Establish the Board for a Public Sector Organization

When a board for a new public sector organization is established, the following must be considered:

Board Composition

Each board consists of a Board Chair and individual directors. Board members are independent from management and have no material interest in the organization.


Most board appointments are made by the government according to governance guidelines established by the Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office (CABRO). Ministry staff work with CABRO to develop director profiles and recruit board members.


The pay board members receive is determined by the Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC) and follows executive compensation disclosure guidelines.


A comprehensive orientation program for new directors developed by the organization that covers the following topics:

  • The organization and its industry (including its mandate)
  • Corporate governance best practices
  • Roles and responsibilities of the board
  • The relationship between the board and the government