Questions and answers for Canadians: Public service recruitment and staffing in the context of COVID-19

Information on testing for public service jobs (rescheduling, test accommodation measures, second language evaluations) and on the status of staffing and recruitment operations during the pandemic.

The Public Service Commission of Canada recognizes that certain decisions, such as postponing tests and interviews, have an impact on candidates, human resources specialists and managers. We’ve implemented temporary measures to address this situation and will resume regular operations as soon as possible.

More questions may be added as the situation evolves.

  • I am a candidate in a recruitment process using Public Service Commission assessment tools. Do I have to go to an in-person test or interview, or will it be done by video or teleconference?

    Please contact the human resources advisor responsible for your recruitment process to find out how the assessments will be conducted.

  • I am a candidate scheduled for an in-person test at a Public Service Commission test centre that has reopened. What safety measures have been put in place?

    Our priority is the health and safety of our employees and clients. We’ve adapted our testing facility and processes to ensure physical distancing, and put in place recommended health and safety measures. These measures include:

    • reduced testing capacity per session
    • signage to facilitate physical distancing
    • providing hand sanitizer
    • installing plexiglass
    • enhanced cleaning protocols
    • a COVID-19 screening process for clients and employees

    Learn more about safety measures for in-person assessments during the pandemic.

  • Is the Government of Canada still hiring students?

    Yes. Recruitment programs are still ongoing for students, and managers are still hiring. Students can apply year-round to the following programs:

  • I am a candidate in a Post-Secondary Recruitment process. What is the status of the process?

    To inquire about your candidacy for the Post-Secondary Recruitment program, contact us by email at:

  • I have a question that is not addressed here. Who can I contact?

    You can contact us by filling out the questions and comments form.

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