Opportunities - Selection Processes


Vice-Chairperson, Canada Industrial Relations Board,

Appointment Opportunities

We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada's diversity. Moving forward, the Government of Canada will use an appointment process that is transparent and merit-based, strives for gender parity, and ensures that Indigenous Canadians and minority groups are properly represented in positions of leadership. We will continue to search for Canadians who reflect the values that we all embrace: inclusion, honesty, fiscal prudence, and generosity of spirit. Together, we will build a government as diverse as Canada.

The overarching goal of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour is to help Canadians get the skills they need for good quality jobs.

The Government of Canada is currently seeking applications from diverse and talented Canadians from across the country who are interested in the following positions:

Vice-Chairperson (part-time positions)

Canada Industrial Relations Board

The Canada Industrial Relations Board is an independent, representational quasi-judicial tribunal that is responsible for the interpretation and administration of the provisions of Part I and II of the Canada Labour Code and Part II of the Status of the Artist Act that require hearing and determination. The Canada Labour Code applies to the federally regulated private sector, and governs the acquisition and termination of collective bargaining rights by unions, the orderly management of the collective bargaining process, and adjudication of unfair labour practice complaints. The Status of the Artist Act applies to independent artists and producers under federal jurisdiction.

The Vice-Chairpersons of the Canada Industrial Relations Board are responsible for conducting and directing adjudicative and mediation processes that authoritatively and conclusively resolve industrial relation disputes and contribute to and promote effective industrial relations in works, undertakings and businesses that fall within the authority of the Parliament of Canada by interpreting and applying the Canada Labour Code and other relevant legal and industrial relations standards.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Canada Industrial Relations Board's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 19, 2017, via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Senior Personnel), Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Per diem: $875 - $1,025 (GCQ-6)

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for these positions. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to candidates who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous Canadians, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.

To be considered for one of these positions, please provide examples from your career that clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements in your application:

Education and Experience

  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study, or an acceptable combination of equivalent education, training and/or job-related experience;
  • A degree in law would be considered an asset;
  • Leadership experience within the private or public sector;
  • Experience and expertise in the field of industrial relations (statutory);
  • Experience in the interpretation and application of labour and employment legislation;
  • Experience in mediating disputes between labour and management; and
  • Experience in rendering decisions or in presenting cases before an adjudicative tribunal would be considered an asset.

If you are selected for an interview, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Canada Labour Code and applicable regulations as well as related legislation at the federal and provincial levels;
  • Broad and in-depth understanding of labour-management relations;
  • Knowledge of the practices and principles underlying collective bargaining, mediation and alternative dispute resolution;
  • Knowledge of the industrial sectors subject to the Canada Labour Code, and the environment within which employers and trade unions operate;
  • Knowledge of the procedures and practices involved in conducting an administrative hearing and the legal principles involved, particularly as they relate to evidence, legal interpretation and natural justice;
  • Ability to interpret the provisions of relevant statutes, regulations and other documents in an adjudicative context, and to assess the relevance of precedents in order to render decisions that are fair and equitable;
  • Ability to analyze extensive amounts of varied and complex information, differing opinions and complex situations;
  • Ability to effectively conduct administrative hearings and to render timely decisions, while anticipating their short- and long-term consequences;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, including the ability to write clear and well-reasoned decisions; and
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships and build consensus.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to verify how you have demonstrated the Experience requirements and the following Personal Attributes in your current and recently held positions:

  • High ethical standards
  • Sound judgment and integrity
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Tact and discretion
  • Impartiality

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

In your application, it will be important that you confirm you meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (statutory).
  • You must not hold any other employment or office in respect of which you receive any remuneration and that is inconsistent with your duties under the Canada Labour Code (statutory).
  • You must be willing to travel regularly to attend hearings and various other meetings in all parts of Canada.

If you are appointed to one of these positions:

You must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout your appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website, under Forms and reference material.

You will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's website.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for these positions. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

A roster of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.