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Working at NRCan

NRCan – an established leader in science and technology! Join us in one of Canada’s most innovative governmental departments. If you are passionate about engaging with or working with Canada’s rich array of natural resources, working in one of our many laboratories or offices located around the country might be the right place for you!

Our vision

To improve the quality of life of Canadians by creating a sustainable resource advantage.

Career possibilities are exciting and expose you to a variety of experiences

Work in partnership with the USA, Mexico, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and the Minister of Foreign Affairs to develop an ambitious North American clean energy and environmental agreement.

Develop a Canadian energy Strategy to protect Canada’s energy security.

Support innovation and the use of clean technologies in our natural resource sectors.

Modernize the National Energy Board to ensure that its composition reflects regional views and has sufficient expertise.

Enhance existing tax measures to generate more clean technology investments.

Review Canada’s environmental assessment processes to regain public trust and introduce new, fair processes.

Enhance the engagement of Indigenous groups in reviewing and monitoring major resource development projects.


Benefits of an exceptional workplace

  • Health and wellness

    We promote your health and wellness both in the workplace and in your personal life, and we make resources available to you and to your family members help you maintain a healthy balance between work and your personal life

    Employee Assistance Program: our staff and their immediate families have free access to our Employee Assistance Program.

    Informal Conflict Management Service Program: provides support and guidance to staff and managers facing conflict in the workplace.

    Flexible work hours: in response to the particular needs of our indeterminate and long-term employees, we provide various options for flexible hours (where operational requirements allow).

    Employee Recognition Program: we recognize the efforts and achievements of our staff through sector, departmental and government-wide awards as well as activities marking service milestones.

    Bilingualism: bilingualism is a fundamental value in Canada and within the federal public service. NRCan has its own Centre of Expertise on official languages and its own language school, providing support, tools and action plans in order to create a work environment favourable to the use of both English and French.

    Physical health: we encourage employees to organize onsite health and physical training activities. Some of the department’s divisions have such facilities onsite or close by.

    Community involvement: we support several charitable campaigns, including United Way and the Centre espoir Sophie, and we participate annually in Take Our Kids to Work.

    Communities: working at NRCan, you will have many opportunities to connect with colleagues who share your vision or interests by joining any of our many networks and communities: Management Community; Visible Minority Advisory Council; Aboriginal Employee Network; NRCan Women’s Network; Young Professional Network; Network for Persons with Disabilities.

  • Compensation Rewards, Benefit and Competitive Earnings Program

    Our staff enjoy the advantages of competitive, generous and full pay.


    Group insurance plans

    Our flexible benefits program allows you to choose the level of protection that responds to your needs and those of your family in terms of health, dental, disability, life insurance and accident insurance*.
    * Options vary according to employment status and professional group.

    Career possibilities are endless

    Retirement Plan

    We offer a determinate payment pension plan.

    Did you know?

    Your retirement contributions from previous employment may be transferable to the Civil Service Superannuation Plan!

    The government has entered into several agreements to transfer pension contributions from a number of Canadian employers. If your former employer is among them, you will have the option to transfer the actuarial value of the pension you have accumulated with your previous employer to the Civil Service Plan.

    Several types of leave

    Annual leave : depending on your professional group, your will be eligible for 3 or 4 weeks of annual leave upon entering the Public Service and accumulate annual leave credits based on years of service to a maximum of 6 weeks.
    Other paid leaves:  sick leave is accumulated monthly and employees may have leave for family obligations, volunteering or other reasons.
    For more details on the types of paid and unpaid leave, please look up the collective agreement for your professional group or Appendix C of the Directive on Executive Compensation.

    Travel and relocation of civil servants

    Under certain conditions, we offer logistical and financial support to staff who have to travel or relocate as a requirement of their work.

  • Training and career development opportunities

    Natural Resources Canada places a high priority on advancement, professional development and continuing education. Employees are encouraged to develop their abilities and acquire new skills to achieve their full potential.

    Learning and training: we have a wide array of learning, training and development options, including taking a formal education program with reimbursement of eligible fees.

    Training and career development: we promote the development and implementation of training programs enabling employees to progress professionally and personally.

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