Student employment programs: roles and responsibilities

Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) and the Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) share responsibility for student employment programs in the Government of Canada.

Public Service Commission responsibilities

The PSC is responsible for administering the Treasury Board (TB) student employment programs, enabling departments and agencies to hire students through the following programs:

Federal Student Work Experience Program

Recruit secondary school, CEGEP, college, technical institute and university students for temporary jobs.

Post-Secondary Co-op/Internship Program

Recruit post-secondary students enrolled in a PSC-approved program.

Research Affiliate Program

Recruit post-secondary students, who require experience in research related to their degree program, on a part-time basis throughout the year.

Other Public Service Commission responsibilities

The PSC administers the appointment of students through the following:

Student Employment Program Participants Exclusion Approval Order (SEPPEAO)

Provides an accountability framework by which the PSC retains its authority to appoint students. This appointment authority is delegated to deputy heads through the Appointment Delegation and Accountability Instrument.

Student Employment Program Participants Regulations

Prescribes the basis of appointment of students under the Federal Student Work Experience Program, the Research Affiliate Program and the Post-Secondary Co-op/Internship program or any other student employment program established by the TB.

Public Service Commission Appointment Framework

Outlines the policy requirements for all appointments to and within the public service, including the appointment of students who cannot be appointed according to the SEPPEAO.

Treasury Board and Treasury Board Secretariat responsibilities

Treasury Board (TB) is responsible for establishing student employment programs and related policies. Treasury Board Secretariat is responsible for implementing programs and policies, as follows:

Treasury Board Student Employment Policy

Sets out the eligibility requirements for students to participate in a student employment program, as well as the organizational responsibilities related to hiring a student.

Student Employment Programs in the Federal Government

Describes all student employment programs designated by the TB as well as other programs offering non-paid assignments in federal government workplaces.

Terms and Conditions of Employment for Students

Sets out the working conditions, benefits and pay rates for all students employed under one of the programs.

Student rates of pay

Provides information on the current minimum and suggested rates of pay for students, as established by the TB.