Step 1: Selection Process is Posted

Once the job advertisement is posted, candidates may apply by selecting the Apply Online button. It is important that you carefully review the advertisement and understand what is required. Advertisements include a number of elements which candidates should be familiar with.

  • Basic information including department name, job title, group and level, salary, closing date, and who can apply.
  • Essential qualifications are those required to perform the work involved in a position. These may include: experience, education, knowledge, skills, personal suitability and competence in either or both official languages.
  • Asset qualifications are not essential to perform the work but would be helpful and could be needed in the future. These may include: experience, education, knowledge, skills, personal suitability, behavioral competencies or other qualification or certification.
  • Operational requirements are a merit criteria that relate to current or future requirements of the organization for the proper functioning of the work unit or the organization (such as work done on weekends, travel, shift work).
  • Condition of employment is not merit criterion. It is a condition that an employee must meet upon appointment and maintain throughout his/her tenure (e.g., professional or trade certification, valid driver’s license, requirement to wear a uniform).

Other terminology to be familiar with includes:

  • Anticipatory staffing - a process to staff positions that are not currently vacant but may or will become vacant in the future.
  • Merit - one of the core values of the Public Service Employment Act. An appointment is made on the basis of merit when a person to be appointed meets the essential qualifications for the work to be performed, as established by the deputy head, including official language proficiency. Any current or future asset qualifications, operational requirements, and organizational needs, as identified by the deputy head, may also be considered.
  • Organizational needs - merit criteria relating to current or future needs that could enhance the way in which the organization operates or fulfills its mandate. Organizational needs could include the consideration of employment equity designated group members.
  • Second language evaluation (SLE) - language tests administered to determine the second official language proficiency of employees and candidates. Includes reading, writing and oral interaction tests that assess the candidates' ability to read, write, speak and understand their second official language in a work context.