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PPGPortal > Home > Concept Dictionary > A > Appointment

An action taken to confer a public service position or an occupational level on a person

(Public Service Commission of Canada)


Under the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA), there are examples of appointment in the Federal Public Service:

Internal appointment: Appointment for which only persons employed in the public service may be considered.

External appointment: A process in which persons may be considered whether or not they are employed in the public service.

Advertised appointment: Meets two conditions: first, persons in the area of selection are informed of the appointment opportunity. Second, they have an opportunity to apply and demonstrate their suitability against the merit criteria.

Non-advertised appointment: An appointment process that does not meet the criteria for an advertised appointment and who is based on predetermined organizational criteria. This process is only for public service employees.

Imperative appointment: An individual must meet the language requirements of the position, as identified by the deputy head, at the time of appointment.

Non imperative appointment: An indeterminate appointment to a bilingual position that the deputy head has identified as not requiring a person who meets the required level of language proficiency at the time of appointment. Individuals appointed as a result of a non-imperative appointment either meet the language requirements at the time of appointment, agree to atain the required level of language proficiency within two years of the date of appointment, or are exemplted from meeting the language requirements of the position on medical grounds or as a result of their eligibility for an immediate annuity within two years of appointment.

Acting appointment: The temporary performance of the duties of another position by an employee, if the performance of those duties would have constituted a promotion had he/she been appointed to the position.


2007-2008 Annual Report, Public Service Commission of Canada,, Visited on July 28, 2009



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