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Economist and Policy Analyst - Post-Secondary Recruitment

Reference number: FIN21J-020063-000166
Selection process number: 2021-FIN-EA-BL-32400
Department of Finance Canada
Ottawa (Ontario)
EC-03 - Leading to target level of EC-06 (Merit and performance based program)
$68,666 to $77,696 (This salary range applies to EC-03 group and level. The target level of EC-06 has a salary range of $100,121 to $116,116)

For further information on the organization, please visit Department of Finance Canada

Check out our video at the following URL to learn more about what the Department of Finance Canada is looking for in a new recruit. http://youtu.be/Zm3OqmeJcto

Closing date: 1 November 2021 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing 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

For any accommodation needs, please contact: ur-ru@fin.gc.ca

Our Current Work Environment:

Our employees are our single biggest asset and our employees’ health and safety is of the upmost importance.

In keeping with public health guidance, the Department of Finance Canada has established a remote work stance that we will maintain at this time. This is dependent upon how the public health situation evolves. While the department is working remotely, we are committed to supporting employees with the necessary tools to work effectively from home until our return to an office environment.

The Department of Finance Canada is open to considering telework arrangements requests for any new recruit who may wish to defer relocation to the National Capital Region* while we continue our remote work stance.

*The National Capital Region, also referred to as Canada's Capital Region, is an official federal designation for the Canadian capital of Ottawa, Ontario, the neighbouring city of Gatineau, Quebec, and surrounding urban and rural communities.


Master’s graduates hired under the Economist and Policy Analyst stream are involved in all aspects of the Department's work. They conduct policy analysis and forecasts, perform research, and provide recommendations on a wide variety of public policy issues. Recruits can choose to specialize in a particular area of the Department of Finance Canada, or can gain experience in a number of different areas of the Department.

Intent of the process

Only applicants meeting the essential qualifications will be included in a pool of qualified candidates, which hiring managers from the Department of Finance Canada and other federal government organizations may draw on until December 2022.

As this is a collective staffing process, the qualifications required may differ from one position to another. Our staffing process allows hiring managers to identify their individual needs for the position they are looking to fill. One or more of the asset qualifications may be used to identify candidates who are a good potential fit for a particular position. Other criteria may also be used such as official languages or organizational needs.

Only applicants who meet the essential qualifications will be advised by e-mail that they have been placed in the pool of candidates.

Positions to be filled: 25

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A response to a text question addressing the following:

Contact information for 2 references.

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


a) Degree
Candidates must have or be working on a Master's degree from a recognized university in one of the following fields:
- Economics
- Public policy/administration
- International relations/studies
- Business administration in finance

CANDIDATES MUST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THEIR MASTER'S DEGREE BY DECEMBER 31, 2022. Candidates hired will participate in the Economic and Social Sciences Services Developmental Program (ECDP).

b) Specialization in economics
University coursework must include the equivalent of at least three full-year undergraduate or graduate courses in economics (or six half-year courses) by the time of graduation. Candidates who have a concentration in finance at the Master's degree level and three or more half-year post-secondary courses in economics will be considered.

c) Academic excellence
Candidates must have obtained a grade point average (GPA) equivalent to 75 per cent or higher on their last completed Bachelor's degree.

Qualifications b) and c) will be validated. You will be asked to provide copies of your transcripts at a later step in the assessment process.

Degree equivalency

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


Academic scholarships, prizes, or awards.

Candidates having obtained high grades in undergraduate and/or graduate courses in the specialization relevant to the position being staffed.

Degree equivalency


Working toward or holding a professional designation relevant to the position (e.g. CPA, CMA, CFA).


Experience* in one or more of the following fields:
. Economics
. Public policy/administration
. International relations/studies
. Finance
* The experience is to have been acquired within the last five years and can be demonstrated through a combination of volunteer work, student employment (e.g. Teacher's Assistant, Research Assistant) and/or work experience.

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

English or French
Language requirements. Applicants must be proficient in one of the official languages.

Information on language requirements


Analytical Thinking – Analyzing and synthesizing information to understand issues, identify options, and support sound decision making.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing – Communicating ideas and information in writing to ensure that information and messages are understood and have the desired impact.

Ability to communicate effectively orally – Listening to others and communicating articulately, fostering open communication.


Critical Judgement – Evaluating ideas and information while referring to objective criteria to reach a rational conclusion

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


Information gathering and processing – Ability to locate and collect data/information from appropriate sources and analyze it to prepare meaningful and concise reports that summarize the information.


Achieving results – Organize time and work to accomplish objectives in the most effective and efficient way

Interpersonal Relations – Building and maintaining effective working relationships with others to achieve organizational goals

Resilience – Works effectively in the face of stress, ambiguity, change or strenuous demands


Be part of an organization that represents and includes the diverse identities, cultures, perspectives and experiences that make up Canada.

The Department of Finance Canada takes great pride in having a diverse workforce with wide-ranging skill sets. To promote a workforce that is representative of the Canadians we serve and to respond to organization’s/hiring managers’ needs, selection for hire may be limited to members of Employment Equity Groups. As such, we strongly encourage applicants who identify within the EE Groups to apply and self-identify in their application.

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

Secret security clearance - COVID-19 Vaccination
All employees of the core public administration are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

These factors are not used at the screening stage. The hiring organization is responsible for the security clearance process.

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 Finance Canada Economics and Social Science Services Development Program is a competency-based career development and progression program designed for the Economics and Social Science Services (EC) community in Department of Finance Canada's six policy branches. The program aims to develop high-calibre individuals to the target level of EC-06 Advisor/Economist (salary range: $100,121 to $116,116) within three to five years. Progression through successive EC levels up to the target level is based on a combination of performance evaluation and merit assessment established for the Economist and Policy Analyst program stream.

For more information on our department, including job descriptions, where we work, frequently asked questions, past recruits and employee benefits, please visit our website at: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/campaigns/university-recruitment.html

On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced details of its plans to require vaccination across the federal public service.

As per the new Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration Including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, federal public servants in the Core Public Administration and members of the RCMP must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), casual, and student hiring. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete an attestation.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


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

University Recruitment Team
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