Project Charter Introduction - « Full » version

The Project Charter is a document that formally authorizes the existence of a project, and provides the project manager with the authority to apply organizational resources to project activities. In Public Works Government Services Canada (PWGSC/PSPC), the Project Charter is written by the organization responsible for delivering the project and is issued by the business side.

The purpose of the Project Charter is to obtain formal approval on the general parameters and structure of the proposed project, including:

  • The project objectives and outcomes, benefits, scope and risks;
  • The project deliverables, schedule, milestones, and estimated costs; and
  • The project organization, governance structure and stakeholders.

The NPMS Project Charter template is based on the template that Treasury Board produced in consultation with multiple departments and agencies for use in the Government of Canada (GC). The template is structured to enable users to remove sections which are not required and to provide less content or to expand the document as required depending on the size, complexity, risk and intended purpose of the project.

This document is approved at the Preliminary Project Plan Approval (PPA) control point.

Project Charter - « Full » Template