Opportunities - Selection Processes


Correctional Investigator, Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada,

Appointment Opportunity

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 responsibility of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness is to lead the government's work in ensuring that we are keeping Canadians safe, and safeguarding Canadians' rights and freedoms in an open, inclusive, and democratic society.

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

Correctional Investigator of Canada (full-time position)

Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada

The Correctional Investigator of Canada is mandated by Part III of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act as an Ombudsman for federal offenders. The primary function of the Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada is to investigate and bring resolution to individual offender complaints. The Office also has a responsibility to review and make recommendations on the Correctional Service of Canada's policies and procedures associated with individual complaints to ensure that systemic areas of concern are identified and appropriately addressed.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada’s website.

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 6, 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.

Salary Range: $142,800 to $168,800(GCQ-5)

Position Location: National Capital Region

Official Languages and Diversity

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for this position. 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 this position, 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;
  • Management experience, preferably at the senior executive level, in a public or private sector organization, including the management of financial and human resources;
  • Decision-making experience with respect to sensitive issues;
  • Experience in carrying out comprehensive impartial investigations and in mediating complaints; and
  • Experience in mediation and dispute resolution.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding the role, responsibilities and policies of the Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada, and its relationship with the Correctional Service of Canada and Public Safety Canada;
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system, the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, and the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness;
  • Broad understanding of investigative practices and processes;
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques related to mediation and dispute resolution;
  • Financial literacy;
  • Ability to render fair, equitable and timely decisions, while anticipating their short- and long-term consequences;
  • Ability to apply analytical, interpretive and evaluative thinking to situations;
  • Ability to develop comprehensive communication strategies, including outreach and networking activities;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective and constructive working relationships with offenders, senior government officials and stakeholders; and
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and ability to manage communications with a variety of stakeholders, including stakeholders within the criminal justice system.

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:

  • Objective, impartial and fair
  • Sound judgment
  • Strong professional ethics and integrity
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Innovative, flexible and resilient
  • Tact and discretion

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 ordinarily resident in Canada, or a permanent resident within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act who is ordinarily resident in Canada (statutory).
  • You must engage exclusively in the function and duties of the Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada, and shall not hold any other office under Her Majesty in right of Canada or a province for reward, or engage in any other employment for reward (statutory).
  • You must reside in or be willing to relocate to the National Capital Region, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.
  • You must be willing to travel across Canada and internationally.

If you are appointed to this position:

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. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. 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 this position. 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.