New Civilian Employees Onboarding Cheat Sheet

Welcome to DND!

Congratulations on accepting your new job offer with the Department of National Defence (DND)!

As a new employee, it is important to understand what your role is within our department and to understand how to effectively use your time with us to help you move forward in your career within the public service. Below you will find several resources that you can refer to during your onboarding and employment that will help you during your time with us.

Reminder to Register For DND’s Orientation for  New Civilian Employees

Don’t forget to register for DND’s Orientation for New Civilian Employees. You can find the registration instructions in your welcome email. If you have not yet received an invitation, please contact the National Civilian Welcome and Integration Team (NCWIT) with a copy of your Letter of Offer.

Career Development

Learning and Development

Check out the training and development tools offered by the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) and the Defence Learning Network (DLN).

Mentor/Peer Partner

All new employees are encouraged to have a Mentor* or a Peer Partner to help them integrate into their new role, to feel part of the Defence Team community, and to guide them through their ongoing career development.

Performance Management

Discuss your Public Service Performance Agreement (PSPA) with your manager early to ensure you understand your manager’s expectations of you. The PSPA spells out an employee’s performance expectations and progress throughout the annual cycle.


Take some time to build relationships with peers and colleagues to develop your Network and get to know others within the Defence Team.

Human Resources

Pay and Benefits

Have questions about your Pay and Benefits?


Take some time to review the various HR Programs available to you:

Event Schedule

Be sure to check out the various events that take place across the GC:

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion is a top priority of DND and CAF making the Defence Team strong and successful.

Take the time to attend the different training and learning opportunities offered by CSPS:

*Links only accessible with a valid DND login and work laptop/computer.

To help guide you through your onboarding experience, be sure to refer to the New Civilian Employee Onboarding Checklist. The New Civilian Employee Onboarding Checklist is made up of several checklists that will guide you across the onboarding lifecycle, starting on your first day and then at key milestones throughout the first year. It’s essential that you complete all of the tasks as it will help you grow, integrate and become more familiar with the Defence Team.

Have questions? Reach out to HR Connect RH* at 1-833-RHR-MDND (1-833-747-6363)

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