Job Opportunities — FAQ's

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How many vacancies are anticipated in the Fall 2010 competition?
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The Bureau is aiming to hire 5-8 new employees.
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What educational background is the Bureau seeking?
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For the Fall 2010 competition the Bureau is seeking candidates with a Master's degree in economics. Courses in Industrial Organization will be considered an asset.
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Where are the positions located?
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The positions are located in the National Capital Region at Headquarters in Gatineau, Quebec, just across the river from Ottawa.
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Where is Gatineau and how big is the National Capital Region?
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Gatineau is located in the province of Quebec, just across the river from Ottawa. It is part of the National Capital Region. This region has a population of about 1 million and offers all urban amenities with plenty of green space. It stretches out on both sides of the Ottawa River to include parts of Ontario and Quebec and the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau. The Rideau Canal, Parliament, the Byward Market, the Gatineau Hills, shopping malls, parks, national museums, theatres, cafés, galleries and great restaurants, are all within a 5 to 20-minute walk from work. It is the home of three universities, embassies, national research centers and associations, and professional sports teams. It plays host to a number of annual festivals such as the International Film Festival and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.
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Will the Bureau pay for my moving expenses if I am from outside of the region?
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Yes, the Bureau can assist by reimbursing relocation related expenses to a maximum of $5,000 to newly appointed employees for a duration of one year (365 days) or more.
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Do I need to be bilingual to work at the Bureau?
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The Bureau promotes a work environment where both official languages, English and French, are used. However, for this competition, applicants do not need to be bilingual when they are hired as all positions are designated unilingual English or unilingual French. However, bilingualism becomes increasingly important for supervision and management positions.
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Will I receive second-language training once I am hired?
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The Bureau is committed to making second language training available to its employees. If you express an interest in becoming bilingual or improving your knowledge of the second language for career development purposes, you may be eligible for language training.
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What is the selection process for this competition?
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All candidates will be screened against the essential education qualifications. Grades and other courses may also be used to screen candidates. A written test and/or interview may be administered in addition to reference checks. Offers of employment will be made no later than late December 2010/early January 2011.
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Where will the testing and/or interviews take place? Will the Bureau pay for my transportation and accommodations expenses if I have to travel to the test or interview?
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Testing and interviews may take place at Headquarters or other cities across Canada depending on the distribution of candidates. Where testing or interviews are conducted in several cities across Canada, candidates are typically required to cover any expenses associated with attending one of those locations. If candidates are required to attend a test or interview at Headquarters, the Bureau will typically cover the expenses of travel costs agreed upon previously.
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If I am hired as part of this competition, when would I begin working?
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As soon as you have completed the required program but no later than September 2011.
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Is the Bureau offering articling or coop positions?
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No. Coop placements are covered by Post-secondary Coop Education and Internship Program within the Public Service of Canada. You can visit: http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/stud-etud/jobs-postes-eng.htm to find out more about those opportunities. Articling opportunities are offered through a campaign administered by the Department of Justice. You can obtain further information at: http://canada.justice.gc.ca/eng/.
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What benefits does the Bureau offer to its employees?
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The public service of Canada offers a variety of excellent benefits (see Treasury Board Benefits Info Kit at: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/hr-rh/bp-rasp/benefits-avantages/benefitsinfo-infoavantages/benefitsinfo-infoavantages-eng.asp:
  • A generous dental and health care plan for employees and their family;
  • Sick leave benefits and numerous other types of leave;
  • Life insurance;
  • A pension plan which provides employees with income for a lifetime; and
  • Competitive salary (for the rates of pay for COs, go to: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pubs_pol/hrpubs/coll_agre/rates-taux_e.asp.
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Can I still apply if I am a non-Canadian citizen?
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Yes you can apply, however, on your application, you will be asked to indicate the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada (Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or work permit) and preference will be given to Canadian citizens.
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If I need more information about this competition, whom can I contact at the Bureau?
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You can contact Jackie Whiffen, Project Manager – Recruitment & Retention, by email at jackie.whiffen@cb-bc.gc.ca or by phone at 819-997-5898.