Military Spouse Employment Initiative

The Military Spouse Employment Initiative (MSEI) provides military spouses and common-law partners with tools and resources to develop their skills and pursue their careers within the federal Public Service. The initiative aims to provide employment opportunities through inventories, pools, and other staffing options.

Employment Inventory

The employment inventory consists of employment opportunities in the federal Public Service across Canada and covers a broad range of work streams. The inventory is accessible to hiring managers from all federal government departments and agencies.

The types of jobs in the inventory include:

  • Information Technology Specialists
  • Programmers and Developers
  • General Labour and Trades
  • Health Services – including Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers and others
  • Engineering Technologists
  • Communications/Public Relations
  • Office Administration – including General, Human Resources, Executive Assistants and others
  • Teaching/Education Professionals – including Second Language Teachers, Educational Advisors and others
  • Procurement Services OR Materiel Management
  • General Services - Including Food Services, Stores Services, Cleaning Services and others
  • Social Science Services - including Economics, Statistics and others
  • Human Resource Specialists

Other work streams may become available as required.

Please note:

  • The jobs are located across Canada
  • The salary of the positions are in accordance with the Treasury Board Secretariat
  • Language requirements of the jobs will vary


To be eligible as a spouse or common-law partner for this employment inventory, you must meet the following conditions:

To apply to the inventory, go to DND’s Talent Inventory website.

After You Apply

When a hiring manager identifies a job opportunity, a search is conducted in the inventory by the following criteria:

The MSEI Team will then gather resumes of applicants who match the criteria for the hiring manager to consider.

For more information, contact DND’s Military Spouse Employment Team.

Public Service Hiring Managers: How to Use the Inventory

If you are a DND hiring manager, you must use our internal request form found on the MSEI intranet website (accessible only on the National Defence network).

  1. Submit a referral form to DND’s Military Spouse Employment Team
  2. You will receive applicants that match the identified criteria of your vacant job.
  3. Assess the referred candidates and select a candidate
  4. Provide the MSEI Team your referral feedback and the name of selected candidate for appointment


Military spouse testimonials

“When we get posted again, I’ll have options for transferring my job, finding a new job, or putting my job on hold while on a temporary posting. My employer is across Canada, and there are many opportunities to grow within the DND community.”
Justine Walker

“The biggest impact of the MSEI for me is that I can work outside the home. I’m in a wheelchair and since I started working at DND, the accommodations they’ve made for my disability have been phenomenal and very inclusive. It gives hiring managers an idea of who you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re able or disabled, the MSEI is unbiased.”
Sara Schnabel

CAF member spouses testimonials

“The MSEI was a great opportunity for my spouse and our family.  I was relieved to know that there was job support for my spouse after we relocated and I was very happy when she was hired to work at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.”
Sgt. Palmater

“For much of my career, I have been witness to the military taking great pains to accommodate service couples with respect to posting movements (i.e. trying to ensure that they are posted to the same geographical location). While I think that this is great, as someone who isn’t married to a CAF member, I always felt uneasy because there was nothing in place to accommodate someone with a civilian spouse. The MSEI is exactly this.”
BGen F. William Radiff

Hiring manager testimonials

“Overall, I found the experience very easy and efficient and the support from the staffing team was excellent. I found an exceptionally qualified person for the position I needed to fill in a very short period of time and I was able to get her on the job relatively quickly.”
Captain William (Bill) Quinn, Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Attaché and Assistant Defence Attaché

“My experience using the inventory as a hiring manager was great. The information asked for is the information that’s received. I was happy with the amount of time it took, with the service, and the support I received.”
Ashley Green A/Service Manager, Benefits Delivery Services Branch at Service Canada

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