INVENTORY: Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) Officer, Ab-initio Trainee

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Prince Rupert, BC, Canada · Victoria, BC, Canada · Placentia, NL, Canada · Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, Canada · Channel-Port aux Basques, NL, Canada · Sydney, NS, Canada · Halifax, NS, Canada · Iqaluit, NU, Canada · Prescott, ON, Canada · Sarnia, ON, Canada · Les Escoumins, Quebec, QC G0T 1K0, Canada · Quebec City, QC, Canada
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INVENTORY: Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) Officer, Ab-initio Trainee

Reference number: DFO21J-021394-000045
Selection process number: 21-DFO-CEN-EA-CCG-319888
Canadian Coast Guard (an Agency of Fisheries and Oceans Canada) - Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS)
Prince Rupert (British Columbia), Victoria (British Columbia), Happy Valley-Goose Bay (Newfoundland and Labrador), Placentia (Newfoundland and Labrador), Port-aux-Basques (Newfoundland and Labrador), Halifax (Nova Scotia), Sydney (Nova Scotia), Iqaluit (Nunavut), Prescott (Ontario), Sarnia (Ontario), Les Escoumins (Québec), Québec (Québec)
$45,590 to $62,345 (Annually upon successful completion of training, plus applicable allowances)

For further information on the organization, please visit Canadian Coast Guard (an Agency of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Closing date: 4 October 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

Employment Equity contributes to a strong and sustainable Public Service by ensuring that the workforce reflects the rich diversity of Canada's population. At the Canadian Coast Guard, we see the value that a representative workforce brings to our organization. We celebrate the richness of the people that contribute to this organization’s workforce. A workforce where the diversity of thought, culture, ethnicity, age, gender orientation and experiences are considered as invaluable assets. Together, we can meet new challenges, fuel innovation through diversity, help create prosperity and make a positive impact in the workplace and the people we serve. Therefore, when a vacancy becomes available, we are making a commitment to first consider candidates who self-identify in one of the four Employment Equity Groups.

For additional information and insight into the duties of an MCTS Officer, please visit the following link:

1. Successful candidates may be eligible for staff housing and the reimbursement of relocation costs.

2. Isolated Post Allowances (Northern Allowance) range from $7,000 to $33,000, which is based on location and if the employee has dependents or is occupying staff housing.

3. Vacation Travel Assistance will be provided for each eligible member of the household.

**Isolated post applies to positions in MCTS Centres located in:
Iqaluit, NU
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Port Aux Basques, NL

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future openings. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

Assessments will include an aptitude test and interview.

Nunavut Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement (beneficiaries of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement) will be considered before other applicants (including persons with priority entitlement and Veterans) for positions in Iqaluit.

As part of its priority to advance reconciliation and renew Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) are committed to hiring more Indigenous peoples into their workforce. Better representation within the public service of Canada’s fastest-growing demographic group will lead to more innovative and inclusive solutions to today’s complex challenges. Ultimately, this will improve government services for Canadians. Indigenous peoples are therefore encouraged to apply to this inventory and self-identify.

If you are unable to submit an application online, it can be dropped off in-person to the Iqaluit MCTS Centre at:

Attn of: Annie Verret
1063 Niuraivik Lane
Iqaluit, NU
X0A 0H0

Alternatively, you can apply by email to

Please ensure to clearly quote the selection process number: 21-DFO-CEN-EA-CCG-319888.


Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS) Officers with the Canadian Coast Guard provide one of the first responses to ships and vessels in distress. They oversee the safety of Canada’s waterways by listening for distress and safety calls, monitoring marine traffic to prevent accidents, making sure that vessels comply with Canadian laws, and by broadcasting maritime safety information, such as weather and navigational warnings.

The job is challenging, fast-paced and always interesting, but can be stressful and demanding. You speak with vessel captains and crews in all kinds of situations, and are often the first contact in a marine emergency or crisis. During a marine emergency, you act as a go-between for Search and Rescue and the vessel in danger, and are often the voice those in danger look to for advice and comfort. You need to be able to multi-task and manage many issues at once.

