RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Advanced Policy Analyst Program (APAP) Post-Secondary

  • Location: Various Locations
  • Deadline: October 31, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Advanced Policy Analyst Program (APAP) Post-Secondary
Recruitment: EC-03 – Leading to target level of EC-05 (Merit and
Performance based program)

Selection process number: 2022-FIN-EA-BR-33123

Finance Canada on behalf of multiple departments

Ottawa (Ontario), Gatineau (Québec)
EC-03 – Leading to target level of EC-05 (Merit and Performance based program)
$68,666 to $77,969 (This salary range applies to EC-03 group and level. The target
level of EC-05 has a salary range of $88,618 to $101,999)

Employment tenure: Indeterminate (Permanent)

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Closing Date: 31 October 2022 – 23:59, Pacific Time
Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent
residents abroad.
We strongly recommend that you complete this application using a computer
since there will be an essay question.
Important messages
We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting
with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the
evaluation process, please use the contact information below to request specialized
accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept
Assessment accommodation
Please ensure you read the poster thoroughly as the instructions contain important
information that will be required in the application process. Failure to follow the
instructions could result in your application missing critical information thus providing
insufficient information for the assessment board to complete your assessment and
resulting in your elimination from the process.
Work Environment
The Advanced Policy Analyst Program (APAP) is seeking highly motivated individuals
who have an interest in Canadian public policy and governance, and who possess
sound judgment, analytical skills, leadership potential, and the ability to work in a team.
Successful applicants will be matched with a sponsoring department that will represent
the participant’s home organization for the duration of the program (two (2) years on
rotations and a third year at the sponsoring organization). For a list of the participating
departments, please visit the Advanced Policy Analyst Program website. The Program
offers four challenging six- month assignments in the three central agencies (Privy
Council Office, Finance Canada, and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat) and a
sectoral department (typically the participant’s sponsoring department) in the National
Capital Region.
Participants will have the opportunity to analyze and contribute to a variety of social,
economic, and international policy issues. The combination of hands-on work
experience and training provides participants with a unique introduction to a challenging
and rewarding career, and a chance to serve Canada and Canadians. Upon completion
of these program assignments and with a fully satisfactory performance rating,
participants are eligible for graduation at the EC-05 level and will be placed in their
sponsoring organization.
Departments are transitioning to a hybrid workplace requiring employees to come into
the office a few days/week. This hybrid work arrangement will maintain the flexibility and
productivity gained through remote work, while maintaining a positive work culture and
making the most of the benefits of working together in the office.
Intent of the process
The intent is to staff twelve (12) indeterminate positions and create a pool of qualified
candidates that can be used to make indeterminate (permanent) appointments with
various language requirements at the EC-03 group and level in the National Capital
This pool may also be used by all federal organizations to make appointments outside
the APAP in a similar position with various tenures and language requirements at the
EC-03 group and level across Canada.
Positions to be filled: 12
Information you must provide:
• Your résumé.
• A response to a text question addressing the following:
o You will be required to respond to an essay question of a maximum of 800
words (900 words if the essay is written in French) on the topic of Canadian
labour shortages that will be used to assess your written communication
competency, as well as your analytical thinking and judgement competency.
• A list of the courses you have taken as well as any courses you are taking now,
or that you will be taking this academic year.
To be considered, your application must clearly explain how
you meet the following (essential qualifications)
A) Master degree* from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable
specialization in economics, sociology or statistics **.
*Graduate coursework must be successfully completed prior to June 30, 2023.
Successfully completed means completed with grades officially posted by the academic
** In order to meet the acceptable specialization applicants must meet all three (3)
following requirements:
1) at least one half-year course in Micro-economics AND at least one half-year course
in Macroeconomics (or an equivalent full-year course with both Micro- and Macroeconomics at the graduate or undergraduate level);
2) at least two additional half-year OR one full-year course in economics***;
3) at least one additional half-year course in statistics or quantitative analysis or
research methods at the graduate or undergraduate level .
***Acceptable courses in economics include, but are not limited to: Canadian
Economy/Provincial Economics (e.g. Economy of Quebec), International Trade and
Finance, Health Economics, Managerial Economics, Labour Economics, Economic
Development, Economic History, Political Economy, Econometrics, and Public Sector
Economics. These courses must be at the graduate or undergraduate level.
B) Academic Excellence: Applicants must have maintained an average of at least 75%
or B+ at their last completed degree, either undergraduate or graduate level.
C) Academic scholarship(s) or Award(s) received: Applicants must have received
academic scholarship(s) or award(s), such as admission scholarships, international
scholarships, or other excellence scholarships or awards. Please note, bursaries do not
