The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce representative of the Canadian population, as well as upholding diversity and inclusion across all position types. Better Employment Equity representation is an organizational need for the Intelligence Officer cadre; therefore, employment equity representation will be prioritized in this recruitment cycle. Eligibility is only open to candidates identified in Employment Equity groups, specifically Visible Minorities and Indigenous Persons who meet the requirements of the position. As such, we strongly encourage applicants to self-identify.
This position requires a language requirement of Bilingual Non-Imperative (BBB/BBB). This means that successful candidates who do not meet the language requirement of BBB/BBB may be eligible for language training. Candidates will need to complete language training and meet the language requirements of the job (BBB/BBB) prior to attending the Ottawa-based Intelligence Officer Entry Training.
Candidates will be assessed by the Public Service Commission to determine their proficiency in French or English (their second official language). Further information regarding language requirements and assessment tools can be found on the Government of Canada’s Public Service Commission’s Website:
Language requirements for candidates - Canada.ca
CSIS is seeking applications for a career as an Intelligence Officer. Candidates must have excellent interpersonal, analytical, and communications skills; must be resilient and able to easily adapt in a fast-paced environment. CSIS is seeking candidates whose own diverse experiences will allow them to exhibit strong leadership abilities and work collaboratively with various communities. Candidates must be reliable and motivated to work in the field of national security.
Intelligence Officers are at the heart of Canada’s national security apparatus. Successful candidates will undergo extensive training to help them operate successfully within the organization. Intelligence Officers are required to remain discrete while performing their functions and must always be security conscious.
Intelligence Officers are responsible for:
Conducting, coordinating and managing investigations - this could be subject matter or country specific;
Conducting research, analyzing information and preparing clear and concise reports on matters related to national security;
Liaising with partners and developing information networks;
Consulting and collaborating with counterparts and stakeholders;
Providing sound, objective and professional advice.
Completed Undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree
The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.
If you completed a program outside of Canada, you will be required to obtain proof of a Canadian equivalency at your expense through a recognized credential assessment service.
An understanding of the CSIS mandate, threats as defined in the CSIS Act and priorities regarding the security of Canada.
An awareness of both national and international current events and an understanding of how they relate to the CSIS mandate.
Knowledge of a foreign or indigenous language(s).
Communication (oral and written)
Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the five (5) competencies listed above. Examples can include but are not limited to work experience, student placements, paid or unpaid internships, community experience, life experience or travel experience. Please limit your cover letter to a maximum of two (2) pages.
Failure to do so will result in being screened out of the recruitment process.
Conditions of Employment
valid and permanent* Canadian driver's license (mandatory throughout career).
- Permanent Canadian driver's license is defined as a G Class (Ontario) or minimum of a Class 5 (remainder of Canada). G1, G2, Class 7, Class 6, Learner's etc. will not be accepted.
Intelligence Officers must successfully complete the Ottawa-based Intelligence Officer Entry Training (IOET) program.
Intelligence Officers must be willing and able to relocate within Canada due to a variety of circumstances. Intelligence Officers must also be willing to travel as required by operational and organizational requirements. Assistance and financial support are provided in line with policy.
Relocation to Ottawa is mandatory for the initial training purposes and subsequent three (3) year development program.
Intelligence Officers must complete a three (3) year professional development program based in Ottawa.
Once the professional development program is completed, Intelligence Officers can further develop by taking additional training and progress into the investigator role.
The assessment process is conducted in Canada only.
A written exam will be administered to evaluate your written and communication skills. If successful, you will be invited to an interview.
Salary Grade Breakdown
Candidates must be eligible to receive an Enhanced Top Secret security clearance. The process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications. The use of illegal drugs is a criminal offense. Drug use is an important factor considered in your reliability and suitability assessment during the selection process. Therefore it is important not to use any illegal drugs from the time you submit your application.
Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet each Education and Experience criteria. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being screened out of the career opportunity.
CSIS is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). CSIS has its own classification, compensation system, and a different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.
CSIS is committed to diversity and inclusion and the equitable participation of all Canadians. Should you require accommodation in relation to a disability, please tell us at the beginning of the selection process. This information will be kept confidential.
The personal information provided in your application is protected under the Privacy Act and will be held in Personal Information Bank SIS/P-PU-025.
We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.