This figure shows the performance management cycle. It is described in four fields: three fields in a row from left to right represent the most important periods of the cycle, and a fourth field among these represents routine activities. In response to the current pandemic, PSPC has implemented new timelines for current talent, performance and learning activities, in line with the deadline proposed by the Treasury Secretaries` Council of Canada. The deadline for the 2019-2020 performance evaluation for eligible non-EX is June 30. July 31st is the deadline for all executives and employees: the figures are focused on the resources for staff development, namely recruitment and onboarding, learning and development, performance management, rewards and recognition, career development, succession planning, skills-based management and offboarding. The performance agreement, which defines the work prospects of each employee, is at the heart of performance management. Specific training related to the Agency`s mandate is also provided through Statistics Canada. However, the Public Service School of Canada offers training on general skills, government practices, management or leadership, as these courses meet the common needs of all federal public servants who wish to develop in these areas. Like other federal departments and agencies, Statistics Canada has a strong governance structure in place for performance management. The Agency is committed to promoting workplace excellence among its employees and teams by fostering continuous, open and honest communication about performance between employees and superiors. Respect and implementation of these values is an essential part of the process of resolving unsatisfactory performance. Performance management is a tool to improve the performance and productivity of individuals, teams and organizations.

In the public sector, it is increasingly important to respond to budgetary and budgetary pressures, increasing demands on public services and the need for greater transparency in reporting on the use of state resources.