Frequently Asked Questions

Our Mandate

Where can I learn more about Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)?

For information about the department, have a look at our Mandate, Roles and Responsibilities page.

Recruitment Process

How do I apply?

Visit the Careers in the federal public service  section of the Public Service Commission of Canada website to find job opportunities, including those related to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, open to the general public. Check these pages regularly so you don't miss out on any opportunities.

Apply for positions using the “Apply Online” button, found at the bottom of each job listing.

You will then be asked to create your personal profile. This will save you time later as you won't have to repeat the same steps every time you apply for a position.

Once you complete your personal profile, you can submit your application.

If you are a student or recent graduate, you may also wish to consult Job opportunities for students  or Job opportunities for graduates .

If an organization is not governed by the Public Service Employment Act , you can search job postings directly on their website. (The Public Service Commission site will also tell you about such opportunities and then redirect you to the website of these other organizations to find out more.)

Official Languages

What are the language requirements of public service positions?

Positions have a range of language requirements:

  • bilingual positions (duties must be performed in both English and French)
  • positions designated English-essential
  • positions designated French-essential
  • positions in which duties may be performed in either English or French

For information on language testing and requirements, visit the Public Service Commission of Canada's Bilingual Positions in the Federal Public Service  page.

How do you determine whether I meet a position's language requirements?

A second language evaluation may be part of your selection process. For more information on the way language tests are conducted, consult the Public Service Commission of Canada's Bilingual Positions in the Federal Public Service  page.

Employment Equity

How does the government decide to focus on recruiting from specific employment equity groups?

The Employment Equity Act states that federally regulated employers (including those in the federal public service) must promote employment equity in the workplace.

The Employment Equity Act designates four employment equity groups:

  • Aboriginal Peoples
  • visible minorities
  • persons with disabilities
  • women

By focusing recruitment efforts on one or more designated groups, government departments can ensure these groups are represented in their workforce and create a workplace that reflects the diversity of Canadian society.

Why is eligibility for certain positions limited to one or more employment equity groups, or Aboriginal Peoples in particular?

The Government of Canada is legally required to ensure its workforce represents the communities it serves. Hiring organizations may decide to limit eligibility for certain positions to one or more employment equity groups when they need to increase diversity in their offices.

I do not belong to an employment equity designated group. Does this affect my chances of being hired?

Not usually. However, eligibility for certain positions may be limited to applicants from employment equity designated groups.

For more information on employment equity designated groups, please visit the Employment Equity Designated Group Definitions  page on the Careers in the public service section of the Public Service Commission website.

Pay and Benefits

What is the salary?

Salaries vary according to a position's group and level. Certain positions offer additional allowances (e.g., for extra duties or work in isolated areas). For more information on rates of pay and allowances, see the salary, leave and benefits for AANDC employees.

What is the federal government benefits package?

The federal government offers a wide range of employee benefits, including:

  • a pension plan
  • life insurance
  • disability insurance, which provides a monthly income benefit to employees who cannot work for a lengthy period due to a disabling illness or injury
  • a dental care plan for employees, pensioners and their families
  • a health care plan for employees, pensioners and their families
  • sick leave benefits
  • vacation leave

Please note that some benefits vary depending on the collective agreements of employees' occupational groups.

Find more information on pensions and benefits at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat  website.