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Student Border Services Officer (SBSO) - Summer 2019

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

Canada Border Services Agency


Abbotsford (British Columbia),
Calgary (Alberta),
Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island),
Dorval (Québec),
Edmonton (Alberta),
Fredericton (New Brunswick),
Halifax (Nova Scotia),
Hamilton (Ontario),
Mississauga (Ontario),
Moncton (New Brunswick),
Montréal Island (Québec),
Ottawa (Ontario),
Québec (Québec),
Regina (Saskatchewan),
Richmond (British Columbia),
Saskatoon (Saskatchewan),
St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador),
Toronto (Ontario),
Winnipeg (Manitoba)

Job type



$12.93 - $25.94 per hour (see Note 1)

Number of jobs

Approximately 300 Canada-wide

Contact information


Student Border Services Officers at work on the front line

Information about self-identifying in the Public Service

What you will gain

Are you ready for the front line?

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is proud to give you an opportunity to gain law enforcement experience as a Student Border Services Officer (SBSO).

You will make a difference by:

• ensuring the safety and prosperity of Canada
• working in a rewarding, dynamic and motivating environment
• being offered a wide range of opportunities to develop your skills
• learning and enforcing 101 laws and regulations in various fields – we will help you build an expertise!

We encourage all interested candidates to apply as early as possible due to the extensive selection process and security clearance.

Note 1: If the applicable provincial or territorial minimum wage amount is higher than the current maximum offered for the corresponding academic level of the student, the provincial or territorial minimum wage rate is to be applied.

CLOSING DATE: January 2, 2019

What you will do

You will work in a CBSA postal service or international airport in collaboration with Border Services Officers (BSO) to determine the admissibility of people and goods to and from Canada by performing some of the following tasks:

• interviewing travellers from various backgrounds and cultures
• examining various declarations and goods
• identifying fraudulent documents
• providing quality service and education to the travelling public
• identifying people and goods that pose a threat to Canada
• assessing risk
• preventing drugs, firearms & other prohibited goods from entering Canada
• making decisions

Note 2: SBSOs will not carry a duty firearm

Duration: Full-time summer employment (May to August 2019) - possibility of part-time re-hire for fall 2019 and winter 2020.

Experience working as a Student Border Services Officer is considered an asset in the CBSA Officer Trainee - Developmental Program selection process.

What we are looking for

The ideal post-secondary candidate must be able to:

• critically analyze and weigh various elements of situations to come to a desired outcome in various settings
• adopt a client approach by demonstrating interest in the client’s needs and expectations while solving problematic situations
• pay attention to verbal and non-verbal indicators and validate understanding prior to making a decision
• communicate effectively
• use cognitive abilities when addressing a situation

The CBSA is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to self-identify if you belong to one of the following targeted Employment Equity groups, when you apply: Aboriginal person, Woman.

You meet the FSWEP eligibility criteria.

If you are ready to embrace this challenging but rewarding opportunity, submit your application, indicating the following:

Area of study: Various. Preference may be given to students studying in a field related to the job, such as: criminology, law, safety/security studies, psychology, sociology, customs border services or police studies.

Work location: CBSA postal services and international airports are located in the following cities:

Alberta: Calgary (Calgary International Airport), Edmonton (Edmonton International Airport)
British Columbia: Abbotsford (Abbotsford International Airport), Richmond (Vancouver International Airport, CBSA Mail Centre)Manitoba: Winnipeg (James Armstrong Richardson International Airport)
Newfoundland and Labrador: St. John’s (St. John's International Airport)
New Brunswick: Fredericton (Fredericton International Airport), Moncton (Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport)
Nova Scotia: Halifax (Stanfield International Airport)
Ontario: Hamilton (Hamilton International Airport), Mississauga (International Mail Processing Centre, Toronto Pearson International Airport), Ottawa (Macdonald-Cartier International Airport), Toronto (Billy Bishop International Airport)
Prince Edward Island: Charlottetown (Charlottetown Airport)
Quebec: Dorval (Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport), Montréal Island (International Mail Processing Centre Léo Blanchette), Québec City (Jean Lesage International Airport)
Saskatchewan: Regina (Regina International Airport), Saskatoon (John G. Diefenbaker International Airport)

Conditions of Employment

Conditions of employment are any requirements that must be met or complied before being hired to a particular position and are to be maintained throughout the employment.

A) For certain locations, you will be asked to obtain the following on your own time prior to employment:

1. possess and maintain a valid driver's license that allows you to drive a motor vehicle in Canada (where required)

B) If you are considered for employment, you will need to obtain and maintain (CBSA will coordinate the appropriate administrative processes):

1. secret security clearance (digital fingerprints)
2. transportation Security Clearance (where required)
3. successful completion of requirements to carry, use and maintain CBSA issued defensive equipment (where required)
4. meet the expected medical standard (where required)

You must accept the following:

5. wear and maintain a uniform as per CBSA Uniform Policy and Standard of Appearance
6. work various shifts, including weekends and holidays
7. work overtime as required
8. operate a government vehicle (where required)

CLOSING DATE: January 2, 2019

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