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Overview

Information: Key Dates

The Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) campaign runs from October 7, 2013 to October 2014.

FSWEP provides full-time students valuable, hands-on work experience related to their field of study and allows for a wealth of learning opportunities. Students obtain fair and equal access to job opportunities across the country. Although students are not required to have previous work experience to apply, they must meet the program’s eligibility criteria.

There are many types of exciting and challenging jobs being offered to both secondary and post-secondary students. These opportunities encompass a wide range of duties and responsibilities as they relate directly and indirectly to providing service to all Canadians. This full spectrum includes office and clerical work, field and lab work, information technology work and working outdoors.

How does it work?

Each FSWEP campaign is generally open from October of one year to October of the following year.

The rates of pay for all student employment throughout the federal public service are established by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. Students are paid an hourly rate based on their educational level and their year of study. To find out the current rates of pay for students, or for additional information, consult the Terms and Conditions of Employment for Students.

The FSWEP e-recruitment inventory is then built based on those applications and is used to randomly select candidates who meet the job requirements identified by the hiring organization. The random selection approach ensures a fair and equitable way of identifying potential candidates.

  • Your application is part of the national FSWEP inventory (and Departmental Program(s), where applicable);
  • Federal organizations request student referrals from the PSC. A random search of the FSWEP inventory (or Departmental Program inventory(ies)) is conducted by the PSC and is based on the requirements of the position identified by the hiring organization (e.g., year/level of education, field of study, skills, work location, language). The random selection identifies a minimum of five students per job opportunity to refer to the hiring organization;
  • The PSC contacts the identified students by e-mail to validate their interest and availability. The PSC then refers all interested students to the hiring organization;
  • The hiring manager assesses the referred students; a job offer is made to the selected student(s) by the hiring manager; and
  • The results of all students referred to the hiring organization are posted to the students’ on-line profiles (“View my results” section)

This inventory is managed by the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Canada, the agency that administers various staffing programs on behalf of the Government of Canada. The PSC acts as a broker in referring eligible students to hiring managers and, in turn, the hiring manager is responsible for the assessment of each referred candidate and all subsequent staffing actions (such as preparing the letter of offer, conducting the security clearance, determining the rate of pay, etc.).

The rates of pay for all student employment throughout the federal public service are established by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. Students are paid an hourly rate based on their educational level and their year of study. To find out the current rates of pay for students, or for additional information, consult the Terms and Conditions of Employment for Students.

This national program employs approximately 9 000 students every year, by way of an inventory of over 50 000 student applicants.

FSWEP Facts

FSWEP is the primary vehicle through which federal organizations recruit and hire students. This program, established in 1990, provides thousands of students with temporary jobs every year in various federal organizations across Canada.

The PSC is responsible for the administration of this program, as well as several others, on behalf of the Government of Canada; the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat establishes the program and its legislative framework. This governing framework includes the following: