The Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat (CICS) is an impartial agency whose mandate is to provide administrative support and planning services for federal-provincial-territorial and provincial-territorial conferences of first ministers, ministers and deputy ministers, throughout Canada.
The Secretariat’s services are available to federal, provincial and territorial government departments that are called upon to organize and chair such meetings.
Being truly intergovernmental in nature, the agency is funded by the federal and provincial governments and its staff is comprised of federal, provincial and territorial public servants.
Our primary objective is to relieve client departments of the numerous technical and administrative tasks associated with the planning and conducting of multilateral conferences, thereby enabling participants to concentrate on substantive intergovernmental policy issues. CICS provides continuous, effective and impartial administrative support to these meetings.
We strive to fulfill the requirements of our mandate through teamwork.
We offer a collegial and rewarding work environment that fosters trust, civility, dignity and fairness.
We conduct ourselves in an ethical, honest and transparent manner and with financial probity.
The Secretariat is divided into the following sectors: