CBSA Student Border Services Officer (Summer 2024)

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

Canada Border Services Agency


Calgary (Alberta),
Dorval (Québec),
Edmonton (Alberta),
Halifax (Nova Scotia),
Hamilton (Ontario),
London (Ontario),
Mississauga (Ontario),
Montréal Island (Québec),
Ottawa (Ontario),
Québec (Québec),
Regina (Saskatchewan),
Richmond (British Columbia),
Saskatoon (Saskatchewan),
St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador),
Toronto (Ontario),
Vancouver (British Columbia),
Waterloo (Ontario),
Winnipeg (Manitoba)

Job type



$16.84 - $34.59 (hourly rate)

Number of jobs


Contact information

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FSWEP eligibility criteria

                                                                 DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 12, 2023

What you will gain

This is not your typical job and that is great news.

If you want a hands-on job in law enforcement where you can make a positive difference, then you are in the right place.

As a Student Border Services Officer (SBSO), you will work alongside Border Services Officers (BSOs) in a unique and dynamic environment. You will get frontline experience on how CBSA serves and protects the public.

Are you considering a career as a BSO ?

Then gain experience as an SBSO - it is an asset when you apply to become a BSO. In fact, we have an SBSO to Officer Trainee / BSO Transition Process.

Eligible SBSOs who have worked at least 1 full term (1 student contract) within the last 2 years can apply to become a CBSA Officer Trainee / BSO without having to wait for an Officer Trainee / BSO job poster.

Don’t miss out on this benefit. Apply to become an SBSO today.

Apply early

Due to the lengthy hiring process, please apply as early as possible. Many hiring managers review applications before the closing date.

You will only be contacted if your application is randomly selected for consideration. This means you may NOT be contacted by CBSA for a job opportunity.

If you do not hear from us by December 2023, you will not be considered for positions in 2024; please re-apply next year.

What you will do

You will work at an international airport, CBSA international mail processing centre, marine operation or telephone reporting centre.

As an SBSO, you will work alongside BSOs to facilitate the flow of legitimate travellers and goods, and identify those that are a potential risk to Canada.

You will also promote compliance with Canada's border, trade and tax laws through responsible enforcement, quality service and public education.

Job duties include but are not limited to:

  • Serving and educating the public with professionalism, respect, empathy, and integrity
  • Interviewing travellers
  • Verifying declarations and goods
  • Referring travellers and goods that require further examination
  • Identifying fraudulent documents

Note: SBSOs do not carry a duty firearm.

When will you work?

If hired, your summer contract period will range from end of April 2024 to early September 2024. Your work period may vary by location. You will work full-time with the possibility of part-time re-hire for Fall 2024 and Winter 2025.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for post-secondary students who share CBSA’s values of integrity, respect, and professionalism.

Our ideal candidate:

  • is professional, empathetic and driven
  • is a critical thinker who pays attention to details
  • communicates effectively
  • thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • enjoys helping people
  • values client service
  • embraces learning, growth and challenges
  • works well under pressure
  • can problem-solve

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must meet ALL the FSWEP eligibility criteria:

  • be a full-time student in a post-secondary accredited / recognized academic institution
    • this includes persons with disabilities considered to have full-time status by their academic institution
  • be a full-time student during the entire hiring process (Fall 2023 and Winter/Spring 2024)
  • be returning to full-time post-secondary school in September 2024
  • be at least the age of majority in the province where you will be working


  • Proof of full-time post-secondary education will be requested throughout the hiring process.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents over nonCanadian students who are eligible to work in Canada

If you are looking for a hands-on job where you can contribute to Canada’s safety, security and prosperity, APPLY TODAY.

Conditions of employment

As part of the hiring process, you must pass the online Officer Trainee Entrance Exam (OTEE) and interview, after which, you must meet the following conditions before you are hired and while you are employed:

1.    You must be at least the age of majority in the province where you will be working. 

Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan

The age of majority is 18.

British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia
The age of majority is 19.

2.   Depending on the work location, you may need a valid driver's license* that allows you to drive a motor vehicle in Canada.

* A valid driver’s licence is a full driver’s licence. This does NOT include a driver’s licence with restrictions as part of any provincial graduated licencing. You will be asked to present an original, unrestricted driver’s licence.

3.   If you are considered for a job, you must meet the following requirements (CBSA will coordinate the administrative procedures):

  • Complete and meet the standards of a Health Canada medical exam, where required.
  • Obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
  • Obtain and maintain, in the weeks after being hired, a Restricted Area Identity Card (where required).
  • Successfully complete the paid, mandatory 5 week SBSO training which takes place between end of April and July.
    • SBSO training includes the Control and Defensive Tactics (CDT) course required to carry, use, and maintain CBSA issued defensive equipment (except a duty firearm), where required. 
  • What is CDT Training? The training gives officers the necessary skills to protect themselves and the public, and if necessary, use force to perform detentions and arrests while on duty. You will be required to learn and demonstrate physical skills such as handcuffing, takedowns, ground fighting, strikes (punches, kicks), and defensive batons techniques

4.   Wear and maintain a uniform, as per the CBSA Uniform Policy and Standard of Appearance.

5.   Carry, use and maintain CBSA-issued defensive equipment (handcuffs, oleoresin capsicum spray, baton), in accordance with the CBSA's policies and directives.

6.   Work full-time hours and various shifts, including weekends and holidays.

7.   Work overtime as required.

8.   Operate a government vehicle where required.

Additional information


CBSA is working to create a diverse workforce that represents the public it serves. Therefore, candidates from under-represented employment equity groups will be prioritized in the selection process. For more information, visit Employment Equity.

If you are a member of one or more of the following groups, we encourage you to self-declare when you apply so that your application is prioritized:

  • Indigenous (Aboriginal Peoples)
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Visible minorities
  • Women

        For more information on Self-Declaring, visit Self-declaring for Government of Canada Jobs.

Do you need accommodations?

We are committed to creating an inclusive and barrier-free workplace, starting with the hiring process.

If you need to be accommodated during the selection process, please let us know immediately. All information related to your accommodation request will be kept confidential.

Please note that if you need accommodation measures for the OTEE, we may request the assessments or documents related to your type of functional limitations, disabilities, needs or conditions. IF you are invited to write the OTEE, please inform us immediately if you need an accommodation. Upon receipt of your email, we may ask for the above information.

  • A pool of qualified candidates will be established from this selection process. Due to the high level of interest, NOT all qualified candidates will be hired.
  • If you are enrolled in a post-secondary school outside of Canada, your school MUST be accredited in the province where you will be working. Otherwise, you are NOT eligible to apply. Check the List of Designated Educational Institutions to find out if your school is accredited.
  • All information collected during the selection process, including behaviour and communication, from the time of application to the end of the process, may be used to assess candidates and make hiring decisions.

                                                                                     DEADLINE TO APPLY: October 12, 2023

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