Information for Priority Entitlements


The Public Service Commission (PSC) is responsible for administering and overseeing the provisions of the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA)  and Public Service Employment Regulations (PSER) regarding priority entitlements and monitoring of staffing practices in relation to the legislative framework for priorities. Exceptional clauses provide an entitlement, for limited periods, for certain classes of persons who meet specific conditions to be appointed in priority of others to vacant positions in the federal public service. The requirements related to the administration of priority entitlements are outlined in the Appointment Policy. The Priority Administration Directive outlines the roles and responsibilities of the PSC, organizations, and priority persons.

The PSC currently manages ten types of priority entitlements that help people cope with changes in life and employment; these include becoming disabled, work force adjustment, returning from extended leave, relocating with a spouse or common-law partner or being medically released from the Canadian Forces or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Detailed information is provided in the Guide on Priority Administration.

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