It’s a 24/7 world and we provide service to the marine environment 365 days of the year. With the exception of the Arctic, shipping never stops and neither do we. Consequently, you must be willing to accept shift work and work weekends and holidays.

Work environment

MCTS Officer Training involves two phases.

Information on Marine Communications and Traffic Services Officer Training Phase I can be found at:

During Phase I, you are paid an Ab Initio allowance of $350 per week less appropriate deductions. Also, $90 per week is deducted for meals and accommodations, while at the Canadian Coast Guard College.

Upon graduation, candidates are appointed to the RO-01 group and level at a salary of $45,590 per annum to complete On-the-Job Phase II training.

After successful completion of the On-the-Job Phase II training, you are appointed to the RO-03 MCTS Officer group and level with a salary beginning at $58,392 and up to $76,088 per annum.

Intent of the process

The intent of this process is to create an inventory of candidates to draw from to staff vacancies in our Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centres across Canada. Draws from the inventory will be conducted as necessary.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements
Bilingual Imperative (BBB/BBB)* for positions in MCTS Centres located in:
Port Aux Basques, NL
Halifax, NS
Sydney, NS
Les Escoumins, QC
Québec, QC
Iqaluit, NU
Prescott, ON

*Bilingual non-imperative could be considered for these locations if no bilingual candidates qualify.
A non-imperative appointment means that the position can be staffed with a person who agrees to become bilingual through language training at government expense.

English Essential for positions in MCTS Centres located in:
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Placentia, NL
Sarnia, ON
Prince Rupert, BC
Victoria, BC

Information on language requirements

A secondary school diploma or an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience.

Degree equivalency

Competency in skills associated with MCTS Officer duties (Arithmetic, Checking, Coding, Memory, and Spatial Ability). Note: this will be assessed using the MCTS Aptitude Test.
Ability to keyboard (30 wpm with 95% accuracy).
Ability to communicate orally
Ability to communicate in writing.

Working with others
Client Service Orientation
Managing difficult situations
Judgement and decision making

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Experience in a marine environment (for example - member of a Ship's crew, Navigation Officer, Commercial Fisheries, Sea Cadets, etc...)

Knowledge of Inuit culture, society and economy; (Iqaluit only)
Knowledge of environmental characteristics of the Nunavut Settlement Area (Iqaluit only)

Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women

Information on employment equity

In support of the Nunavut Agreement, Nunavut Inuit will be selected for appointment for positions located in Nunavut ahead of all others (including persons with priority entitlement and Veterans).

Willingness to relocate based on operational requirements.
Willingness to work overtime upon successful completion of all Phases of MCTS Officer training.

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance

Health Canada pre-placement evaluation;
Willingness to accept seasonal employment (Prescott, ON and Sarnia, ON and Iqaluit, NU);
Willing and able to travel;
Willing and able to accept shift work;
Willing and able to work weekends;

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Candidates will be assessed against essential qualifications (including second language proficiency) and may be required to meet asset qualifications and/or organisational needs, depending on the specific needs of the position. Candidates must meet the pass mark for each of the essential qualifications. Candidates must meet each asset qualification to be used for appointment.

Please note that candidates (including employees of the Public Service) will not be considered to be in travel status or on government business and that travel costs will not be reimbursed. Consequently, candidates will be responsible for their own travel costs. All assessments related to this selection process will be administered in Canada.

Successful completion of the Marine Communications and Traffic Services Aptitude Test is required. Those candidates who have previously successfully completed the MCTS Aptitude Test are not required to rewrite, but will be required to submit the successful results.

Applicants are encouraged to work on their keyboarding skills before the assessment date as a higher proficiency in keyboarding may be used to determine right fit.

Candidates will be communicated with via e-mail. In your application, please include the e-mail address that you wish to use for communication purposes throughout this recruitment initiative. It is your responsibility to verify your e-mail account on a regular basis.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Poster may be provided in Inuktut upon request.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

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