Who Can Apply

Since 2001, the federal public service has gradually expanded access to job opportunities that are open to the public, with the goal of attracting persons who reflect the myriad of backgrounds, skills and professions needed to serve Canadians in their official language of choice.

Effective December 31, 2008, all organizations whose authority to appoint individuals to jobs in the federal public service is governed by the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA) must use a national area of selection when advertising most job opportunities that are open to the public.

The job opportunities affected are those for permanent (indeterminate) and temporary (term) positions with a duration of more than six months. This means that, for most public service jobs which are open to the public, people residing in Canada and Canadian citizens living in other countries will be eligible to apply.

To identify those organizations that are subject to the PSEA, you may consult the Reference List: Organizations’ Relationship with the PSC and the PSEA.

For a small percentage of job opportunities, hiring organizations may restrict the geographic limits of the area where potential applicants must live or be employed in order to be eligible to apply. These may include opportunities that are less than six months in duration, are seasonal in nature or are intended to employ a student on a part-time basis.