Legal Assistant - Post-Secondary Recruitment

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• you will have access to a variety of opportunities across the country in a broad range of specializations that offers training, development possibilities and career advancement;
• you will have access to work-life balance through a flexible work environment, excellent benefits and competitive salaries;
• you will be able to put your calling to work and have an impact on your community through your contribution and the quality of your work;
• you will be encouraged to innovate, collaborate and challenge the status quo in achieving results for Canadians and our communities.

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Work environment

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) is a medium size federal government organization responsible for the prosecution of criminal offenses under federal jurisdiction. Our organization consists of approximately 1000 employees in regional offices across the country who all play a key role in strengthening Canada’s criminal justice system.

As a Legal Assistant at the PPSC, you will be exposed to various areas of criminal law, such as, drug prosecutions, organized crime, and regulatory offences. In the Northern regions, you will have the opportunity to work on files relating to all Criminal Code offenses. In all offices, you will work in dynamic teams consisting of Team Leaders, Counsel, and Paralegals all working towards common goals.

For positions located in an isolated post, employees receive vacation travel assistance, government housing and an isolated post allowance on top of their regular salary. In addition, the PPSC is a career organization committed to providing development opportunities to all employees.

As a Legal Assistant, you will make an immediate impact in the Canadian criminal justice system. Wait no longer and apply today!

Positions to be filled: 20

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


Graduation by December 31, 2020, with a college diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution, in a law related field.

Degree equivalency

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)


• Experience in the delivery of administrative support services;
• Experience working in a legal environment;
• Experience providing support to counsel;
• Experience working in a northern environment (only for positions in Northwest Territories and Yukon).

Note: Please note that additional asset qualifications, organizational needs, operational requirements, and conditions of employment may be identified based on the position being staffed.

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


Various language requirements
Bilingual imperative – Levels: BBB/BBB, CCC/CCC and CBC/CBC
English essential
French essential

Information on language requirements

Second Language Writing Skills Self-Assessment
In order to help you decide if you should apply to a bilingual position, an optional self-assessment of your writing skills in your second official language is available for you to take before completing your application.

For more information, please consult:
Unsupervised Internet Test of Second Language Writing Skills


• Legal literacy
• Working effectively with others
• Thinking things through (reasoning and judgment)
• Showing initiative and being action-oriented
• Demonstrating integrity and respect
• Attention to detail
• Effective communication skills (written and oral)

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


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

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment


Secret security clearance - Secret clearance (other security clearance levels may be considered based on the requirements)


Medical clearance (only for positions in Northwest Territories and Yukon)


How and when will I be assessed?

- You will receive an unsupervised internet test (PSEE UIT 370) at the end of October 2019 to be completed within a five (5) day window.

- If you are successful at the unsupervised test, you will be invited to the supervised in-person test (PSEE 371) that will be administered starting in November 2019.

For more information on these tests, the testing process and assessment accommodation, please visit:

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

Each request for assessment accommodations will be individually reviewed. You will be asked to provide information regarding your limitations. If needed, professional documentation could be requested to determine the appropriate accommodation measures. For more information about assessment accommodation, please visit our website at

PPSC is committed to establishing and maintaining a representative workforce. Qualified applicants who self-declare as members of a visible minority group, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and/or women, may be selected for appointment to fulfill organizational needs.

Note: Please note that additional asset qualifications, organizational needs, operational requirements, and conditions of employment may be identified based on the position being staffed.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, 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.

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