Public Service Commission
Ensures Alberta has a professional, non-partisan, diverse, and inclusive public service that proudly serves Albertans.
This department was formerly known as Corporate Human Resources.
Since 2017, the Public Service Commission is responsible for the Public Agency Secretariat, which collaborates with departments and public agencies to promote a consistent approach to public agency governance, recruitment and compensation.
Provides human resources services and leads the development of policies and programs that ensure Alberta has a professional, non-partisan, diverse and inclusive public service. This is achieved by providing expert advice, strategic leadership and stewardship as well as developing and delivering innovative supports and services to Alberta Public Service employees.
The Public Service Commission ensures the public service has:
- experienced, competent, engaged and professional employees
- a professional human resources community with effective advisors and strategic business partners
- an integrated, coordinated, and consistent approach to talent management
- a modern, effective and responsive human resources system.
How we're organized
The department is transforming how Human Resources are delivered in the Government of Alberta to improve innovation, consistency, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. As of April 1, 2018, all Alberta Public Service human resource services are now delivered by the Public Service Commission.
Public Service Commissioner’s Office
Led by the Deputy Minister, Public Service Commission, this office oversees day-to-day operations of the Public Service Commission. Key responsibilities include:
- administering Alberta’s Public Service Act and the Code of Conduct and Ethics for the Public Service of Alberta
- representing the Government of Alberta as the Employer in collective bargaining and other labour relations matters
- providing advice to the President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance, the Deputy Minister of Executive Council, Deputy Ministers and Senior Officials on human resources and public agency issues
- Leading human resources for the Alberta Public Service
- Developing policy, strategy and frameworks, and working with departments to support their unique HR needs, including organizational design, workforce planning, succession planning, engagement and recognition
- Leading the implementation of ENGAGE: Our Alberta Public Service People Strategy
Leadership and Learning
- Developing and implementing talent management and leadership development initiatives to ensure employees have the skills, training, and resources they need to succeed in the public service and effectively serve Albertans
- Providing learning opportunities and professional development
Strategic Policy, Evaluation and Workforce Analytics
- Enabling innovative people and culture strategies for the Alberta Public Service, including conducting evaluations and identifying and implementing workforce business intelligence, strategies and frameworks to support the public service
- Providing policy support as well as workforce data and analytics to achieve human resource priorities
Diversity and inclusion
- Leading practices to invite diversity and practice inclusion in the public service
- Attracting and recruiting the best people to develop and deliver government policy, and to support Albertans
- Supporting mobility of APS employees through strategic sourcing options
- Providing expert services to departments in support of employee classification and compensation in accordance with frameworks
- Delivering employee benefits, pensions and programs
- Leading human resource policy development and managing directives
- Conducting collective bargaining and labour relations
Wellness, Health and Safety
- Providing expert consulting and training to ministries in support of employee health, safety, and wellness practices
Public Agency Secretariat
- Providing assistance, tools and advice to government departments and public agencies to help boards follow best practices in public agency governance as well as legislative requirements
- Supporting an open and transparent recruitment process for public agency appointments
- Developing and implementing consistent compensation frameworks for designated public agencies
- Providing information to Albertans to increase public awareness about the role of public agencies and the value of serving on a board
- More about the Public Agency Secretariat
Collective Agreement (2.1 MB)
Monday to Friday, 8:15 am - 4:30 pm
Honourable Joe Ceci
Known as one of Alberta’s most effective municipal leaders, Joe served as a City of Calgary alderman for 15 years where he was Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee and Chair of Community Protective Services, among other senior responsibilities.