Computer and Information Systems (CS) — Recruitment and development program

Post-Secondary Recruitment - Computer and Information Systems (CS-01 leading to CS-02)

Please consult the information below for details about the positions and the application process.

  • Work in Information Technology

    Given the variety and specialized facets of the IT work done at Statistics Canada, the agency seeks to hire individuals who have both the knowledge and the abilities to function effectively in our unique work environment. Statistics Canada has also recognized that knowledge and abilities coupled with specific in-house training and practical work experience are the best means to develop a competent IT workforce that can contribute to fulfilling the agency's mandate.

    Professional environment

    Statistics Canada has approximately 800 CS professionals on staff, all consolidated within the Informatics Branch. Their collective knowledge and work experiences form an immense pool of expertise. As a recruit, you will find the consultation and exchange of ideas with your colleagues invaluable to your individual training and development.

    Technological environment – application development

    The software development process at Statistics Canada is very diverse. While some teams choose to use a more traditional approach, many have implemented an agile software development methodology, namely SCRUM or Kanban. These teams can range from three to over fifteen staff with experts covering numerous specialties such as business analysis, user experience design, testing, system architecture, database programming in addition to object-oriented programming. People are at their best when they have the best tools at their disposal. To that end, our staff are provided industry leading tools to perform their duties including: git, JIRA, Confluence, Team Foundation Server, Jenkins, Sonar, Visual Studio, Eclipse and/or IntelliJ.

    Service-oriented architecture and object-oriented approaches are used in both design and development, with.Net and Java being the platforms of choice. Major software packages include SQL Server, Oracle and SAS.

  • Training and development

    New employees in Informatics who join Statistics Canada have the prospect of a challenging and rewarding career. As a new recruit, you will participate in a two-year development program during which you can expect two different project assignments. Your duties, performed on project teams with experienced professionals, could include the analysis, design, development, and enhancement of systems to produce statistical information and work with databases or security.

    As a new recruit, you will receive formal and on-the-job training in both technical and subject matter areas relating to your assignments, as well as generalized training relevant to the agency as a whole.

    Orientation to the Public Service

    This session is sponsored by the Canada School of Public Service for employees newly appointed to the Public Service of Canada.

    Orientation to Statistics Canada

    This half-day course enables employees to get a general grasp of the Agency's activities so as to know their options and take full advantage of the career opportunities available to them.

    The course covers the following topics: the Agency's mandate, guiding principles and changing role; the value and relevance of our work; the challenges we face; Human Resources Development at Statistics Canada; and Statistics Canada's organizational structure.

    CS Technical Orientation Program

    This one day program offers an overview of the CS Recruit Development Program and informatics services available at Statistics Canada, and describes a few major technology initiatives being implemented to support survey programs. Topics are presented by selected speakers who have significant experience at Statistics Canada on a variety of topics such as: Informatics Technology framework, System Project management, Security, Technical Infrastructure, Software Support and Informatics Training. Participation by the recruits is solicited throughout the program by open discussions, as well as question and answer periods. You benefit from the experience and knowledge of people who have contributed to the success of a number of informatics-related projects at Statistics Canada.

    Technical training

    Many forms of technical training are available. These include training provided by commercial vendors, Statistics Canada in-house courses, computer based training (CBT) and on-the-job training.

    Language training

    In-house second language training is available to all Statistics Canada employees.

    Subject matter training

    A number of courses on subject matter are offered on a regular basis.

    Survey Skills Development Course

    This is a six-week (full-time) course for professional employees. As part of a team, you will design and conduct a complete sample survey on a predetermined socio-economic topic. Steps include negotiation of an agreement with the client, questionnaire design, sample selection, data collection in the field, estimation and analysis of the survey results and presentation of the conclusions. This practical training is complemented by classroom sessions. This course will provide participants with a thorough understanding of the full survey process and an appreciation for IT's contribution.


    Employees are encouraged to move to new projects throughout their career to learn new technologies or to further develop their existing skills and competencies in a technology.

  • Pay rates

    CS: Computer Systems Group annual rates of pay (in dollars)

    A registered Pension Plan, a Dental Care Plan, a Health Care Plan, a Disability Insurance Plan, and life insurance are included in the benefits of the employees of the Federal Public Service. As a new employee, you are entitled every year to 15 days of vacation leave, 15 days of sick leave, 5 days of leave for family-related responsibilities, 1 day's leave for personal reason and 1 day's leave for volunteer work. Up to 52 weeks of maternity/parental leave and up to 5 years of leave without pay for childcare and/or eldercare are also available.

    Union affiliation

    The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) represents the CS group. All members of the group must pay dues to PIPSC for representational services, but actual membership in PIPSC is optional.

  • Who can apply

    Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

    The CS Recruitment and Development Inventory is an important part of Statistics Canada's Post-Secondary Recruitment Strategy. We're looking for Canada's top talent.

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