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Recruitment of Policy Leaders (RPL) - Recruitment of Policy Leaders

Reference number: PSC20J-019774-000034
Selection process number: RPL-RLP-2020-2021
Public Service Commission of Canada on behalf of Government of Canada organizations.
Various work locations in Canada. Please note that the majority of the positions are located in the National Capital Region.
EC-05, EC-06, EC-07 - or equivalent groups and levels
Indeterminate, Term
$87,308 to $127,950

To learn more about the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program (RPL), click here.

Closing date: 9 November 2020 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

Important messages

The Government of Canada is committed to fostering a public service culture grounded in diversity, inclusiveness and accessibility. An inclusive workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated and respected, and where each person’s talents and strengths are fully developed and utilized.

Representation matters!

Creating an environment where diverse perspectives are valued begins with self-declaration. Count yourself in and self-declare by identifying which employment equity group(s) you belong to. To learn more about the self-declaring, visit our website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/jobs/opportunities/government/self-declaring-because-we-care.html

Give yourself the best chance to succeed!

If you have a limitation that may impact your performance during an assessment, such as a test or interview, you may require an accommodation. Assessment accommodations are designed to remove the obstacles without altering the criteria being assessed so candidates with limitations can fully demonstrate their abilities.

Each request for assessment accommodations will be individually reviewed. You will be asked to provide information regarding your limitations. If needed, professional documentation could be requested to determine the appropriate accommodation measures. For more information about assessment accommodation, please visit our website at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/services/assessment-accommodation-page.html

To request an assessment accommodation or if you have questions, please contact us as soon as possible at CFP.RLP-RPL.PSC@canada.ca. You may contact us regarding accommodations at any stage of the process.

Canada’s Public Service is recognized as a world class public service. Through this one employer:

• you will have access to a variety of opportunities across the country in a broad range of specializations that offer training, development possibilities and career advancement;
• you will have access to work-life balance through a flexible work environment, excellent benefits and competitive salaries;
• you will be able to put your calling to work and have an impact on your community through your contribution and the quality of your work;
• you will be encouraged to innovate, collaborate and challenge the status quo in achieving results for Canadians and our communities.

Join us and be part of a modern, leading and performing federal public service! Apply today!

Work environment

Talented and accomplished academics, scientists, and professionals: Are you ready to pursue a stimulating, challenging and diverse career with the Government of Canada?

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of Canadians in the fields you are passionate about?

The Recruitment of Policy Leaders (RPL) recognizes your expertise and previous experience thus providing direct access to intermediate and senior level policy positions. Through RPL, you will be able to provide leadership on diverse mandates, advise senior government officials in a fast-paced environment and develop solutions to some of Canada's most challenging policy issues.

Take this opportunity to be part of a dynamic network that contributes to the advancement of public policy in Canada. Apply today!

Interested in learning more? Hear from alumni of the program and join one of webinars and Q&A sessions. Visit our GCwiki page for details and registration links: https://wiki.gccollab.ca/RPL_RLP

Intent of the process

Creation of a pool of qualified candidates that will be used by multiple federal government organizations to staff positions with various tenures, linguistic profiles and requirements throughout the country, but mainly in the National Capital Region.

Candidates may also be considered for other employment opportunities at various levels within the Government of Canada.

Positions to be filled: 30

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

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

As part of the application process you will be asked to respond to screening questions about the requirements listed below. Please note that in order to pass the pre-selection stage, it is necessary to answer all the questions for which you meet the requirements:

Master's degree or doctorate, in any discipline, obtained by December 31, 2021, from a recognized university.


Degree* in any discipline AND a law degree, both obtained by December 31, 2021, from a recognized university.

*Unless it is otherwise specified (e.g. Master’s degree), the term “degree” refers to a baccalaureate as established by educational authorities.

Have a record of academic excellence supported by a combination of the following elements:

- High level scholarships, such as: Trudeau, Rhodes, Fulbright, Canada's federal research funding agencies (Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)), Indspire Excellence Scholarship, BBPA National Scholarship; OR

- Major academic prizes or recognition, such as: Governor General's Gold Medals, merit awards, departmental or university awards, admission to internationally competitive academic programs, other field- or community-specific awards for academic excellence; OR

- Publications in peer-reviewed journals or publication of a book by a major publishing house.

Note: All scholarships, awards, recognitions or distinctions listed in your application will be verified and you will be required to provide the relevant proof to support your application when requested. Please do not include awards for which you would be unable to provide relevant proof.

Degree equivalency

Have relevant policy experience in the economic, political, legal, social or scientific fields in the following contexts:

- Professional experience; OR

- Conducting research, including community-based research, studies, presentations or relevant publications; OR

- Program or policy development or implementation; OR

- Leadership experience with non-governmental or non-profit organizations, government, Indigenous organizations, businesses, consulting firms, think tanks or universities.


Have participated in extra-curricular or volunteer activities in which you have demonstrated leadership or personal initiative to make positive changes in the community through:

- Voluntary service to, or leadership in, a community (e.g. student government, contributions in the voluntary sector or non-profit organizations); OR

- Personal accomplishment or initiative (e.g. participation in national or international sport competitions, recognition in culture or the arts, leadership role in an NGO, founding a business or other organization); OR

- Recognition through major awards and other forms of public recognition for activities or contributions in the community (e.g. Diamond Jubilee Medal, Canada's Volunteer Awards, Harry Jerome Award).

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

Various language requirements
- Bilingual imperative – Level : BBB/BBB being the minimum
- English or French Essential
- Depending on the position being staffed, considerations could be given to bilingual non-imperative

The Unsupervised tests of reading and writing comprehension for level B or C were developed by the Public Service Commission as a temporary measure to help departments and agencies fill bilingual positions while the situation related to COVID-19 is ongoing.

Candidates who are screened in and wish to be considered for bilingual positions will be invited by email to complete these unsupervised internet tests, in their second official language. Although candidates will not need to be tested in a federal government office, access to a computer and an Internet connection will be required.

Information on language requirements

- Knowledge of Canada's public policy environment, its challenges and priorities.

- Analytical thinking
- Judgement
- Values and ethics
- Effective interpersonal relations
- Creativity
- Initiative/Leadership
- Effective communications (orally and in writing)

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

Selection for certain positions 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

Various security clearance: Reliability to Top secret according to the position to be filled.

Other information

Candidates selected through the screening of applications will be invited to complete a take-home written exam, which is expected to take place the week of January 11, 2021. Candidates will have a few days to write the exam. Failure to complete the exam during the allocated time will result in elimination from the process. Arrangements for alternatives to this date will only be made in exceptional circumstances.

Please note that if you do not respond to communications sent by the RPL team during the selection process within the prescribed time frame, your application will no longer be considered in this process.

Candidates who are deemed qualified via this process must consent to the distribution of their assessment results, résumé and personal information (e.g. biography, proof of all the academic excellence examples or distinctions that were indicated in your application, proof of education and citizenship) to hiring federal organizations.

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 and to Canadian citizens, in that order, 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

Recruitment of Policy Leaders Team, Public Service Commission
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