National Area of Selection
A geographic limit, known as “area of selection,” determines where prospective candidates must reside or work to be considered for a job opening in the federal public service.
(Public Service Commission of Canada.)
An appointment process that uses a national area of selection is open to “persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad”. A national area of selection is established for all advertised external appointment processes.
This requirement does not apply to processes:
- For part-time student appointments;
- For appointments for a specified period of six months or less except full time student
- Run subsequent to an initial, unproductive student appointment process which used a national area of selection;
- For the re-appointment of a student in a student employment program;
- To employ persons not ordinarily required to work more than one third of the normal period for persons doing similar work;
- For employees performing duties of a seasonal nature;
- That are limited to members of designated Employment Equity groups;
- For which an exception has been approved by the Public Service Commission on a case-by-case basis.
National Area of Selection Implementation: Questions and Answers, Public Service Commission of Canada, http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/plcy-pltq/naos-zns/faq-eng.htm , Visited on August 4, 2009.
Policy Statement (Area of selection), Public Service Commission of Canada, http://www.psc-cfp.gc.ca/plcy-pltq/frame-cadre/policy-politique/naos-zns-eng.htm , Visited on August 4, 2009.
Approved for glossaryposting by Ben Eisen on February 16, 2011