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Food Processing Specialist Inspector

Reference number: ICA22J-023043-000058
Selection process number: 22-ICA-QC-OE-VAR-QUE-273
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Alma (Québec), Chicoutimi (Québec), Ville de Saguenay (Québec)
Indeterminate, term
$63,302 to $80,094 (Salary under review)

For further information on the organization, please visit Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Closing date: 1 December 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada.

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

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

The CFIA considers applications from individuals who have legal status to work in Canada and does not give preference to Canadian citizens.

We will only accept applications received through the GC Jobs website, therefore you must submit your application by clicking on “Apply online” in this advertisement. Persons who are unable to apply online must use the “Contact information” below, prior to the closing date, to request specialized accommodation.

***Please note that this process is advertised in parallel with the Food Processing Specialist Inspector process (22-ICA-QC-OE-VAR-QUE-240) and that the same assessment tools will be applied to both processes. Therefore, for applicants applying to both processes, only information submitted through process 22-ICA-QC-OE-VAR-QUE-240 will be assessed.

Process Details
The assessment of candidates will take place in multiple phases:

Phase 1- Online Application/Text questions

When submitting your application, you must answer two types of questions for the screening stage.
1. Questions related to Education and Essential Experience
2. Questions related to the following essential competency:
EC2. Work effectively with others

Your answers to these questions will be used to assess one essential competency as well as Written communication (EC5). As a result, if you do not get the required pass mark for each of these competencies, your application will not be considered further in the staffing process.

Phase 2- Assessment

The following essential competencies will be assessed throughout an interview and/or a test and/or reference check:

EC1. Adaptability and flexibility
EC3. Judgement
EC4. Persuasion and negotiation
EC6. Oral communication


The main activities for the position to be staffed may include:
• Monitor or audit food processing activities.
• Collect and prepare samples of finished product or surface for laboratory analysis to test for the presence of residues or pathogens.
• Inspect and monitor regulated party facilities to ensure that hygiene and food safety measures are followed.
• Inspect meat products and other foods to ensure they meet Canadian standards; inspect and certify products for export to ensure they meet the requirements of importing countries.
• Conduct audits and evaluations of food processing facilities and systems against regulatory standards, identify non-compliance and negotiate corrective measures.
• Investigate complaints related to illness, environmental hazards, emergencies, food safety issues and commercial fraud.
• Provide information and clarification on Canadian and foreign regulatory requirements to clients, other government departments and the public.

Work environment

We offer a bilingual, science-based environment, with excellent benefits, flexible hours, opportunities for advancement, and emphasis on learning and development, and a high level of employee satisfaction. Join a workforce that’s as diverse as the people it serves. You can find some more great reasons to join us on our website: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/cfia-jobs/top-10-reasons-to-join-us/eng/1299859095075/1299859142835

Intent of the process

The need is to staff one (1) indeterminate position in Chicoutimi. A pool of qualified candidates will be established to fill Food Processing Specialist Inspector positions in Chicoutimi, Ville de Saguenay and Alma only.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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.

EEd1 - Completion of post-secondary education specializing in relevant technical sciences OR an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Note that the combination is acceptable for individuals who are currently employees of CFIA, or who have inspection experience with CFIA or its precursor departments.

CFIA Operations will apply a preference for: university graduation with specialization in a field related to the functions of the position.

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.

Degree equivalency

EE1 - Experience working in the Agri food industry (experience gained in your program of study or during an internship could also be accepted).

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

AEx1 - Recent* experience applying legislation, regulations, policies and/or procedures related to food production.
AEx2 - Recent* experience in conducting audits or evaluations of food facilities or food processing systems against regulatory standards and identifying non-compliant areas and recommending corrective actions.
AEx3 - Recent* experience working as an inspector for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

* Recent experience is defined as having preformed the duties within the last five (5) years.

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

French essential

Information on language requirements


EC1- Adaptability and flexibility
EC2 - Work effectively with others
EC3 - Judgement
EC4 - Persuasion and negotiation
EC5 - Written communication
EC6 - Oral communication

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.

The following conditions of employment are required for an appointment:
• Adherence to the CFIA Code of Conduct.
• Adherence to the CFIA Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Policy.
• Compliance with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector.
• Legal status to accept employment for the entire period of employment.

Any of the following conditions of employment may be required for an appointment from the pool:
• Medical suitability: Pass a Pre-placement Health Evaluation and Periodic Health Evaluation.
• Willing and available to travel, as required
• Willing and available to work shifts
• Willing and available to work irregular hours (e.g., days, nights, weekends, statutory holidays)
• Willing and available to work overtime, as required
• To have and maintain a valid driver`s license
• To assume responsibility for making transportation arrangements to get to diverse and distant
work sites in a timely and efficient manner
• To use in the prescribed circumstances and manner all prescribed safety materials, equipment, devices and clothing.
• Willing and able to be immunized as indicated by job risk, location, overseas travel and other identified risks.
• Willing and available to travel frequently, as required
• Willing to work in various locations, including third-party premises.
• To use prescribed and provided respiratory equipment that meets the respiratory program requirements; to undergo fit testing (e.g. may need to be clean-shaven, depending on the respirator design).
• Willing and able to work in environmentally challenging or physically demanding conditions

Other information

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency 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.


Personal information is obtained for the purpose of determining an individual’s competence and suitability for employment. If a staffing complaint questions this determination, please be advised that relevant personal information you will provide in the course of this staffing process may be disclosed to substantiate the staffing decision.

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.

a) You are entitled to participate in the staffing process in the official language of your choice.

b) For this staffing process, the CFIA will communicate with you by email. You must provide a valid email address to which you wish to receive communication regarding this staffing process. You must ensure that you check your email account including spam, promotion or other folders regularly as there may be a deadline for responses. If you respond past the deadline you risk being removed from the staffing process.

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

d) During the application or assessment process both cheating and plagiarism are considered forms of misconduct and are not permitted. Any person found cheating, including those who help others to cheat, may be subject to removal from the staffing process.

e) 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.

f) For more information on how to apply to a CFIA staffing process, please visit: https://inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/job-opportunities/how-to-apply/eng/1340676915348/1340679107182

g) You will be asked to provide proof of your education credentials later in the staffing process.

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

i) All written and verbal communication obtained throughout the staffing process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidate.

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

Contact information

Marie-Ève Blanchet, Acting Inspection Manager
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