The Public Service Commission Appointment Framework establishes the expectations and requirements to ensure that appointments in the federal public service are based on merit and free from political influence. It provides flexibility to deputy heads to customize their approach to staffing to better meet their needs, while respecting public service values such as merit, fairness, and transparency. It applies to all appointments to and within organizations subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA).
All departments and agencies subject to the PSEA must adhere to the expectations set out in the Appointment Framework. In 2016, the PSC committed resources to supporting departments and agencies in their transition to the new policy. A team of HR specialists are responsible for providing ongoing advice and guidance, and training is offered through the Canada School of Public Service.