Public Service Renewal Results for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) touches the lives of all Canadians. We deliver services to Canadians through a network of research and development centres and regional offices across the country. We work with farmers, food producers, academia and other governments to support the growth and development of Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector.

Our commitment to delivering high quality service means we must anticipate and evolve with the demands of modern agriculture and the shifting needs of Canadians. We must also empower the workforce to take personal accountability for bringing about real change.

AAFC employees have been sharing their views on what it takes to ensure public service excellence. This input is redefining how we work. Public service renewal at AAFC takes on a myriad of shapes and sizes. These are a selection of our recent efforts. We encourage you to build on our experiences.

Mental health and workplace well-being

Integrated wellness strategy

AAFC's Integrated Wellness Strategy is an all-encompassing plan that brings together the elements required to create a healthy and safe workplace.

Not myself today

Not Myself Today is a workplace mental health initiative that helps employers build greater awareness, reduce stigma, and foster safe and supportive cultures. AAFC employees are actively engaged in this program.

Improving the capabilities of the public service

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Indigenous Elder and cultural awareness

AAFC is committed to advancing reconciliation through support for Indigenous agriculture. The Elder plays an instrumental role in increasing awareness for and appreciation of Indigenous cultures amongst staff.

Leadership experience through Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign

The Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign provides employees with an opportunity to step outside of their day-to-day responsibilities and use their talents and creativity in other ways to help Canadians in need.

Building a culture of leadership at all levels

Leadership exists at all levels. As part of AAFC's efforts to build a culture of leadership, the department launched an interactive workshop called Leadership - Continuing the Conversation.

Continuous improvement

AAFC constantly assesses its actions to ensure that it remains responsive and anticipates the needs of the sector.

Diversity and inclusiveness

Watch employees provide their unique perspectives on diversity and how they foster a culture of inclusiveness at AAFC.

Attracting, Retaining, and Developing Top Talent

Recruiting, developing and engaging our administrative professionals

Administrative professionals play an important role in the department’s operations. AAFC is using a three-prong approach to ensure a strong contingent of administrative professionals is available for the years to come: recruit, develop, and engage.

Indigenous Student Recruitment Initiative

To encourage Indigenous youth to consider a career in science, AAFC launched an Indigenous Student Recruitment Initiative. Watch as several Indigenous students share their experiences working at AAFC.

National Mentoring Program

AAFC's National Mentoring Program provides a forum for experienced employees to share their professional skills, knowledge and insights with interested employees.

Management and Leadership Development Program

The Management and Leadership Development Program supports AAFC managers by providing them with a network of peers in the department.

Student Panel of Representatives for Orientation, Unity and Training

Each year, AAFC welcomes over one thousand students from a broad range of academic disciplines and backgrounds into its workforce.

How to run a speed networking session

AAFC leveraged the speed networking meeting format to provide a venue for employees to expand their contacts within the department.

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