Self-declaring for Government of Canada jobs

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How and why to self-declare as a member of an employment equity group when applying to federal public service jobs.

Why self-declare:

Some federal public service jobs are open only to people who self-declare as members of one of the 4 employment equity groups. To apply to those jobs, if you belong to at least one of these groups, you’ll need to self-declare when you apply.

How self-declaration is used

  1. To identify who belongs to an employment equity group in a hiring process. Some job opportunities are open specifically to members of those groups.
  2. To compile information on designated employment equity group members appointed to the public service, for reporting to Parliament.
  3. For statistical purposes (reports, analyses and special studies).

Who can self-declare

You can self-declare if you are a member of one or more of these 4 designated employment equity groups: women, Indigenous (Aboriginal) peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities, as identified by the Employment Equity Act.

When to self-declare

Every time you apply to any Government of Canada job, you’ll have the option to self-declare that you belong to an employment equity group. If you don’t self-declare at the application stage, you can still self-declare at any point during the appointment process.

How to self-declare

If you belong to an employment equity group, there are a few ways to self-declare: 

Self-declaration is voluntary

Self-declaration is voluntary, but it’s to your advantage to self-declare if you belong to any employment equity groups. For some jobs, managers can only select you if you have self-declared.

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