Archived - Advertising in the Appointment Process


The PSC's Appointment Policy has been revised and will come into effect on April 1, 2016. Please consult the letter to Deputy Heads for information on changes to the current Appointment Policy and Delegation requirements which remain in effect until March 31st, 2016.

For assistance please contact your Staffing Support Advisor.

Policy Statement

Advertising for appointment process must provide persons in the area of selection with a reasonable opportunity to apply.

Policy Objective

To ensure that:

  • persons in the area of selection have reasonable access and an opportunity to apply for employment opportunities and
  • information is provided to allow persons in the area of selection to make an informed decision.

Policy Requirements

In addition to being accountable for respecting the policy statement, deputy heads must:

  • provide information in a manner that effectively brings the appointment process to the attention of persons in the area of selection;
  • at a minimum, advertise external recruitment employment opportunities on the Internet at, as well as on Infotel or on an alternative telephone service provider;
  • at a minimum, advertise interdepartmental employment opportunities on Publiservice, the extranet site for employees of the Government of Canada, at;
  • at a minimum, advertise employment opportunities for one complete business day (at least 24 hours) based on the area of selection, closing at 23:59 Pacific Time;
  • for advertisements, provide:
    • sufficient information regarding the criteria to be used in the screening of persons in the area of selection; and
    • any other information necessary for persons in the area of selection to apply.
  • provide, upon request, further information including:
    • the essential qualifications, including official language proficiency, that must be met;
    • the asset qualifications, operational requirements and organizational needs that may be used when making an appointment; and
    • the name of the person or organization to whom questions about the appointment process may be directed.

Other Requirements

Deputy heads must respect:

  • the Treasury Board/Public Service Commission Policy on the Duty to Accommodate Persons with Disabilities in the Federal Public Service, which requires, for example, the provision of accessible formats, upon request, for communicating with persons with disabilities;
  • the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada on requirements regarding advertising in federal institutions;
  • the PSC Policy on Official Languages in the Appointment Process with respect to the communication of information concerning appointment processes; and
  • other policies, federal guidelines and standards, such as:
    • the Treasury Board Policy on the Use of Official Languages for Communications with and Services to the Public;
    • the Common Look and Feel Policy for the Internet;
    • the Contracting Policy on advertising activities and contracts;
    • the Management of Government Information Policy, on effective information management in creating, using and preserving information; and
    • the Policy on the Use of Electronic Networks, on the appropriate use of electronic networks by federal institutions.
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