Frequently Asked Questions: Public Service Employment Regulations

The FAQs below are meant to provide Canadians and businesses with basic information about the Public Service Commission's most accessed regulations, which were identified by the number of inquiries received in the last fiscal year.

What is the purpose of this regulation?

The Public Service Commission is responsible for administering the Public Service Employment Regulations which gives effect to the Public Service Employment Act so that Canadians will continue to benefit from a professional and non-partisan public service.

What are the key elements of this regulation?

The Regulations are sub-divided into 6 sections with the information organized for ease of reference:

  1. Incumbent-Based Process
  2. Priorities
  3. Acting Appointments
  4. Executive Group
  5. Disclosure of Information Obtained in the Course of an Investigation
  6. Lay-Offs

How does this regulation affect Canadian businesses?

This regulation does not affect Canadian businesses.

What is the timeline for implementation?

The Public Service Employment Regulations came into force in November 2005. Since then, the Regulations have been amended on 3 occasions to keep up with modernization in hiring and staffing practices.

Where can I get more information?

For additional information on the Public Service Employment Regulations, please visit our web site.

Contact us

Mail to:

Public Service Commission
22 Eddy Street
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0M7

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.