Leslie Anderson
Training & Consulting Inc.

Policy & Briefings Training

Policy & Planning Support
Facilitation & Coaching

    Memorandum to Cabinet (MC)

    Successfully Navigating the Memorandum to Cabinet (MC) Process


    The workshop provides an insider’s view of the ultimate policy proposal and the process for successfully bringing MC’s forward. Learn practical tips and tools for drafting and presenting your MC, managing the Cabinet process and engaging with central agencies and your own department. The course will focus on Cabinet and MC basics, what the central agencies want and getting the content and process right in the current environment.

    ü  You will understand the purpose, structure and mandate of Cabinet and its Committees.

    ü  You will know current Cabinet requirements related to content and process within the federal government and your own department.

    ü  You will understand central agencies roles and what they are looking for in Cabinet submissions.

    ü   You will know how to get the MC process and content right. 

    ü  You will know how to write effective Ministerial recommendations.

    The Approach

    This one day course is delivered by  practitioners, including a current PCO officer, well-versed in the drafting and review of Cabinet documents that get through the Cabinet process .Designed by Leslie Anderson, the course provides an overview of all elements of the MC and Cabinet process and shares tips and insights into what works and why. The workshop includes extensive discussion, group exercises, development of the content for the Ministerial recommendation component of an MC,  as well as critique of an MC from a central agencies perspective. Participants will be able to ask the questions they want answered to strengthen their understanding of Cabinet and MC processes. It draws on participant’s experience to complement the knowledge of the workshop leader.


    This workshop has received consistently favourable comments from the more than 200 individuals who have attended since its inception 2009.

    Sample Testimonials 

    “This course should be mandatory to any policy analyst responsible for drafting MCs.”

    “Helps to demystify the MC process and the policy development process in government.”

    “Course was great—there were good examples and exercises.”

    “Knowledgeable and engaging instructor.” 

    Who Should Attend

    Anyone who would like to learn more about the Cabinet process and MC development including those managing, drafting, reviewing or inputting into MCs.  There is no suggested job or experience level for this workshop.  You know if you need to strengthen your understanding and skills in this area. 

    Schedule and Fees

    The workshop can be delivered in English or French on demand for up to 25 individuals from a single organization at a group rate with your organization’s MC requirements and process included.


    Contact :

    Leslie Anderson
    216 Des Bois Drive,
    Russell, Ontario K4R 1C4
    Phone:  (613) 445-6632
    Fax :  (613) 445-6636
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