Message from the Minister and
It is my pleasure to present the 2006/07-2008/09 Service Plan for the BC Public Service Agency. Premier Gordon Campbell and I strongly believe that excellence in the public service is vital, because directly or indirectly the people who work for the provincial government affect the lives of every British Columbian.
The BC Public Service Agency is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining the highest calibre employees to our public service. It is also committed to ongoing professional development, to ensure the design and delivery of efficient and effective government programs and services.
Similar to other jurisdictions we must confront the challenges imposed by an aging workforce, shortages in specific professions, and a demand for talent in both the public and private sector. By working in partnership with its ministry/agency clients I am confident the BC Public Service Agency will meet those challenges, and will position the government’s workforce for the future.
Government has recently raised the profile on education, health care, safer communities, and other priority services. The Agency will play an ongoing leadership role to fulfill the human resources challenges associated with this enhanced focus. Our citizens can depend on a knowledgeable, innovative, and responsive public service that assists them in achieving successful and productive lives, essential to our province’s success on local, national, and international stages.
The strength of our public service depends on employees who are motivated and supported to reach their highest potential. This Service Plan outlines the strategies the BC Public Service Agency will implement over the next few years to lead and support public service excellence.
As Minister responsible, I believe this plan will contribute to a public service of the highest standard. The 2006/07–2008/09 BC Public Service Agency Service Plan was prepared under my direction in accordance with the Budget Transparency and Accountability Act. I am accountable for the basis on which the plan has been prepared. All material fiscal assumptions and policy decisions as of February 10, 2006 have been considered in preparing the plan and I am accountable for achieving the specific objectives in the plan.
Honourable Ida Chong
Minister of Community Services
February 10, 2006