Secretary of the Cabinet, Ontario

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Concept description

The website of Ontario’s Secretary of the Cabinet describes (reference below, website on right) the role of the Secretary as follows:

“The Secretary of the Cabinet is the Premier’s Deputy Minister, the Head of the Ontario Public Service and the Clerk of the Executive Council.

“As the Premier’s Deputy Minister, he:

  • Acts as Head of Cabinet Office
  • Provides advice and support to the Premier to deliver on the government’s mandate
  • Manages the performance of each deputy minister on behalf of the Premier

“As Head of the Ontario Public Service, he:

  • Ensures effective and efficient management, operation and organization of the public service
  • Oversees the day-to-day operation of Ontario’s public services
  • Implements long-term strategies for the future of the public service

“As Clerk of the Executive Council, he:

  • Supports the Cabinet decision-making process
  • Conveys Cabinet decisions to ministers and deputy ministers
  • Ensures Cabinet decisions are implemented
  • Ensures Cabinet’s agenda and its committees support the government’s priorities”
Ontario Public Service

The Cabinet Secretary’s website notes that:

“The Government of Ontario includes ministries, agencies and Crown corporations. Its workforce of 60,000+ public servants is called the Ontario Public Service (OPS).”

Atlas topic, subject, and course

Machinery of Government (core topic) in Governance and Institutions and Atlas100 Governance and Institutions.


Secretary of the Cabinet website at, accessed 25 August 2016.

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified on 25 August 2016.

Image: Secretary of the Cabinet website at, accessed 25 August 2016.