When the Office of Public Engagement was formed in October 2012, it brought together five previously independent offices: the Rural Secretariat, the Voluntary and Non-Profit Secretariat, the Youth Engagement office, the Strategic Partnership, and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Office.
The Office of Public Engagement focuses on four specific community sector-related roles:
In order to accomplish this, the OPE carries out research, liaises with other government departments, plans and carries out various annual and bi-annual events, and engages with organizations within the community sector. The Office functions as a gateway to government for the community sector. It provides information to community organizations, to government on behalf of community organizations and spearheads projects that promote and enhance the capacity of sector organizations.