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Interested in working for a municipality? The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ website explores
current municipal issues and links to municipalities’ websites. To gain further
insight into local government work opportunities, visit the human resources websites
or offices for your municipality of interest. For more check out Municipal World which features current
issues in municipal affairs and contains employment postings.
The City of Toronto
The City of Toronto employs over 39,000 people in more than 4,000 types of work
including social services, emergency services, and parks and recreation. For information
on current jobs and the applications process, visit the City of Toronto website.
Information on Toronto’s community services is available in the Blue Book—Directory
of Community Services in Toronto, available in the Career Resource Library, or you
can search the directory online.
If you are an urban planning student and you are looking to get hands-on experience,
Canadian Institute of Planners for internship opportunities. As well, consider
the U of T’s Urban Studies course INI 306 - Urban Experiential Learning in Toronto
& the GTA, which includes a mandatory internship with a city councillor.
To access current provincial government job listings and current employment programs
and internships for students and graduates, visit GO Jobs. Temporary positions with provincial
ministries are filled through employment agencies - find out which agencies are
used by a particular ministry by contacting the human resources branch directly.
For a list of ministries and agencies, as well as the provincial telephone directory
go to the INFOGO directory. For information on provincial ministries
Ontario Government’s website.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) is the main recruitment department for the federal
government. Opportunities open to the general public are posted online. Not
all federal departments do their hiring through the PSC—for a collection of links
to some of these agencies visit www.jobsetc.ca. Additional independent
departments include the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and the Coast Guard.
Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR)
The PSR is a national initiative to recruit post-secondary graduates for careers
in the Public Service of Canada. Applicants are required to write a Situational
Judgement Test—and some specific positions require additional tests (sample tests
and more details are provided online). Campaigns begin in September and continue
through the year. Submit your profile to the
Federal Student Work Experience Program
This program is the primary vehicle through which federal departments and agencies
recruit for some 8,000 part-time and summer student jobs each year. There is no
deadline for applying to the general inventory, but some departments hire early
in the year. Apply online
The federal government offers programs for work with students of English through
My Accent or My Odyssey or the chance for a language exchange through My Explore.
The Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFAIT) provides information
about the Foreign Service Exam and a career with the Foreign Service. The Career
Resource Library has information on life in the foreign service including a video
of the recent Career Centre panel Careers in the Foreign Service.
If you are interested in working for the Canadian government in a specific country,
enquire directly to that country’s embassy as some of them offer special student
internships. A list of embassy websites can be viewed on DFAIT’s website
Additional Sources of Government Information
The Canadian Sourcebook is an excellent source of information about Canada and the
Canadian government. It includes contact information for government departments
and ministries, as well as organizations like libraries, museums, parks. Available
in the Career Resource Library.
The Metro Urban Affairs Library, Ground Floor, Metro Hall, 55 John Street and the
Metro Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, have collections of books on
career paths at all government levels as well as materials on urban and municipal