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Key Government Submissions and the Challenge Function of the Central Agencies


What do the central agencies—Prime Minister's Office, Privy Council Office, Treasury Board, and Department of Finance—look for when reviewing key government submissions?

Those responsible for writing cabinet, budget or Treasury Board submissions must navigate through layers of government priorities and complex processes. Policy writers face the challenge of integrating analyses of government priorities into their submissions and are often unsure what exactly central agencies look for when reviewing submissions. What level of analysis meets their criteria? What is the value of a Gender-Based Analysis Plus or Accessibility analysis?

Officials from the central agencies will share their experiences in performing the challenge function for key Government of Canada submissions. Panellists will discuss best practices for preparing submissions and outline the steps analysts can take to navigate the process effectively.

The panel discussion will be followed by a virtual Q&A.


  • Lisa Smylie (she/her), Director General, Research, Results and Delivery Branch, Women and Gender Equality Canada
  • Alison McDermott (she/her), Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic and Fiscal Policy Branch, Department of Finance
  • Siobhan Harty, Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Priorities and Planning, Privy Council Office


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