Interchange Canada

Interchange Canada facilitates temporary assignments of individuals in and out of the core public administration to:

  • Ensure transfer of knowledge and expertise
  • Build a better understanding and improve networks between the core public administration and other sectors
  • Contribute to the professional development of participants
  • Meet organizational needs, such as attracting experts, and facilitating pre-retirement transitions

Eligibility details

Assignments are open to employees of the core public administration at all groups and levels and to employees of other sectors, both in Canada and internationally.

Participants must meet the requirements of the assignment and host organization, including those related to experience, official languages and professional designations.

What you need to know before you start


Assignments can be full or part time, and can last up to three consecutive years.

Terms and conditions

Interchange participants remain employees of their home organization and continue to receive their full salary and benefits from their home organization.

The host organization typically reimburses the home organization for these costs. Different reimbursement agreements may be negotiated. Other job-related costs, such as training or travel, are the responsibility of the host organization.

All assignment details, such as duration and duties to be performed, are negotiated between participating organizations and the participant and are included in the assignment agreement. 

Interchange participants must comply with all relevant organizational codes of conduct, the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector and the Directive on Conflict of Interest.

Initiating an assignment:

Assignments are typically initiated in one of two ways:

  1. Managers and prospective participants use their professional contacts to identify new assignment opportunities.
  2. Organizations complete an Assignment opportunity form to post an opportunity in the Assignment opportunities section of the Interchange Canada database.

Setting up the assignment:

Once there is agreement to proceed with an Interchange assignment:

  1. Contact the departmental human resources services of the core public administration organization for a template assignment agreement covering all aspects of the assignment (duration, start date, duties, roles and responsibilities, location, etc.).
  2. All parties (i.e. the home and host managers and the prospective participant) are required to sign the assignment letter of agreement. The participant may also receive an accompanying letter of agreement.

Post opportunity
(for managers)

Contact Us

For general inquiries, please contact the Treasury Board Secretariat's Public Enquiries section at:

E-mail: Public Enquiries
Toll free: 1-877-636-0656
Teletypewriter (TTY): (613) 369-9371

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Strategic Communications and Ministerial Affairs
90 Elgin Street, 8th Floor
Ottawa, Canada K1A 0R5

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