Student Border Services Officer (SBSO) – Summer 2021

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),
Sidney (British Columbia),
St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador),
Toronto (Ontario),
Winnipeg (Manitoba)

Job type



$15.40- $33.58 per hour

Number of jobs

Approximately 300 Canada-wide

Contact information

Student Border Services Officers: position and training

FSWEP eligibility criteria

What you will gain

Are you ready for a job on the front line?

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is proud to give you an opportunity to gain law enforcement experience as a 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 over 100 laws and regulations in various fields – we will help you build an expertise!

CLOSING DATE: November 23, 2020

What you will do

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

• interviewing travelers 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
• preventing drugs, firearms & other prohibited goods from entering Canada
• assessing risk to make decisions concerning admissibility to Canada

Note: SBSOs will not carry a duty firearm.

Duration: full-time summer employment (May to August 2021) - possibility of part-time re-hire for fall 2021 and winter 2022.

Experience working as a SBSO 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
• demonstrate CBSA values of professionalism, integrity and respect

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 Employment Equity groups, when you apply: Aboriginal peoples and Women.

You must also meet the FSWEP eligibility criteria.

If you are ready to embrace this challenging and rewarding opportunity, submit your application (including your résumé), indicating the following:

Your 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.

Your preferred 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: Richmond (Vancouver International Airport, CBSA Mail Centre), Abbotsford (Abbotsford International Airport), Sidney (Victoria International Airport)
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 with 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)

*A valid driver’s licence must be a full driver’s licence, without restrictions. This does not include a driver’s licence with restrictions as part of any provincial graduated licencing. Candidates must present an original, unrestricted driver’s licence when requested.

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
2. restricted Area Identity Card (RAIC) (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: November 23, 2020

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

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