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Join the Military Spouse Employment Initiative!

Reference number: DND21J-022354-000002
Selection process number: 21-DND-EA-NSP-481838
National Defence
If you are you a military spouse or common-law partner interested in employment opportunities in the federal public service, join the Military Spouse Employment Initiative (MSEI) today!
Salary: According to Treasury Board

Rates of pay for public service employees

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Closing date: 14 June 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Eligible spouses and common-law partners of serving Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members.
(Please see the eligibility criteria in the Important messages section.)
What is the MSEI?

The Department of National Defence (DND) recognizes the challenges you face as a military spouse or common-law partner in finding and maintaining meaningful employment, when facing frequent relocations. In response, DND established the MSEI to provide military spouses and common-law partners with enhanced employment opportunities to pursue your career and develop your skills.

This initiative gives you an opportunity to access meaningful employment in a broad range of work streams that match your experience, skills and interests—within DND and all other federal government departments and agencies. The MSEI inventory covers a broad range of work streams. The available work streams are listed in the Important messages section. Other work streams may become available based on operational requirements.

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

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.


To be considered for this inventory, all the following eligibility criteria must be met:
1. You must be a military spouse or common-law partner of a serving Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member;
2. You must not already be employed as a permanent (indeterminate) employee in the federal public service;
3. You must reside with your CAF member spouse/partner at the member’s place of duty or if living separately, you are doing so for military reasons; and
4. Your serving CAF member spouse/partner must be a member of the Regular Force or the Reserve Force on Class C service or Class B reserve service of more than 180 consecutive days.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will be asked to provide your spouse/partner's CAF service number in the online application. The member’s service record will confirm the #1, #3 and #4 eligibility criteria.

The MSEI covers a broad range of work streams:
• Health Services – including Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers and others
• Communications/Public Relations
• Office Administration – including General, Human Resources, Executive Assistants and others
• Teaching/Education Professionals – including Second Language Teachers, Educational Advisors and others
• Information Technology Specialists
• Programmers and Developers
• Procurement Services OR Materiel Management
• General Labour and Trades
• General Services - Including Food Services, Stores Services, Cleaning Services and others
• Social Science Services - including Economics, Statistics and others
• Human Resource Specialists
• Engineering Technologists

STEP 1: Let us know you’re interested! 👍 Click “Apply online” and follow the instructions

IMPORTANT NOTE: When choosing your location of work, choose only the location(s) for which you are currently available to work. If and when you relocate, you will need to update your location of work in your application. Detailed information on how to update your application is provided below under the “Other Information” heading.

STEP 2: We want to learn about you! 😊 Attach your resume and answer the screening questions in the online application.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Ensure you answer only the screening questions for the work streams that you are interested in AND have recent experience in. Your responses to the screening questions and your resume are key! Please be clear when describing your experience and be sure to include information about roles you have occupied that are relevant to the work streams you have chosen. Definitions of each work stream are identified in the screening questions in order to help you decide which one(s) to apply for. Don’t forget to include information about education and/or training that you have completed. A cover letter is not required.

Need help updating your resume? You can find some great tips and tricks here: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/findajob/resources/write-good-resume

STEP 3: What happens next? ✅ The MSEI Team identifies applicants to hiring managers.

Once your eligibility is confirmed, you will be a registered applicant in the MSEI employment inventory and will be marketed to hiring managers within the DND and other federal government departments and agencies.

Managers with job vacancies will contact the MSEI Team and provide a summary of their job requirements, including the education, experience, and language requirements, as well as the location of the position. Based on this information, the MSEI team conducts a thorough search of all applications in the inventory to identify those which match the job requirements. Those applications are then shared with the hiring manager for further consideration and/or assessment.

Intent of the process

The MSEI is intended to provide military spouses and common-law partners with enhanced opportunities to develop their skills and pursue their careers through meaningful employment within DND and other federal government departments and agencies. This casual inventory is open exclusively to eligible military spouses and common-law partners of actively serving CAF members.

By working in the federal public service, you will find opportunities to:
• make professional connections with colleagues and leaders;
• have access to professional networks and training that can help build your career;
• experience work-life balance;
• work with people from various backgrounds in an organization that values diversity;
• have job security and flexibility; and
• receive competitive salaries and benefits.
*Teleworking (working from home) may be available for some positions

For more information on the federal public service’s tenures of employment and their entitlements, please consult: https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/topics/staffing/public-service-workforce.html

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Your spouse or common-law partner's CAF service number.

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


The education requirements will vary according to the position being staffed. Please be sure to provide your complete educational history in your application.

Qualifications standards may vary according to the group and level. For more information about the qualification standards for the core public administration, please consult: https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/services/staffing/qualification-standards/core.html

Degree equivalency


The experience required will depend on the position to be staffed. Please be sure to include your relevant experience for the work streams you are applying for AND want to be referred to for further consideration. Other work streams may become available based on operational requirements.

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

Various language requirements
• English essential
• French essential
• Bilingual - imperative (BBB/BBB; CBC/CBC)

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills

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

Additional qualifications may be required for some positions and you may be contacted and asked to submit information or to be further assessed.

Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment

Depending on the position to be staffed, the security clearance will be one of the following:
• Reliability Status
• Confidential
• Secret
• Top Secret

*Other conditions of employment may be required according to the position.

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

The Department of National Defence is committed to providing an environment where justice, fairness and the elimination of barriers helps build a skilled, diverse and representative workforce reflective of Canada. We welcome diversity in all its forms, promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

We understand that life doesn’t stand still. Perhaps you acquired a new work experience, completed some additional education, or were relocated to another base/wing. You are strongly encouraged to update your application anytime something changes that may impact your application. This information is used to determine whether you meet the requirements for specific jobs, so it is important that your application is always up to date.

To update your information you need to log in to your GC Jobs account and retrieve your application. Your application will revert to “In Progress”, and you will be able to make the necessary changes. After updating your information, you must resubmit your application in order to have it included in the inventory. If you do not wish to remain in the inventory you can delete your application at this stage.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications to this initiative do expire periodically (approximately every 90 days) and must be renewed to remain in the inventory. The GC Jobs portal should send you an email notification prompting you to renew your application prior to its expiry. Please ensure that your email account settings are programmed to accept emails from: CFP.NePasRepondre-SRFP-PSRS-DoNotReply.PSC@canada.ca

Don't miss any important communications about the MSEI and your application! Please ensure that your email account settings are programmed to accept emails from our address: MilitarySpouseEmployment-Emploidesconjointsdemilitaires@forces.gc.ca

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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

Military Spouse Employment Initiative Assessment Accommodations: Please contact the person arranging your assessment. (The following address is an example.)
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