Professional Course
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How Government Works

Building Blocks Learning Network, In Ottawa (+1 locations)
2 days
1,095 USD
Next course start
26 February, 2024 (+2 start dates)
Classroom, Virtual Classroom
2 days
1,095 USD
Next course start
26 February, 2024 (+2 start dates)
Classroom, Virtual Classroom
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Course description

This workshop provides both a broad and a detailed road map of government. You will learn about the mechanics of government and Parliament, policy-making and budgetary processes, legislation, and regulations. You can use this workshop as a starting point for our other workshops that provide focused training in one particular skill set.

Upcoming start dates

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26 February, 2024

  • Virtual Classroom
  • Online
  • English

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  • Classroom
  • Ottawa

Who should attend?

New and experienced public servants alike will be introduced to the fundamental laws that shape government policy, and will round out their knowledge of the mechanics of government;Non-public servants, from business or the not-for-profit sector, will gain an understanding of what makes government tick;This workshop is a good foundational course before taking any of our policy-related workshops.

Training content


  • The origins of democracy
  • Canada's constitutional framework
  • The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • An overview of selected statutory authorities and requirements

Government Structures

  • Parliament
  • The Executive
    • Prime Minister and Cabinet
    • Central agencies
  • The judicial system

The Executive Process

  • Memoranda to Cabinet and TB Submissions
  • Central planning and policy development
  • Comptrollership and Accountability

Parliamentary Process

  • Passage of Bills
  • Parliamentary finance

The Regulatory Process

Course delivery details

You will learn about

  • The Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Key government-related statutes, such as the Financial Administration Act
  • Cabinet Directive on Law-making, and the Cabinet Directive on Streamlining Regulations
  • The structure of government: Cabinet, Parliament, and the Judiciary
  • Central planning and policy development
  • Parliamentary process for bills and the Estimates, and Regulatory approval process

Why choose BBLN?

In operation for over 20 years, Building Blocks takes a consultative approach to customer engagement to deeply asses the needs. We offer a variety of options for consideration.

All of our instructors have a minimum of 20 years of teaching experience using adult learning theory.

We can proudly say that our customers routinely say we exceeded their expectations and in doing so, we offer many benefits that are included in the service and pricing.


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11 Jul 2019

Content starting from the beginning was very helpful.

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Building Blocks Learning Network

Building Blocks Learning Network (Building Blocks) is a training company with over 20 years of experience in Adult Education. Our specific expertise includes professional development in the areas of Executive Leadership, Management and Leadership, Coaching, Policy Development, How Government Works,...

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