Government of Canada
Gatineau, Québec, Canada
Employment and Social Development Canada - Legal Services Gatineau (Québec) EC-04 Acting, Assignment, Deployment, Indeterminate, Secondment, Specified period $74,122 to $85,778
For further information on the organization, please visit Employment and Social Development Canada
Closing date: 21 February 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time
Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.
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On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced its plans to require vaccination across the federal public service. As per the new Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration Including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, federal public servants in the Core Public Administration and members of the RCMP must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment. Accommodation requests will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and will be limited to employees who are unable to be vaccinated due to a certified medical contraindication, religion or any other prohibited ground of discrimination as defined in the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA). THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY IN WRITING will be assessed through the answers provided to the pre-screening questions. At Employment and Social Development Canada, we encourage and value the inclusion of all people including members of the LGBTQ2+ community. We therefore encourage you to apply for this opportunity should you believe you are qualified. ******************************* ON-LINE APPLICATIONS ******************************* We strongly encourage applicants to submit their applications on-line. Following are some of the benefits associated with applying on-line: Applicants can create and manage their accounts and apply to job opportunities as long as an internet connection is available.
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Work environment – ESDC Legal Services Are you a paralegal looking to make a difference and contribute to a dynamic and rewarding work environment? Do you have experience in drafting pleadings, conducting legal research, using and updating legal and administrative databases ? As an employee of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), you would participate in the mandate of the Department: assisting Canadians in maintaining income for retirement and providing financial benefits to survivors, people with disabilities and their families and providing seniors with basic income security. As a paralegal working in ESDC Legal Services, Litigation, Appeals and Pensions Advisory Group, you would be working alongside counsel in the ESDC/VAC Legal Services Unit on files before the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal (FC/FCA) with respect to matters falling under the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security Act and/or the Employment Insurance Act. You would have carriage of several FC/FCA files. On those files, you would be required to calculate deadlines, draft letters and pleadings, and serve and file Court documents. You would be working closely with the counsel assigned to the file, requiring almost daily communication with him or her. You would also be required to enter the office a few times a month in order to prepare various Court documents for service and/or filing. You may also be required to make appearances before the Social Security Tribunal. The legal services branch is also looking to staff a few other EC04 positions, where your expertise in Business analytics tied into your legal background, or your experience in supporting ligation matters or reviewing ministerial correspondence or briefing notes will certainly be assets. If you have instead an interest and background in Dispute Resolution, we are also looking for dedicated candidates to fill positions in this team.
Intent of the process
A pool of partially or fully qualified candidates may be established from this process which may be used to staff similar positions within Employment and Social Development Canada or the Department of Justice (and within Departmental Legal Services Units to staff client positions) with various tenures (indeterminate, acting, specified period, assignment/secondment, deployment, etc.), various language requirements and various conditions of employment, which may vary according to the position to be staffed in the National Capital Region. Presently, the official location (designated workplace*) of the positons to be staffed is in the National Capital Region (NCR). However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some employees are required to work from home. Selected candidates may be required to step into the office in the NCR occasionally upon notice during the pandemic depending on the position to be staffed. Designated workplace: location of work or business address where the employee would work if a telework, hoteling or remote working arrangement was not in place
Positions to be filled: 4
Information you must provide
In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)
EDUCATION: Successful completion of two years of a post-secondary program with acceptable specialization in social science, statistics, library/archival work or a law-related field. NOTE: At the manager’s discretion, an acceptable combination of education, training and/or experience that is comparable to the minimum education stated above, may serve as an alternative. Whenever the minimum educational standard is met through an alternative, it is met only for the position being staffed, and a candidate must be re-assessed for future appointments and deployments if the manager has asked for this alternative. If you went to school outside of Canada, you must have your certificates and/or diplomas assessed against Canadian education standards. Read more on Degree equivalency or visit the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) at: https://www.cicic.ca. This website provides links to a number of Canadian organizations that provide equivalency assessments. Any applicable fees are the responsibility of the candidate.
EXPERIENCE EX.1 Recent* and significant** experience conducting legal research and drafting pleadings involving multiple complex**** issues; Significant* and recent** refers to the depth and breadth of experience that is generally associated with the carrying out of a large array of complex and interrelated activities during at least 3 years as an appointed legal professional*** within the last 7 years and includes at least 1 year of experience in the past 3 years. Legal professional*** is defined as a person whom has been appointed fully in the position and has worked in the full scope and capacity of the title. Examples without restricting to these, of a “Legal professional” would be working as a paralegal officer, a Legal assistant, Legal technician, lawyer, etc. Periods of employments done as a student do not count towards the experience gained in this criterion. **** Complex is defined as the scope and nature involving multiple stakeholders and circumstances where sources of information are absent, rare or conflicting.
EX.2 Experience reviewing documents and incoming requests in order to determine next steps;
EX.3 Experience using and updating legal and administrative databases;
EX.4 Experience organising documents, information and data;
The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)
Various language requirements Bilingual Imperative- Level: BBB / BBB English Essential Either French or English Essential
Information on language requirements