New Public Service Commission second language interviews for levels B and C

We are pleased to announce new second language oral proficiency assessment tools that will be administered by Public Service Commission (PSC) assessors. As a response to the COVID-19 situation, the second language interviews for levels B and C will temporarily replace the second language evaluation Test of Oral Proficiency. The new interviews will permit candidates to be assessed from their homes.

We have gradually started to use the new interviews with organizations that have urgent and critical staffing needs. As of May 11, 2020, they will be available to all departments and agencies to staff positions related to the COVID-19 situation or that ensure the effective functioning of the Government of Canada. They can be used for all types of appointments (indeterminate, term, acting) to bilingual positions.

The PSC will consider expanding the use of these interviews for other staffing purposes when operations for priority uses are well underway.

At this time, the PSC won’t charge extended jurisdiction departments and agencies for administering these interviews, but may re-evaluate this at a later date.

For more information on the interviews and how to schedule them, please visit Second language interviews for levels B and C (COVID-19).

Robert McSheffrey
Services and Business Development Sector
Public Service Commission of Canada

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