Probity 101

What all public servants need to know about financial stewardship

1 days

This introductory course is designed for public servants of the AS/ES/PM-1 to AS/ES/PM-5 levels or equivalent. Experience in government is not required. Government 101: How Government Works is recommended for anyone who has worked for less than three years in government, but it is not a prerequisite for any 101 workshop.



Public servants are trusted with Canadians’ hard earned tax dollars to run their programmes. That means that there is a higher level of expectations and scrutiny placed on financial stewardship in government compared to the private sector. This workshop provides an ethical, legal, and policy-based perspective on the management of money within a government programme. Your will learn about the laws and policies that govern expenditures and some of the issues that you will be faced with as you or your colleagues deal with committing government funds.

  • Overview of the Financial Administration Act
  • Overview of impact of the Federal Accountability Act
  • Overview of selected Treasury Boards policies:
  • Results-Based Management
  • Grants and contributions
  • Travel
  • Procurement and contracting
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Due diligence (incl. willful blindness)
  • Accountability - performance measurement; evaluation; and audit functions
  • Reporting to Parliament
  • Deconstructing a Sec. 32 review