Information Sessions

The Public Service Commission (PSC) offers information sessions to provide practical insights on issues relating to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA) and the PSC's Appointment Framework.

The PSC's information sessions are led by PSC subject matter experts. They assist human resources professionals and sub-delegated officials in gaining a deeper understanding and practical knowledge of the flexibilities of the PSEA and the PSC Appointment Framework.

Through structured presentations, practical exercises and group discussions, participants will share best practices and familiarize themselves with the issues surrounding each topic.

Future information sessions will be announced in the Letters to Heads of Human Resources.

2011 Sessions

Priority administration: This session provides information on priority administration. Participants will acquire a greater understanding of priority entitlements as well as the roles and responsibilities of each party involved in priority administration.

2010 Sessions

  • Executive (EX) Resourcing: This session provides information on the PSC's EX staffing expectations. Participants will acquire a greater understanding of the shift towards values-based staffing decisions, based on the flexibilities of the public service staffing for EX's.
  • Merit Criteria – Establishment and Application: This session explores the subject of merit, focusing on the legal requirements and respect for values in setting and applying merit criteria. It will deal with the establishment and application of merit criteria as described in section 30 of the new PSEA and present recent interpretations of the Act. In addition, situations and issues drawn from real life will provide fodder for discussion, enabling participants to share their ideas and examine possible approaches.

2008 Sessions

  • Determining the "Right Fit": This SmartShop will give participants the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the flexibilities of the Public Service Employment Act and the PSC Appointment Framework related to selecting the "right" person for appointment. This interactive session uses exercises through group discussions and plenary to clarify the application of the legislation and appointment policies.
  • Priority Administration – Priority Information Management System (PIMS): This SmartShop is divided into two sessions. Part 1 will provide an overview of the priority entitlements and how they are administered by the PSC as well as the roles and responsibilities of both home and hiring organizations. Part 2 will include a live demonstration of PIMS to explain how to register priority persons, request clearance and provide feedback on priority persons who have been referred.
  • E-Staffing Now - The Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS): This SmartShop will provide information on the Public Service Resourcing System (PSRS) screening features. The objective is to provide the participants with a better understanding of how these features can be used to effectively manage recruitment processes. A demonstration of PSRS and an interactive exercise will follow the presentation.
  • Political Activities: This SmartShop will focus on the rights and responsibilities of federal public servants related to political activities, as defined in the PSEA. Important aspects of political activities, including electoral candidacy and the PSC's investigative process, will be discussed.

2007 Sessions

  • Acting Appointments and Official Languages: This SmartShop will give participants the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the impact of official language requirements on acting appointments. It will review the sections of the Public Service Employment Regulations related to acting appointments and official languages. This interactive session will use exercises and examples to clarify the application of the Regulations.
  • Merit Criteria – Establishment and Application: This SmartShop is intended to give participants the opportunity to explore the subject of merit in depth, focussing on the legal requirements and respect for values in setting and applying merit criteria. It will deal with the establishment and application of merit criteria as described in section 30 of the new Public Service Employment Act and also present recent interpretations. In addition, situations and issues drawn from real life will provide fodder for discussion, enabling participants to share their ideas and examine possible flexible approaches.
  • Informal Discussion and Notification: This SmartShop will provide participants with a greater understanding of the challenges and flexibilities around informal discussion and notification in the appointment process. It will review the relevant legislative authorities and cover recent PSC updates and interpretations. This interactive workshop will use small group exercises and plenary discussion to give participants the opportunity to share their best practices and challenges.
  • Collective Staffing: This SmartShop is aimed at experienced Human Resources professionals who will be required to manage collective staffing processes or provide related advice and guidance. This interactive session will allow participants to gain a better understanding of the challenges and complexities of planning and managing a collective staffing process through group exercises and plenary discussions. Due to the interactive nature of this session, a minimum of 12 participants is recommended for this SmartShop to be beneficial.
  • Area of Selection and Mobility: This SmartShop will provide participants with a better understanding of the mobility provisions of the new Public Service Employment Act. It will review relevant sections of the Act, cover the latest related PSC updates and interpretations, and explore the flexibilities that exist within the PSEA when setting the area of selection. Practical exercises will allow participants to validate their learning. As well, they will have the opportunity to interact in an open discussion to share best practices and challenges.
  • Political Candidacy: This SmartShop will give members of the Human Resources community an opportunity to enhance their understanding of political candidacy for public service employees. It will review the sections of Part 7 of the Public Service Employment Act related to political candidacy of employees in federal, provincial, territorial and municipal elections. It will also outline the factors considered by the Public Service Commission during the review of political candidacy requests and provide an overview of requests received and considered.

Other Sessions

  • Employment Offers at Recruitment Events (Fall 2008): This presentation aims at assisting organizations in making appropriate decisions in the context of recruitment events.
  • Fall workshops on HR modernization (Fall 2007): The Public Service Commission and the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO) completed their Fall workshops on HR modernization to broaden the understanding of the Public Service Modernization Act.