Policies and government strategies can often seem like far-off processes that only exist in Ottawa. But the truth is that policies and government strategies shape the lives of everyday Canadians from coast to coast, and create change.

Policies can stay static over long periods, or change quickly to keep up with our changing society and political environment. Since policies and government strategies can be fluid, but have great impact, it’s helpful to know how to navigate policy and government strategy.

Another helpful place to learn more about current government policies and strategies at the federal level are ministerial mandate letters written by the Prime Minister of Canada to each Minister in their cabinet. These letters outline the policy priorities for each Minister and the federal department that they oversee.