Appointment Framework

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The PSC’s Appointment Policy and Appointment Delegation and Authority Instrument (ADAI) were revised and came into effect on April 1, 2016. All previous policies and the associated documents have been archived and are no longer in effect.

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Under the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA), the Public Service Commission (PSC) has the authority to make appointments to and within the public service, and has delegated many of its appointment authorities to deputy heads.

The PSC's Appointment Framework guides deputy heads in building their own staffing systems adapted to their needs and in ensuring that they respect legislative and policy requirements.

The Appointment Policy and ADAI should be read in the context of the PSEA, the Public Service Employment Regulations, and any applicable exclusion approval orders and regulations. These instruments exclude some appointments from the application of all or part of the PSEA and from the application of some or all of the Appointment Framework.

Effective April 1st, 2016:

For reference only: these instruments were archived on April 1, 2016