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Grain Inspector Developmental Program - Grain Inspector Trainee

Reference number: CGC22J-028682-000097
Selection process number: 22-CGC-HQ-EA-IS-3321
Canadian Grain Commission
Baie-Comeau (Québec)
$40,931 to $60,528 (PI-CGC-01); $54,267 to $64,637 (PI-CGC-02); $58,215 to $69,509 (PI-CGC-03)

Closing date: 17 February 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

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.

There may be future selection processes open to fill identical positions in other service centers. You need to apply in each of those selection processes if interested in those positions.


The Industry Services Division of the CGC introduced a Grain Inspector Development Program (GIDP) in early 2014. The GIDP is an, up to, 4-year development program to qualify as a full working level Grain Inspector (PI-CGC-03). The development program is based on a modular curriculum of both classroom training and working practicum.

A Grain Inspector trainee will develop the ability to perform the preliminary inspection and analysis of grain samples; grading of grain samples; draw representative grain samples; determine the protein content on samples of wheat; maintain records of inspection data and inspect equipment; and perform other related duties as assigned.

Grain Inspector trainees will be expected to develop the required technical /behavioral competencies, within the four (4) year program as they progress from Trainee (PI-CGC-01) to Intermediate (PI-CGC-02) to full working level Grain Inspector (PI-CGC-03). An individual’s development will be constantly monitored against the program’s competency standards and expectations which, once demonstrated, a Trainee will be promoted to the next level. A Trainee’s development of the GIDP competencies will be based on an individual’s effort and capacity to learn as measured and reflected throughout the program so that progress through to the full working level may be accomplished within the four (4) year maximum timeframe. As such, a Trainee will be on probation for the duration of the development program and may be released at any time for failure to demonstrate the technical / behavioral competencies required and not meeting the goals and expectations of the program.

Successful completion of all GIDP components will be a condition of employment for all participants upon acceptance of a Grain Inspector trainee position.

Grain Inspector Trainees will work in a heavy industrial environment with exposure to moving railcars, automated equipment, dust, noise, bird excrement, heights and rodents. Employees must use personal protective equipment (supplied) as required for safety purposes. Any known allergies must be controlled through the use of masks and/or medication and must not impinge on ability to perform the job.

Work environment

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is a federal department responsible to ensure the integrity and market ability of grain for the domestic and international grain trade, from producer to global customer.

The CGC is a significant part of Canada’s dynamic and diverse agriculture sector. We regulate grain handling in Canada, set grain standards and conduct research on grain. At the CGC we strive to live our values of Excellence, Integrity, Respect and Accountability.

We promote work/life balance and we have an Employee and Family Assistance program to support you and your family.

Intent of the process

This process will be used to staff two (2) full-time indeterminate positions in Baie-Comeau, Québec.
A pool of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar indeterminate training positions in Baie-Comeau, QC.

The number of trainee positions will vary from location to location based on operational needs and the intake capacity of the development program.

A candidate may only write the assessments once as their test results will be valid for a period of 180 days and will be retained for similar processes at different locations. Assessments may be administered at different locations.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

• Secondary school diploma or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

• Degree, applied degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution (e.g. college, CEGEP, university).

Degree equivalency

• Experience working in the grain industry.
• Experience in the operation of grain elevators and their sampling and/or bulk weighing systems.
• Experience with grading grain.
• Recent* experience working at the Canadian Grain Commission.
• Significant** experience with the use of standard business related computer software applications (word processing, spreadsheet and database).

Recent* and significant** experience is defined as experience acquired daily over a period of 2 years or more within the last 4 years.

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

Bilingual - Imperative (BBB/BBB)
Bilingual - Imperative (BAA/BAA)

Information on language requirements

• Effective Interactive Communication
• Attention to detail
• Adaptability
• Being a Team Player
• Initiative
• Commitment to Quality
• Analytical Thinking

• Ability to analyze and solve problems.
• Ability to differentiate items according to color, size and shape.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

• Successful completion of the development program to the full working level of Grain Inspector (PI-CGC- 03) within the maximum of the four (4) year probationary period (seasonal employment excepted).
• Ability and willingness to obtain and maintain, in good standing, the appropriate security level clearance for access to any work related site.
• Valid driver's license OR personal mobility in the time and manner normally associated with possession and use of a valid driver's license.
• Ability and willingness to lift grain samples (up to 20 kg), to climb ladders and work at heights.
• Ability and willingness to be exposed to grain dust / soil, and to outdoor conditions in an industrial environment. Known allergies must be controlled through the use of personal protective equipment and/or medication, and must not impinge upon the duties to be performed.
• Ability and willingness to work overtime FREQUENTLY, as required.
• Ability and willingness to travel, FREQUENTLY as required, including on short notice.
• Ability and willingness to work in and around moving equipment in an indoor/outdoor industrial environment.
• Ability and willingness to adhere to CGC and industry safety standards and procedures.

Candidates must meet all of the applicable Conditions of Employment at the time of appointment and throughout their period of employment.

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 starting salary for this position will be $49,230.

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 as SPAM).

Communication for this process will be sent via email. All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence, may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

The ASSET qualification(s) may be used for screening of applications. If you meet these asset qualifications(s), PLEASE CLEARLY DEMONSTRATE IN WRITING HOW YOU MEET THEM. Provide examples and describe the work/duties you have performed. Failure to do so may result in your application not being considered further during the screening process.

Candidates invited to an interview will be required to provide original proof of their education credentials, in the form of a diploma or official transcript.

In order to manage the number of applications in the selection process, management may use 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.

Confirmation of receipt of applications will not be sent by Canadian Grain Commission; only candidates successful in the screening process will be contacted.


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.

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