Treasury Board

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Treasury Board
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Canada
Minister responsible
Parent departmentQueen's Privy Council for Canada

The Treasury Board (French: Conseil du trésor) is the central agency that reviews and approves spending by the Government of Canada.[1] The President of the Treasury Board is a member of the federal Cabinet.

As stated on the Treasury Board's website[2]:

"The Treasury Board is responsible for accountability and ethics, financial, personnel and administrative management, comptrollership, approving regulations and most Orders-in-Council."


The Canadian Cabinet is arranged into several committees with varying responsibilities, but all other ones are informal structures and frequently change. Currently organised under the Financial Administration Act,[3] the Treasury Board is the only one created by law and is officially a committee of the Privy Council. Its role in government makes it far more powerful than most Cabinet committees as it is responsible for "accountability and ethics, financial, personnel and administrative management, comptrollership, approving regulations and most Orders-in-Council".[2] It is also unique in that its committee chair, the President of the Treasury Board, is a member of cabinet by virtue of holding that office—other cabinet committees are chaired by minister holding seats in cabinet by virtue of some other office. The Treasury Board is supported by the Treasury Board Secretariat.

The board is the only statutory Cabinet committee and is responsible for the federal civil service and much of the operation of the Canadian government.


The Treasury Board is composed of six cabinet ministers, always including its President and the Minister of Finance. The current members, as of May 2019, are as follows[4]:

There are also "alternate members", who attend Treasury Board meetings in the event of conflicts of interest. The Governor in Council (a constitutional mechanism that effectuates decisions of the Canadian Cabinet) may appoint as many alternate members as the Board may need. As of May 2019, the following are alternate members of the Treasury Board[4]:

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  1. ^ "Treasury Board to oversee Transport Canada's budget decisions". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  2. ^ a b "About the Treasury Board". Treasury Board Secretariat. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  3. ^ "Financial Administration Act. Part I: Organization. Treasury Board". Department of Justice (Canada). 1985. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
  4. ^ a b Secretariat, Treasury Board of Canada (2008-10-31). "About the Treasury Board of Canada". aem. Retrieved 2019-05-31.


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