2018-19 Departmental Plan
The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan
Minister of National Defence
© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada, 2018.
Table of Contents
- Chairperson’s Message
- Plans at a Glance
- Planned Results: What We Want to Achieve this Year and Beyond
- Spending and Human Resources
- Supplementary Information
- Appendix: Definitions
I am pleased to present the 2018‑19 Departmental Plan for the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada (MPCC).
In the coming fiscal year, we will continue to promote the highest standards of conduct of Military Police members in the performance of their policing duties, and to ensure the integrity of Military Police investigations through our monitoring and investigation of complaints. In doing so, we will continue to review our investigation guidelines and processes on a regular basis in order to achieve continued improvement in the timeliness, efficiency and fairness of the complaints process.
The MPCC’s Outreach program is key to building relationships with the Military Police, the community they serve and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) at large. We will further develop the Outreach program by maintaining our increased participation in courses at the Canadian Forces Military Police Academy as well as at CAF bases and refining presentations to be as relevant as possible to our participants.
In line with the government-wide workplace mental health strategy, we will continue to promote a healthy, respectful, and supportive work environment through holding awareness seminars and by providing employees with the tools and resources to help themselves and others. We will continue to focus on the development and implementation of Talent Management within the organization to engage, develop and retain excellent talent. The MPCC is also committed to promoting diversity and inclusion measures into hiring and recruitment strategies and practices.
Hilary C. McCormack, LL.B.
Fellow Litigation Counsel of America
Plans at a glance
Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the complaints resolution process: The Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada continues review its investigation guidelines and processes on a regular basis in order to achieve continued improvement in the timeliness of our complaint resolution and to enhance the efficiency and fairness of the complaints process.
Continue to promote mental wellness in the workplace: The Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada continues to promote a respectful workplace and mental wellness in the workplace through positive interactions with staff in meetings and mental health awareness activities. The Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada continues to hold regular sessions to provide staff with tools to promote mental wellness.
Implement an effective talent management strategy plan: The Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada continues to invest in its employees by developing talent management plans for employees who surpass their work objectives for the year.
Refine the MPCC’s Outreach program: The Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada continues to engage with the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal and bases across Canada as well as the Canadian Forces Military Police Academy to refine the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada Outreach program in order to target specific groups which include providing a more interactive style presentation to senior Military Police members.
These plans support the mandate of promoting the highest standards of conduct of Military Police members in the performance of policing duties, and to ensure the integrity of Military Police investigations.
For more information on the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada’s plans, priorities and planned results, see the “Planned results” section of this report.
Planned Results: What We Want to Achieve this Year and Beyond
Independent oversight of the Military Police
Promotes and ensures the highest standards of conduct of Military Police in the performance of policing duties and discourages interference in any Military Police investigation through independent and impartial reviews, investigations and hearings which result in sound findings and recommendations in response to complaints about or by Military Police members as well as through Outreach activities.
During the 2018-19 fiscal year, the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada will:
- Continue to work with the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal, the Deputy Commander Canadian Forces Military Police Group and other senior Military Police staff to foster an environment that supports the acceptance and implementation of Military Police Complaints Commission recommendations. Such work includes the bi-annual Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada – Canadian Forces Provost Marshal meeting to discuss overarching issues and process, ongoing conversations at the working level to resolve file-specific issues, as well as the Outreach Program which ensures Military Police, its Chain of Command and the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada maintain a mutual understanding of respective roles, mandate and relevant issues;
- Continue to refine the planning and conduct of its investigations, with particular focus on improving timeliness and ensuring that the resources devoted to a file match its complexity to better align resources and organizational structure to respond to resolve complaints in a timely manner. In particular, following the work of the past two years, the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada will implement a re-organization to better align its Human Resources to better support its mandate so that the goal of timeliness can be met. This will include the creation of new positions and the abolition of others;
- Maintain a recently established pool of contract Military Police Complaints Commission Investigators;
- Seek to be listed on the schedule of designated entities under the Canada Evidence Act; and
- Continue the Military Police Complaints Commission’s Outreach Program to increase awareness of its mandate and activities in both official languages and to respond to questions and concerns about the complaints process in order to increase transparency and accountability in the complaints process.
|Departmental Results||Departmental Result Indicators||Target||Date to Achieve Target||2014–15
|Final Reports provide sound findings and recommendations and are issued in a timely manner.||Percentage of recommendations resulting from investigations of conduct or interference complaints are accepted by the responsible Department of National Defence authority (usually the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal).||70%||March 31, 2019||N/ANote *||N/ANote *||N/ANote *|
|Percentage of Final Decisions not overturned on Judicial Review.||70%||March 31, 2019||N/ANote *||N/ANote *||N/ANote *|
|Percentage of findings and recommendations issued in non-public interest cases within 18 months from the time disclosure is substantially received to the issuance of the interim report. It is recognized that there may be exceptionally complex cases which will not meet this indicator.||70%||March 31, 2019||N/ANote *||N/ANote *||N/ANote *|
|Information requests pertaining to complaint files are responded to in a timely manner.||Percentage of information requests initially responded to within 48 hours.||95%||March 31, 2019||N/ANote *||N/ANote *||N/ANote *|
|Military Police and the public have access to current information on the issues addressed by the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada.||Quarterly website updates of Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada findings and recommendations through case summaries and Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada Final Reports in public interest cases.||4||March 31, 2019||N/ANote *||N/ANote *||N/ANote *|
|Number of Outreach activities/presentations given on the mandate, roles and responsibilities of the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada.||6||March 31, 2019||N/ANote *||N/ANote *||N/ANote *|
|Percentage of presentations to stakeholder or target groups that were received positively.||70%||March 31, 2019||N/ANote *||N/ANote *||N/ANote *|
Planned full-time equivalents
Planned full-time equivalents
Planned full-time equivalents
Financial, human resources and performance information for the MPCC’s Program Inventory is available in the GC InfoBase.
Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization, and not those provided to a specific program. The groups of activities are Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; and Acquisition Services.
Planned full-time equivalents
Planned full-time equivalents
Planned full-time equivalents
During the 2018‑19 fiscal year, the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada will:
- Continue to support language training and provide access to various learning and developmental opportunities;
- Finalize the migration of the new Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS);
- Continue to implement talent management plans for employees who surpassed their work objectives for the year;
- Continue to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and wellbeing;
- Continue to promote diversity and inclusion measures into MPCC hiring and recruitment strategies and practices.
- Continue to stress effective human resources planning including, developing and refining staffing strategies to ensure that any vacancies are filled as quickly as possible while meeting central agency staffing policy requirements;
- Continue to implement the New Direction in Staffing by updating its human resource departmental policies and delegation instrument to reflect the new framework; and
- Continue to engage employees in the Blueprint 2020 Initiative through self-directed activities, online tools and facilitated activities.
Spending and Human Resources
|Responsibilities and Internal Services||2015–16
|Independent oversight of the Military Police||2,545,782||2,056,958||2,667,326||2,611,859||2,611,859||2,611,859||2,611,859|
2018–19 Budgetary planned gross spending summary (dollars)
|Core Responsibilities and Internal Services||2018–19 Planned gross spending||2018–19 Planned gross spending in specified purpose accounts||2018–19 Planned revenues netted against expenditures||2018–19 Planned net spending|
|Independent oversight of the Military Police||2,611,859||0||0||2,611,859|
Planned Human Resources
|Core Responsibilities and Internal Services||2015-16
|Independent oversight of the Military Police||10||10||10||15||15||15|
|Total||25Note *||26Note *||25Note *||29||29||29|
Note: Further to changes to the organizational structure, it was necessary to realign resources to support the core responsibility in order to resolve complaints in a timely manner and reduce those devoted to internal services;
Estimates by Vote
For information on the MPCC’s organizational appropriations, consult the 2018–19 Main Estimates.
Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations
The Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations provides a general overview of the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada’s (MPCC) operations. The forecast of financial information on expenses and revenues is prepared on an accrual accounting basis to strengthen accountability and to improve transparency and financial management.
Because the Future-Oriented Condensed Statement of Operations is prepared on an accrual accounting basis, and the forecast and planned spending amounts presented in other sections of the Report on Plans and Priorities are prepared on an expenditure basis, amounts may differ.
A more detailed Future Oriented Statement of Operations and associated notes, including a reconciliation of the net cost of operations to the requested authorities, are available on the MPCC website.
(2018–19 Planned Results
minus 2017–18 Forecast Results)
|Net cost of operations before government funding and transfers||5,141,816||5,098,407||(43,409)|
Appropriate Minister: The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence
Institutional Head: Hilary C. McCormack, Chairperson
Ministerial Portfolio: Defence Portfolio
Enabling Instrument(s): National Defence Act, Part IV
Year of Incorporation / Commencement: 1998
Raison d’être, Mandate and Role
“Raison d’être, mandate and role: who we are and what we do” is available on the MPCC website.
Operating Context and Key Risks
Information on operating context and key risks is available on the MPCC website. In addition, the MPCC strives to use a gender lens to inform reviews and investigations.
The MPCC’s Departmental Results Framework and Program Inventory of record for 2018‑19 are shown below:
|Core Responsibility||Independent Oversight of the Military Police|
|Description||Promotes and ensures the highest standards of conduct of Military Police in the performance of policing duties and discourages interference in any Military Police investigation through independent and impartial reviews, investigations and hearings which result in sound findings and recommendations in response to complaints about or by Military Police members as well as through outreach activities.|
|Departmental Results & Departmental Results Indicators||Final Reports provide sound findings and recommendations and are issued in a timely manner.
Information requests pertaining to complaint files are responded to in a timely manner.
Military Police and the public have access to current information on the issues addressed by the MPCC in its complaint files through reviews, investigations and hearings.
|Program Inventory||Complaints Resolution|
|2018–19 Core Responsibilities and Program Inventory||2017–18 Lowest-level program of the Program Alignment Architecture||Percentage of lowest-level Program Alignment Architecture program (dollars) corresponding to the program in the Program Inventory|
|Core Responsibility 1: Independent oversight of the Military Police|
|Complaints Resolution||Complaints Resolution||100%|
Supporting Information on the Program Inventory
Supporting information on planned expenditures, human resources, and results related to the MPCC’s Program Inventory is available in the GC InfoBase.
Supplementary Information Tables
The following supplementary information tables will be available on the MPCC website:
- Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy
- Upcoming internal audits for the coming fiscal year
Federal Tax Expenditures
The tax system can be used to achieve public policy objectives through the application of special measures such as low tax rates, exemptions, deductions, deferrals and credits. The Department of Finance Canada publishes cost estimates and projections for these measures each year in the Report on Federal Tax Expenditures This report also provides detailed background information on tax expenditures, including descriptions, objectives, historical information and references to related federal spending programs. The tax measures presented in this report are the responsibility of the Minister of Finance.
Organizational Contact Information
How to reach the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada
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