Public Service Commission of Canada

Public Service Commission of Canada

October 06, 2005 10:00 ET

PSC Broadens Access to Job Opportunities in the Federal Public Service

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 6, 2005) - In conjunction with the tabling of the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Canada's 2004-2005 Annual Report, President Maria Barrados today announced that a national area of selection will be used in recruitment for all officer-level positions in the National Capital Region that are open to the general public.

"This change will take effect on April 1, 2006, and will provide Canadians, regardless of their place of residence, with access to a greater number of federal government jobs in the National Capital Region," said Ms. Barrados. "Broadening access to officer level positions in the NCR is an important first step that will allow us to evaluate and plan for increasing access across other regions as well as to other types of jobs over the next two to three years."

Instituting a national area of selection for all officer-level positions in the National Capital Region (NCR) will significantly increase the use of a national area of selection for jobs open to the public - an increase from 19% to about 32%.

This measure reflects the greater flexibilies provided for in the new Public Service Employment Act (PSEA), scheduled to come into force in December 2005, and the investments made by the PSC to date in technological tools to process the expected increase in the number of applications.

The PSC is an independent agency that reports to Parliament. It is responsible for safeguarding the integrity of the staffing system in the federal Public Service and the political impartiality of public servants. The PSC is also responsible for recruiting talented Canadians from across the country.

The 2004-2005 Annual Report is available on the PSC's Web site at Copies of the Study of Personal Favouritism in Staffing and Recruitment within the Federal Public Service, the Audit of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Audit of the Industrial Security Program, Public Works and Government Services Canada and the Audit of Staffing File Documentation, which were all released simultaneously, are also available.

Note: The PSC is hosting a technical briefing for the media starting at 10:00 this morning. The President will then hold a press conference at 11:00. Both events take place at the National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington Street, Ottawa.

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