About the Privy Council Office

PCO is the hub of non-partisan, public service support to the Prime Minister and Cabinet and its decision-making structures.

Clerk of the Privy Council

Michael Wernick was appointed Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet in January 2016.

Queen's Privy Council for Canada

The Queen’s Privy Council for Canada is the group of cabinet ministers, former cabinet ministers and other prominent Canadians appointed to advise the Queen on issues of importance to the country.


Current Ministry and Order of Precedence

Access the current Canadian ministry and information about the ministers.

Machinery of Government Changes

Changes have been made to the machinery of government as part of the creation of the new ministry.

About Cabinet

Canada’s Cabinet – by constitutional convention – is the body of advisors that sets the federal government’s policies and priorities for the country.

Guide to Canadian Ministries

List of all Canadian ministries from confederation to the present.


The Innovation Hub

Learn more about how the Hub can help departments understand and apply new policy approaches and tools to policies, programs and services across the public service.

Orders in Council Database

The Orders in Council Division provides advice and support to the Clerk of the Privy Council.

Reports and Publications

Consult the list of all the Privy Council Office reports and publications.

Commissions of Inquiry

Commissions of Inquiry are established by the Governor in Council (Cabinet) to fully and impartially investigate issues of national importance.