Foreign Service

Foreign Service (FS)

Foreign Service (FS) Group Definition

Pursuant to paragraph 11.1(1)(b) of the Financial Administration Act, the Treasury Board of Canada hereby provides notice that the Foreign Services Group definition effective , as published in Part 1 of the Canada Gazette on is amended and replace by the following definition effective .

The Foreign Service Group comprises positions that are primarily involved in the planning, development, delivery and promotion of Canada’s diplomatic, commercial, human rights, cultural, promotional, consular and international development policies and interests in other countries and in international organizations through the career rotational foreign service.

Inclusions

Notwithstanding the generality of the foregoing, for greater certainty, it includes positions that have, as their primary purpose, responsibility for one or more of the following activities:

  1. commercial and economic relations and trade policy – the planning, development, delivery or management of policies, programs, services or other activities directed at Canada’s economic or trade relations with foreign countries, including the development, promotion or strengthening of Canada’s economic or trade interests in bilateral or multilateral forums;
  2. political and economic relations – the planning, development, delivery or management of policies, programs, services or other activities directed at Canada’s political relationships with foreign countries;
  3. immigration affairs – the delivery or management of immigration policies, programs, services or other activities in support of the Canadian immigration program abroad;
  4. legal affairs – the provision of legal advice to the federal government on Canada’s international rights and obligations; the interpretation and application of international legal obligations; the negotiation of various bilateral and multilateral agreements, treaties and conventions; and the defence of Canada’s position respecting those obligations and agreements including dispute settlement;
  5. communications and culture – the planning, development, delivery or management of communications and cultural policies, programs and services abroad to promote Canada’s foreign service role to Canadians and to promote Canada in the world;
  6. consular affairs and emergency management – the planning, development, delivery or management of consular affairs or emergency services and programs abroad in support of Canadian and missions; and
  7. the provision of related advice.

Exclusions

Positions excluded from the Foreign Service Group are those whose primary purpose is included in the definition of any other group or those in which one or more of the following activities is/are of primary importance:

  1. the provision of administrative or information services as described in the Program and Administrative Services Group; and
  2. the representation in other countries of Canadian interests in a specialized field when the incumbent is not a career rotational foreign service officer.
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