Opportunities - Selection Processes


Members, Copyright Board,

Appointment Opportunities

We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada’s diversity. 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 Innovation, Science and Economic Development is to help Canadian businesses grow, innovate and export so that they can create good quality jobs and wealth for Canadians.

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

Member (part-time positions)

Copyright Board Canada

The Copyright Board of Canada is an economic regulatory body that derives its mandate from the Copyright Act. As a quasi-judicial tribunal, the Board is empowered to establish, either mandatorily or at the request of an interested party, the royalties to be paid for the use of copyrighted works when the administration of such works is entrusted to a collective society. The Copyright Board Canada also has the right to supervise agreements between users and licensing bodies and issues licenses when the copyright owner cannot be located.

The Copyright Board Canada has been central to the most high-profile copyright matters of the past decade, namely: music streaming, peer-to-peer file sharing, internet service provider liability, iPod or other device levies, and the use of literary works. Members chair and participate in decision-making panels regarding copyright tariff applications. In this role, Members analyze and weigh evidence to render decisions jointly with the Vice-Chairperson that provide for fair and equitable royalties to be paid to copyright collective societies for the use of works protected by copyright.

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

Candidates must apply online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 2, 2017, via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Assistant Secretary to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Per Diem: $625 - $730

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 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, such as law, economics, social sciences or public administration, or an acceptable combination of relevant education, job-related training and/or experience;
  • Experience in the field of economic regulation, intellectual property valuation or copyright use;
  • Experience in the interpretation and application of legislation;
  • Experience in providing legal or economic advice would be considered an asset; and
  • Experience with a quasi-judicial tribunal, would be considered an asset.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate and activities of the Copyright Board;
  • Knowledge of the cultural, communication and information technologies industries, their regulatory regimes and their economic environments;
  • Strong knowledge of the Copyright Act and other related legislation in addition to knowledge of administrative law, the principles of natural justice and the rules and practices followed by quasi-judicial tribunals in Canada;
  • Ability to analyze all aspects of a case, interpret and apply the relevant criteria, while using judgment to identify key issues, with a view to making lawful, fair and equitable decisions;
  • Ability to reconcile divergent stakeholders' positions, taking into account associated social and economic implications; and
  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, with the ability to write clear and concise notes, analyses and decisions.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages is required.

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:

  • Sound judgment, tact, and discretion
  • High ethical standards
  • Integrity
  • Superior interpersonal skills
  • Be adaptable, flexible and impartial

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

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

  • Candidates appointed to one of these positions 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 their duties as a Member of the Copyright Board Canada (statutory).
  • Candidates appointed to one of these positions must have the ability to understand, during hearings, evidence in English and French, without the assistance of an interpreter.
  • Candidates appointed to one of these positions must be willing to travel to the National Capital Region to participate in hearings and decision making.

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.