constitute an academic scholarship or award of excellence.
Note: You will need to provide ALL your university transcripts (indicating university,
course titles, number of credits, grades, year taken); including a list of all courses, you
will be taking this academic year, if applicable. Proof of Canadian equivalency for
degrees obtained outside of Canada will be required prior to any offer of employment.
More information concerning please refer to the Government of Canada’s website:
Degree equivalency
Experience which demonstrates leadership through volunteer work, extra curricular
activities, or employment (including student employment) which involves a continuing
commitment or effort, or significant achievement performed outside the applicant
The following will be applied/assessed at a later date
(essential for the job):
Various language requirements
English or French Essential
Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC
Information on language requirements
– Knowledge of public policy issues facing Canada
– Knowledge of economic implications of public policy issues
– Analytical thinking
– Judgment
– Effective people skills and collaboration
– Effective oral communication
– Written communication
– Managing workload
– Values and ethics
– Respectful of diversity
In support of achieving a diverse workforce, consideration may be given to candidates
self-identifying as belonging to one of the following Employment Equity groups:
Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and women.
Depending on the position to staff, operational requirements could apply such as:
– Willingness and ability to work overtime with short notice
– Willingness and ability to travel in Canada and abroad
Conditions of employment:
Secret security clearance
Other Information
Please note, we will only accept online applications. As part of your application an
essay question will be required, please ensure to give yourself enough time to complete
the essay as you will have to identify challenges, assess advantages/disadvantages
and discuss key consideration to the Canadian labour shortages.
You may save your application as a draft and return to it at a later date. Your application
must be completed and submitted in order to be considered. Partially completed
applications, or those in draft cannot be considered. You can make modifications to
your submitted application until the closing date.
Candidates must meet all the essential criteria in order to be appointed.
Candidates will be subjected to an essay question in the initial application, an interview
and reference checks.
At the time of assessment, proof of Canadian Citizenship and proof of education will be
required. A security check may also be administered during assessment.
PLEASE NOTE: We will be contacting candidates via email including invitations for
evaluations. Candidates are responsible for providing a valid email address that accepts
email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). It is your
responsibility to check your email account regularly to ensure that you do not miss any
opportunities. Make sure to also check your junk mail folder. It is entirely your
responsibility to inform us of any changes to your contact information.
All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence and
telephone conversations, may be used in the assessment of qualifications.
Bilingual Positions
To be considered for a Bilingual Imperative position, you must be willing to undergo
Second Language Evaluation testing OR you must already have Second Language
Evaluation results (proof will be required).
If you have undertaken Second Language Evaluation by the PSC, you can obtain a
copy of the SLE results, by requesting it at the following website:
For more information on SLE, visit the following web-site:
Interview Stage
Only the top 50 to 70 candidates, assessed on a combination of factors, will be
considered for an interview.
Management may use scores obtained at various stages in the process to determine
which candidates advance to the next stage. Selection decisions may be based on
results achieved for one or more qualifications; for example, preference may be given to
the candidate that has scored the highest on a specific qualification.
Should you be considered for an interview, you will be contacted in December 2022. All
communications with candidates will be by e-mail only. Please include a valid e-mail
address in your application and check your mailbox frequently.
Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of January 9, 2023.
The Government of Canada agrees to provide you with relocation assistance, up to a
maximum of $5,000, in accordance with the Initial Appointees Relocation Program
available at the following address:
This Program is annexed to the National Joint Council Relocation Directive. Upon the
signing of an offer and before making arrangements or incurring any expenses relative
to your relocation, you will be connected with a Departmental Relocation Advisor, who
will provide you with information regarding the relocation services supplier.
Relocation assistance is provided on the condition that you remain an employee of the
federal government for a period of two (2) years. Should you terminate employment and
thereby fail to complete a continuous two-year period, you will be required to repay a
portion of the relocation assistance proportional to the period by which your service falls
short. Please note that if you do not contact the person mentioned above within 20
working days following the effective date of this offer, we will presume that you do not
intend to relocate. You will lose the right to receive allowances in accordance with the
National Joint Council Relocation Directive.
To apply to this process you must sign in to your existing Vidcruiter account OR create
a new Vidcruiter account using your contact information (when you register for a
Vidcruiter account, you will receive an email from
Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent
residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be
appointed first.
Information on the preference to veterans
We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will
be contacted.
Contact information
For questions about the Advanced Policy Analyst Program (APAP)