Message from the Minister
and Accountability Statement

Photograph -- Honourable Ida ChongIt is my pleasure to present the 2007/08 – 2009/10 Service Plan for the BC Public Service Agency. The BC Public Service Agency aspires to be known for public service excellence by providing leadership in people management.

Premier Gordon Campbell and I strongly believe that excellence in the public service is critical as the people who work for the provincial government affect the lives of every British Columbian. Public service excellence is also a cornerstone of making British Columbia the best place in the world to live.

Similar to other jurisdictions we must confront the challenges imposed by an aging workforce, shortages in specific professions and an ever increasing 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 build and position the government's workforce for the future.

The BC Public Service Agency is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining the highest caliber employees to our public service. It is also committed to ongoing professional development of its employees to ensure they are able to attain their highest potential while delivering efficient and effective government programs and services. Through our corporate human resource plan we are setting out a roadmap that includes modernized employment policies and practices. We continue to be more agile in recruitment, and are re-shaping the organization towards making BC's public service an employer of choice.

Government has recently raised the profile on education, health care, safer communities and other priority services. The Agency will continue to assume a critical leadership role to fulfill the human resource 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.

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 12, 2007 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 12, 2007

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