Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is a federal government department that supports the well-being of Veterans and their families, and promotes the recognition and remembrance of the achievements and sacrifices of those who served Canada in times of war, military conflict, and peace.
Included in the department’s role is the delivery of programs such as disability benefits, financial benefits, rehabilitation, pension advocacy, education, and training supports to current and former members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the RCMP, and their family members.
The head office of VAC is located in Charlottetown. The VAC PEI District Office is also located in Charlottetown, and there are area and district offices across the country.
VAC has been hiring. Positions open to the public are advertised on the Government of Canada jobs site at www.canada.ca/GCjobs. Some of these are open inventories which are posted to have a pool of potential applicants available to fill future vacancies, and the postings have no closing date or are open for very long periods of time (eg. 2021).
“As positions become available, applicants who meet the initial screening qualifications may be contacted for further assessment,” says Donna Burke, Acting Director, Human Resources, VAC. “Advertisements for specific positions or immediate job openings are also posted on this site. These will have a closing date and may be posted for a short period only.
“Depending on the position, the language requirements of VAC jobs are either English Essential, French Essential, or bilingual imperative. There are various language proficiency levels.”
To get an idea of your level of language proficiency, sample tests are available online. Google Public Service Commission Second Language Evaluation test.
Positions available to the public are open to persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.
There can be an exception to who can apply for these jobs. VAC may identify a certain group to achieve a representative and diverse workforce, such as employment equity or Veterans, and this will be indicated on the job posting.
Indeterminant jobs are permanent. A term employee has an end date.
Casual workers fill a short-term immediate need and can be hired directly by a department for up to 90 working days in a calendar year, per department. Advertisements on www.canada.ca/GCjobs may list casual opportunities, or you can provide your resumé for consideration for casual work.
“Being hired as a casual worker will give you federal government work experience,” says Donna.
“However, as you are not an employee of the department or the public service, you can’t apply for internal job postings, only for jobs open to the public.”
If there is a need for contract work, there is a separate procurement process through Public Works and Government Services Canada. More information can be found at www.buyandsell.gc.ca.
Step one in your job search: set up an account.
- Go to www.canada.ca/GCjobs
- Click How to apply and then Create an account
- Read the privacy notice statement and accept by clicking Continue
- Complete the required fields. Use the same first and last name as on your government issued identification. Attach your resumé, and it will be retained on file so that you can upload it to each application.
- You will receive a confirmation email with your unique identifier number. You must log in within two days or the account will expire.
- Once you have validated your account by logging in, you will be directed to the Jobs Menu screen.