Post-Secondary Recruitment

The Post-Secondary Recruitment Program is being reviewed to better meet the needs of graduates and federal public service hiring managers. As a result, there will be no recruitment campaign in the fall of 2023.

In the meantime, visit GC Jobs regularly for a wide variety of other job opportunities in the federal public service. Sign up to receive email alerts that match your employment interests.

Calling all college and university grads! The Post-Secondary Recruitment Program is an entry point to jobs in the federal public service, which have an impact on Canadians across the country.


You’re eligible to apply if you have a college diploma or university degree.

If you graduated outside Canada

You can apply if you graduated outside Canada; please ensure that you obtain your Canadian Education Equivalency.

If you’re not a Canadian citizen

If you live in Canada, but don’t have Canadian citizenship, you are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to Canadian veterans, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who meet the job opportunity requirements.

What to expect when you apply

After you’ve applied, be sure to check your GC Jobs account for updates on your application status.

All communications concerning next steps will be by email. Given the large volume of applicants, the process could take some time. Thank you in advance for your patience.

Application status – Explanation of terms

Results Available: The date by which you will be able to view the initial status of your application.

Included in Inventory: This confirms that your application was received and registered in the system. However, it does not mean that you successfully passed the required tests.

Referred: This confirms that your application has been forwarded to a hiring department or agency. If you are selected for further assessment, they will contact you to explain the next steps in the assessment process.

Cancelled: A hiring department or agency may choose to cancel a job opportunity for various reasons.

Assessment accommodation

At every step of the process, from the application to the end of the assessment, you can request accommodation measures or adjustments, depending on the type of assessment. These measures can include: accessible environments, different formats, larger fonts, adaptive technology, extra time, individual testing and more. Accommodation measures are designed to remove barriers to ensure a fair assessment by allowing candidates to fully demonstrate their competencies.

To learn more about accommodation measures, please visit the Assessment accommodations website.

What you need to know about post-secondary recruitment testing

After applying, you may receive an invitation to write an online test or another type of assessment. These invitations will be emailed to you and will include a response deadline.

Wondering how you can provide detailed and concrete examples on how you meet experience qualifications? You don’t have to use it, but the STAR method could help!

Creating an environment where diverse perspectives are valued begins with self-declaration. Count yourself in and self-declare by identifying to which employment equity group(s) you belong to. Some hiring organizations, based on their needs, may limit the selection of candidates to members of these designated groups.

Eliminate the stress and try out the self-assessment tests for written expression and reading comprehension in your second language before you take the official tests.

  • STAR


    Describe the situation



    Give details on what you had to do



    Give details on actions you have taken



    Describe the result of the situation

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