The Government of Ontario includes ministries, agencies and Crown corporations. Its workforce of 60,000+ public servants is called the Ontario Public Service (OPS).
helps the government of the day to develop and deliver policies and programs
is politically neutral and remains in place through elections
works in many different areas (e.g., policy, communications and program delivery)
is governed by the rules set out in the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006
The OPS is overseen by the Secretary of the Cabinet (the head of the public service) and a team of deputy ministers, one for each government ministry.
The Secretary of the Cabinet:
is the head of the OPS and the Premier’s most senior policy advisor
is responsible to all ministers for running their respective ministries
The Deputy Ministers:
are appointed as the most senior public servant in each ministry
support their minister who heads the ministry
are responsible for their ministry’s day-to-day operations
are accountable to the Secretary of the Cabinet for managing those operations