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Trades Helper

Reference number: DIS23J-087597-000140
Selection process number: 23-DIS-ON-EA-599467
Indigenous Services Canada - First Nations and Inuit Health Branch
Sioux Lookout (Ontario)
$30.91 to $33.59 per hour (Plus, applicable Isolated Post Allowance)

For further information on the organization, please visit Indigenous Services Canada

Closing date: 6 October 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation


Candidates must clearly demonstrate with concrete examples, IN THE PRE-SCREENING QUESTIONS, how they meet the education and experience factors listed in the essential qualifications. Only screening questionnaire will be used during pre-screening process. We may use resumes as a secondary source to validate the answers to the pre-screening questions. Candidates who fail to provide sufficient information will be eliminated from further consideration.

We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications on-line.

The following are some of the benefits associated with applying on-line:
• Applicants can create and manage their accounts and apply to job opportunities as long as an internet connection is available.
• Applicants can create a profile and retrieve stored application(s) (personal information, covering letter and résumé) previously submitted and modify them, if necessary, before submitting the application.
• Applicants can modify their application/résumé at any time BEFORE the closing date indicated on the job advertisement.
✅ An Isolated Post Allowance applies for employees working in Sioux Lookout to adjust for the higher cost of living. Please note, all rates below are subject to change.
• Environmental allowance $1.74 per hour (with dependents) / $1.05 per hour (no dependents).
• Living cost differential $ 5.86 per hour (with dependents) / $ 3.52 per hour (no dependents).
• Fuel and utilities differential $ 1.86 per hour (with dependents) / $1.l2 per hour (no dependents).

Indigenous Services Canada also provides a vacation travel allowance (VTA). The VTA supports one trip a year. As of April 1, 2023, adults and children able to apply for $1,704 per adult and $1,544 per child. The VTA amount may be adjusted on April 1 and October 1.


As a Trades Helper, you will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:
✅ Ensures the optimal health delivery to First Nations people by supporting a high standard Maintenance, Repair, Replacement and Renovation Program to all facilities located in Sioux Lookout and northern isolated communities.
✅ Operates, maintains and cares for a variety of hand tools such as chain saws, weed eaters, lawn tillers, hedge trim cutters and motorized or power operated equipment such as lawn mowers, tractors, and vehicles used to perform tasks.
✅ Uses and maintains Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE), such as safety boots, goggles, masks, gloves, respirator, in specific, potentially dangerous or hazardous situations.
✅ Manages and accounts for funds associated with obtaining equipment and/or supplies for minor repairs.
✅ Demonstrates established working practices and procedures to new staff.

Work environment

At Indigenous Services Canada, you will work collaboratively with partners to improve access to high quality services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Our vision is to support and empower Indigenous peoples to independently deliver services and address the socio-economic conditions in their communities.

🌟 This opportunity is located in Sioux Lookout, ON. The Municipality of Sioux Lookout is a close-knit community located in northwestern Ontario, nestled within a network of lakes, endless forest and the rugged Canadian Shield. Living here means enjoying an excellent quality of life and the amenities of a larger city paired with the friendly support of a small town. As the Hub of the North, we connect 29 remote Northern communities to healthcare, essential services and more. 🌟

Intent of the process

The intent of the process is to staff two (2) vacant positions on an indeterminate basis in Sioux Lookout, Ontario.

A pool of qualified candidates will be established and may be used to staff identical or similar positions in various locations with various tenures such as permanent specified term, acting, assignments/secondments, or deployments. It may also be used to staff identical or similar positions by other regions or federal departments across Canada.

Positions to be filled: 2

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 2 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

ED1 - Successful completion of a secondary school diploma or an acceptable combination of education, experience and/or training.

Applicants submitting education credentials from a non-Canadian institution are responsible for obtaining certification that these credentials are the equivalent of the Canadian education level required for the position.

Please refer to the link below for more information.

Degree equivalency

E1 - Experience in operating a variety of hand and power tools

E2 - Experience in minor electrical, plumbing, carpentry or equipment repairs

E3 - Experience in minor maintenance of facilities, equipment or vehicles

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

K1 - Knowledge of Health and Safety Standards

A1 - Ability to work under pressure

PS1 - Effective Interpersonal Relationships
PS2 - Respectful of Diversity

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

AEX1 - Experience in working in Isolated Communities

Indigenous Services Canada is committed to having a skilled and diversified workforce representative of the population its serve. In support of our strategy to achieve our employment equity goals, preference may be given to candidates who, at the time of application, indicate that they are belonging to one of the following Employment Equity groups (self-declaration): Aboriginal peoples, Women, Visible Minorities and Persons with Disabilities.

- Ability to lift, carry, move and rearrange supplies, materials, tools, furniture and appliances
- Willingness to work overtime as required
- Frequent travel by small aircraft or motor vehicle as per the demands of the job to communities in remote areas in all types of weather
- Valid Driver’s Licence

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - Applicants who have not lived in Canada for the past five (or ten, depending on security level) years may be required to submit a police certificate from each country in which they have lived for six months or more during this period, as well as other documentation required for the security screening process. Failure to submit this documentation if requested will eliminate the application from further consideration.

Managers may establish conditions of employment specific to the position being staffed. Candidates must meet and maintain the conditions of employment throughout their employment.
- Pre-employment medical/personal health declaration may be required for isolated communities.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Please ensure that you read ALL points listed below, as this section contains important information about the application process. Failure to read these notes and follow these instructions could result in your application missing required information which may result in your application being eliminated from this staffing process.

You are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of your choice.

Please ensure that your email address is on your application for correspondence. Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email.)

Applicants who are screened into this selection process will be sent further information by email regarding what to expect during subsequent phases of this staffing process.

A current copy of your resume may be used as another source to confirm the education and experience you will be asked to describe in the screening questions. It may also be reviewed by prospective hiring managers at the appointment stage.

In order to manage the number of applications in the selection process, management may use random selection and/or top-down consideration of scores at various steps in the process, to determine the number of candidates who will be further considered in the process.

Proof of education will be required. Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at http://www.cicic.ca

All applicants who are new to the federal public service must provide proof of citizenship prior to their appointment. This is necessary for both temporary (specified period) and permanent (indeterminate) employment. Any of the three (3) documents would be accepted: 1. Birth Certificate, 2. Passport or 3. Citizenship Certificate. Note: An expired passport, satisfies the proof of citizenship requirement.

How to obtain Canadian Citizenship Certificate: The citizenship certificate is provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. To learn about how to obtain the certificate, visit this link:


Note that there is a fee to receive this certificate and the displayed wait time for the production of the certificate may be several months, however; requiring proof of citizenship in order to obtain employment would be considered an urgent reason, significantly reducing the wait time.

Various assessment tools may be used in this selection process such as: standardized tests, reference checks, written tests, an interview, etc.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Janille Rafanan - Human Resources Advisor
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