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Cook's Helper

Reference number: PEN23J-018160-000462
Selection process number: 2023-PEN-EA-PAC-179783
Correctional Service Canada
Abbotsford (British Columbia), Agassiz (British Columbia), Mission (British Columbia)
$23.20 to $25.21 per hour (Plus Inmate Training Differential and Correctional Service Specific Duty Allowance; allowances may be subject to change)

For further information on the organization, please visit Correctional Service Canada

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Closing date: 20 April 2024 - 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.

The first pull of applications is scheduled for May 1, 2023. You can make modifications to your submitted application at any time, but once your application has been selected for screening, you will no longer be able to make modifications and your submission will be considered final.  

Applications from the inventory may be pulled on a regular basis or will take place on an "as and when needed" basis. Your application in this inventory will be active for 105 days. A notice that your application is about to expire will be posted to the My jobs menu of your account 15 days before the end of your active period. If you do not take action, your application will no longer be active and therefore no longer considered for this inventory. Should your application become inactive while the process is still open, a notice will be posted to your account indicating that your application has expired; you may select the link Update my Inventory Status to reaffirm your interest.  

In your application, please identify the legal status which entitles you to work in Canada - Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit.
You will be asked to show proof of this status in order to complete the security screening required for employment. Failure to provide this information will eliminate your application from further consideration.

Individuals without Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status will only be considered if all other applicants are determined to be not qualified.

Work environment

Working in a correctional institutional environment with offenders and staff members.
Provision of assistance in the preparation, distribution and service of meals and preparation and distribution of groceries to offenders in an institution of the Correctional Service of Canada or a Regional Food Production Centre (RFPC).
Training of offenders in the area of Food Services to improve their employability skills and behaviours.

Intent of the process

A pool of partially / fully assessed candidates may be established through this selection process to staff positions with various tenures.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

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)

Recent experience working in food services within a commercial or institutional setting.
Experience in the preparation and distribution of short order cooking.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Successful completion of two years of secondary school or an acceptable combination of education, training and experience.

Degree equivalency

Knowledge of food preparation and service techniques (e.g. portion control, measuring ingredients, operating kitchen equipment etc).
Knowledge of preparation and food handling procedures.
Knowledge of workplace safety requirements, hygiene and sanitation practices.
Knowledge of safe lifting and carrying techniques.

Ability to perform simple mathematical calculations accurately.
Ability to communicate effectively orally.
Ability to provide training.

Work in a team.

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

Successful completion of a secondary school diploma.
Possession of a valid recognized Safe Food Handling Program certification.
Professional Culinary Art diploma.

Degree equivalency

Experience working with cash register or Point of sale system.
Experience working in a correctional environment (institutional or community office).

To support employment equity objectives, increased representation of employment equity groups.
To support diversity and inclusion, increased representation of a member of an equity-seeking group.
To meet business objectives, increased representation of a member of an equity-seeking group.

Information on employment equity

To be determined by local management.

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Willingness to work overtime on short notice.
Willingness to work shift work (evening, weekends, statutory holidays).
Willingness to work with federally incarcerated offenders.

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

You must be able to provide proof of your education credentials. Vous devez être en mesure de fournir des attestations d'études.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language(s) of their choice.

A random and/or top down selection of candidates may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.


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

Stanley Kumar, A/HR Advisor, Developmental
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