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Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Various locations across the Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba)
$22.83 to $28.88 per hourFor further information on the organization, please visit Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Closing date: N/A

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada.

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 special accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Information on accommodation for persons with disabilities

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.


Stream A – Plant Programs:
Successful candidates will work with plant health staff to verify compliance with federal acts and regulations. Duties may include: inspecting pedigreed seed crops for varietal purity; soil sampling; sampling fertilizers; conducting plant pest surveys; Asian Gypsy Moth vessel inspections; and interacting with the public and producers. These duties involve extensive walking, possibly up to 16 kilometres a day, in variable weather conditions and can include climbing up to 8 metres

Stream B – Meat Hygiene/Food Safety Programs:
Successful candidates will work with veterinary and/or inspection staff to verify the safety of meat, poultry and/or other food products manufactured and/or imported for sale in Canada. Duties may include: inspecting animal carcasses, viscera and organs; ante-mortem inspection; inspecting food processing and/or import facilities and products to verify compliance with federal acts and regulations.

Work environment

We offer a bilingual, science-based environment, with excellent benefits, flexible hours, opportunities for advancement, and emphasis on learning and development, and a high level of employee satisfaction. Join a workforce that’s as diverse as the people it serves. You can find some more great reasons to join us on our website:

Intent of the process

These positions are intended to respond to short-term, seasonal, or critical inspection issues where the focus is on delivery of a single or limited number of program aspects requiring basic knowledge or training.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

Contact information for 2 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

For individuals who are currently employees of CFIA, or who have inspection experience with CFIA or its precursor departments:
• Completion of post-secondary education OR an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

For individuals who are not current or former employees of CFIA:
• University graduation with specialization in a field related to the functions of the position, such as agriculture, forestry, biology, horticulture, veterinary, food sciences, or food technology.

Applicants submitting education credentials from a non-Canadian institution are responsible for obtaining certification that these credentials are the equivalent of the Canadian education level required for the position. This certification may be obtained from a recognized Canadian educational institution or through a credential evaluation service. The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials ( assists individuals who wish to obtain such a certification. Failure to submit the required certification as requested may result in the application being eliminated from further consideration.

Degree equivalency

EE1: Experience in using Microsoft Office Suite Products, such as: MS Word, MS Excel and MS Outlook, etc.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

EC1: Judgement
EC2: Written Communication
EC3: Ability to Work Independently
EC4: Initiative
EC5: Teamwork
EC6: Oral Communication
EC7: Effective Interpersonal Relations
EC8: Dependability

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

AE1: Experience performing quality control or quality assurance.
AE2: Experience ensuring regulatory compliance.
AE3: Experience using interviewing techniques to gather data.
AE4: Experience investigating consumer complaints.
AE5: Experience providing service to clients.
AE6: Experience in an agricultural environment.
AE7: Experience applying Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles, audit procedures and/or investigative techniques.
AE8: Experience in food manufacturing, importing and/or processing industries.
AE9: Experience conducting surveys for plant pests and diseases.
AE10: Experience in crop protection and/or crop production.
AE11: Experience in working in a greenhouse and/or nursery.

AK1: Knowledge of plant identification
AK2: Knowledge of quarantine and regulated pests/diseases

AC1: Analytical Thinking

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance – Applicants who have not lived in Canada for the past five (or ten, depending on security level) years may be required to submit a police certificate from each country in which they have lived for six months or more during this period, as well as other documentation required for the security screening process. Failure to submit this documentation if requested will eliminate the application from further consideration.

The following conditions of employment are required for an appointment from the pool:
• Adherence to the CFIA Code of Conduct.
• Adherence to the CFIA Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Policy.
• Compliance with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector.
• Legal status to accept employment for the entire period of employment.

Any of the following conditions of employment may be required for an appointment from the pool:
• Successful Medical Clearance;
• Valid Driver’s License;
• Mandatory use of all prescribed safety materials, equipment, devices and clothing
• Willingness and availability to work various shifts, including evenings, weekends and statutory holidays
• Willingness to work overtime as required
• Willingness to travel extensively may be required for some positions
• Ability to work in environmentally challenging/physically demanding conditions

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the targeted groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

1. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the targeted groups when you apply.

2. Please ensure that you read ALL points listed below, as this section contains important information about the application process. Failure to read these notes and follow these instructions could result in your application missing required information which may result in your application being eliminated from this selection process.

a) Candidates are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice.

b) All applications must be submitted online through GC Jobs ( DO NOT email, fax or mail in applications as these will NOT be accepted.

c) For this selection process, the CFIA will communicate with candidates by email. You must provide a valid email address to which you wish to receive communication regarding this selection process. This includes: invitations to assessment, information requests, delivery of assessment results, etc. Applicants must include in their application a valid email address that is functional at all times and accepts messages from unknown users. Some email systems block these types of email. Applicants must ensure to check/view their email accounts including spam, promotion or other folders regularly as there may be a deadline for responses. Candidates who respond past the deadline risk being removed from the selection process.

d) Applicants who are screened in to this selection process will be sent further information by email regarding what to expect during subsequent phases of this selection process.

e) Contact information for two (2) references – at least one (1) must be a current supervisor. Include name, telephone number and valid email.

f) Depending on the number of applicants, CFIA’s needs and CFIA HR plans, volume management strategies such as, but not limited to, top-down approach, cut-off scores, random selection and/or assessment may be used for the purpose of managing applications/candidates. Preference may be given to CFIA candidates at any stage of the selection process. Should a volume management strategy be used, communication regarding the application of the strategy will be provided to those candidates who are impacted.

g) During the application or assessment process both cheating and plagiarism are considered forms of misconduct and are not permitted. Any person found cheating, including those who help others to cheat, may be subject to removal from the selection process. For additional information on this subject, please visit: http://merlin/about-the-cfia/hr/employees/applying-for-jobs/eng/1490966446823/1490966446824#a4g

h) For more information on how to apply to a CFIA selection process, please visit:

i) Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent; we will contact candidates when the screening process is completed.

j) You will be asked to provide proof of your education credentials later in the process.

k) Various assessment tools may be used in this selection process such as: standardized tests, reference checks, written tests, an interview, etc.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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