Opportunities - Selection Processes


Permanent Members, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission,

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 Natural Resources is to ensure that our resource sector remains a source of jobs, prosperity, and opportunity within the context of a world that increasingly values sustainable practices and low carbon processes.

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

Permanent Members (part-time positions)

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission regulates the use of nuclear energy and materials to protect health, safety, security and the environment; to implement Canada’s international commitments on the peaceful use of nuclear energy; and to disseminate objective scientific, technical and regulatory information to the public.

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) makes independent, fair and transparent decisions on licensing nuclear related activities. Permanent Members participate in hearings and meetings of a quasi-judicial administrative tribunal. Members analyze and evaluate cases ,such as the licensing of major nuclear facilities ,(nuclear generating stations, uranium mines, nuclear waste facilities) being presented before the quasi-judicial body for purposes of rendering decisions in keeping with the discharge of his/her responsibility under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act. Members are also responsible for making regulations.

Cross-cultural sensitivity and excellent listening skills are critical when dealing with complex, science-based, and often emotionally charged matters. Members have a crucial role of preventing unreasonable risks to the environment, the safety and health of persons and national security, and achieving conformity with international obligations to which Canada has agreed. Members must have a clear understanding of the mandate and powers of the Commission and convey this understanding to the organization, stakeholders and the Canadian public. Members must act fairly and transparently, and render decisions that are based on the evidence presented.

Members must demonstrate the ability to respond to a wide range of stakeholders in a professional, concerned and balanced manner at all times. Strong conceptual skills are required to identify trends, interpret complex and sometimes conflicting information and to appreciate the significance of the data obtained and to make the appropriate legal and regulatory decisions based on science, facts and evidence.

The Commission operates with appropriate independence from political direction while ensuring sound management and government practices within the legislation and guidelines of the Government of Canada.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission's website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 30, 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 on-line application.

Per diem: $715 - $840

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 education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • An advanced degree in engineering, geology, environment, physics, or medicine (e.g. epidemiology, or oncology) would be considered an asset;
  • Significant experience dealing with and/or working in scientific, health, environmental science, energy or engineering organizations, or academic institutions;
  • Experience with the development and/or application of legislative and regulatory frameworks or policies;
  • Experience in dealing with and/or working in regulatory agencies or quasi-judicial administrative tribunals;
  • Experience building relationships, promoting partnerships and working with Indigenous groups, Indigenous communities, or other stakeholder groups in Canada would be considered an asset; and
  • Experience in environmental protection and safety matters as it relates to the energy sector 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 mandate and activities of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, as well as its legislative framework, including the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, and the regulatory and business environments within which the Commission operates;
  • Significant knowledge of scientific or engineering areas of expertise, basic knowledge of nuclear fundamentals and practical knowledge of business, law or finance;
  • Ability to analyze significant amounts of often complex, technical information and render decisions;
  • Ability to listen, interpret, evaluate, and assess a wide variety of issues with a view to regulating the use of nuclear energy in Canada in keeping with the safety mandate of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission; and
  • Superior communications skills, both written and oral, with the ability to write clear and concise reports, analyses and decisions in a clear, concise and comprehensive manner.

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:

  • Tolerance to stressful situations
  • High ethical standards, integrity and impartiality
  • Sound judgment
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills
  • Tact and diplomacy

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • You shall not, directly or indirectly, engage in any activity, have any interest in a business or accept or engage in any office or employment that is inconsistent with the member’s duties (statutory).
  • You must be available for 2-3 day periods, up to 10 times per year. Including 40-60 days per year in preparation time for Commission proceedings, the conduct of proceedings, travel and post-hearing deliberations. Most preparation is conducted from your place of residence.
  • You are willing and able to travel to participate in Commission proceedings.

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.