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Cabinet Committees

Cabinet is supported in its decision-making functions by a number of committees: Agenda and Priorities Committee; Standing Policy Committees; Legislative Review Committee and Treasury Board.

The Agenda and Priorities Committee provides direction in the development of the strategic agenda for the Government. It assists in policy development by reviewing significant changes in policy and refers these matters to Standing Policy Committees or Cabinet. It reviews and recommends to Cabinet all fiscal issues that arise outside of the Treasury Board process. It also reviews all issues of a strategic or high profile nature, including legislation.

The Standing Policy Committees review and make recommendations on government policies, programs and legislation and hear public and private submissions. In addition, the Committees' deliberations will include consideration of the budgetary implications of each proposal as well as implementation and communications strategies.

The Committees also review department budgets annually in order that Committee members have the opportunity to provide comments and suggestions for consideration by the Ministers in preparation of the upcoming annual budget and three-year business plans.

The Legislative Review Committee reviews all proposed government legislation to ensure that the direction given by Caucus has been captured in the legal text.

Treasury Board is a legislated committee. Its role, as set out in the Financial Administration Act, is to formulate general management policies relating to the business and affairs of Crown and Provincial agencies and to perform any acts it considers necessary to ensure that those policies are carried out.

Find out how the Treasury Board works!

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