Tax Legislation Officer – Tax Legislation Stream
Website : For more information on how to apply and information about the Department of Finance, please consult our Recruitment Process.
For further information on the Department of Finance, please consult our website at Department of Finance. For further information on the Tax Policy Branch at the Department of Finance, please visit the Tax Policy Branch page.
Who Can Apply
Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.
Preference will be given to Canadian citizens. Please indicate in your application the reason for which you are entitled to work in Canada: Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status, or work permit.
Applicants must demonstrate in their application that they meet all the following essential merit criteria to be eligible for further consideration:
1. Education and Professional Designation
A. have successfully completed, or be eligible to complete before 2016, a program leading to a degree in law (LL.B., B.C.L. or J.D.) from a recognized university; or
B. have become, or be eligible to become before 2016, a member of the Bar of one or more of the provinces or territories of Canada or in the Order of Notaries in the Province of Quebec; or
C. have successfully completed, or be eligible to complete before 2016, a program leading to a graduate degree in taxation from a recognized university; or
D. have successfully completed a degree from a recognized university and have obtained a recognized professional accounting designation (CA/CPA, CMA, CGA).
2. Specialization in Taxation and/or Economics
In addition to 1.(A), (B), (C) or (D) above, university course work must include successful completion of two or more courses in economics or the equivalent (which can include courses in Canadian taxation).
3. English or French essential
This advertised process is relevant for the staffing of positions in the area of income tax and the area of sales tax at the Tax Policy Branch of the Department of Finance. One or more of the following asset qualifications may be used to preselect candidates for an interview and/or may be assessed during the interview process:
1. Academic excellence; candidates must provide a transcript of all university courses taken and grades obtained.
2. For candidates who have successfully completed, or will be eligible to complete before 2016, a program leading to a degree in law (LL.B., B.C.L. or J.D.) from a recognized university, preference may be given to candidates who have become or are eligible to become before 2016, a member of the Bar of one of the provinces or territories of Canada or in the Order of Notaries in the Province of Quebec.
3. For candidates who have successfully completed, or will be eligible to complete before 2016, a program leading to a graduate degree in taxation from a recognized university, preference may be given to candidates who:
- have become, or are eligible to become before 2016, a member of the Bar of one or more of the provinces or territories of Canada or in the Order of Notaries in the Province of Quebec, or
- have obtained a recognized professional accounting designation (CA/CPA, CMA, CGA).
4. Interest in tax policy or legislation, demonstrated through work experience or any other means, such as academic studies.
5. Recent* and relevant** experience for the position in the area of taxation.
*For the purpose of this selection process, recent is defined as after 2011.
**For the purposes of this selection process, the following is considered relevant experience:
- Work experience with active involvement dealing with tax issues; or
- Work experience required to:
(a) become a member of the Bar of one or more of the provinces or territories of Canada or in the Order of Notaries in the Province of Quebec; or
(b) obtain a recognized professional accounting designation (CA/CPA, CMA, CGA); or
(c) obtain a graduate degree in taxation; or
- Scholastic activities leading to a degree in law (LL.B., B.C.L. or J.D.) from a recognized university or a graduate degree in taxation; or
- A combination of the elements above.
Note: Candidates are encouraged to indicate, on their résumé, activities, employment experience and/or scholastic activity or achievements that they feel may be pertinent to a position in the Tax Policy Branch at the Department of Finance. This staffing process is considered to be part of our university recruitment campaign.
6. Ability to communicate effectively in writing.
Other Merit Criteria and Conditions of Employment
Condition of Employment
Reliability and Security: Secret
This factor is not used at the pre-selection stage. The Department of Finance is responsible for the security clearance process. Candidates must maintain a valid security clearance throughout the duration of employment.
Statement of Merit Criteria
Applicants who meet the above criteria will be further assessed against the Statement of Merit Criteria for this position.
- We thank all those who apply. Only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.
- Candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet the above-noted criteria. The screening of applicants will be done solely on the information submitted through the online application.
- Candidates may be asked to participate in one or more Public Service Commission standardized tests as part of the application process.
- Should you be considered for an interview, you will be contacted directly. Communications with candidates will be by e-mail or by telephone. Please include a valid e-mail address and a valid telephone number and check your messages frequently.
- A written examination may be administered following the interview. Reference checks may also be made.
- Selection decisions may be based on results achieved for one or more qualifications. For example, preference may be given to the candidate that has scored highest on a specific qualification or combination of qualifications.
- The online application may be used to assess your ability to communicate effectively in writing.
- Persons are entitled to participate in the selection process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.
- Candidates may have to assume their own travel expenses to attend these interviews.
Information to be Provided
You must respond to all questions in the electronic application form, and provide a list of the university courses in Canadian taxation and/or economics that you will have completed by the time of your graduation along with the year taken, the institution and the name of the course, as shown on your university transcripts.
You must also provide the following documents when submitting your application:
- A cover letter demonstrating that you meet the essential and asset qualifications.
- Your résumé.
- Transcripts from all university institutions attended.
- As the case may be:
- proof of your membership (or your eligibility before 2016) of the Bar of one or more of the provinces or territories of Canada or in the Order of Notaries in the Province of Quebec;
- proof of your recognized professional accounting designation.
It may take time to complete and gather all this information so please prepare and give yourself sufficient time to complete the online application.
The application process is now open. Only online applications will be accepted.
If you do not have Internet access in your home or through friends, relatives, or neighbours, consider alternatives such as campus career centres, libraries, community centres, Internet cafés, or Service Canada Centres.
Persons who have a disability preventing them from applying online should contact us by e-mail at UR-RU@fin.gc.ca or by phone at 1-877-921-0707.
We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability, or a member of a visible minority group.
The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted for an interview, you should advise us in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures that must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be treated confidentially.