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Benefits of Working for the Federal Government in Canada

 As an employee working within the public sector of Canada’s federal government you will able to take advantage of a range of benefits.

There are many openings for qualified individuals seeking promotional employment opportunities. A number of management opportunities are available through various programs, including:

  • Career assignment programs

  • Management trainee programs

If you work in the public sector you will be exposed to continued professional and personal development programs. This will ensure that you remain current and up-to-date in your knowledge and understanding of the industry that you work in.

The public service provides employment security for all employees. If your spouse has been sent overseas for employment purposes, the federal government of Canada will strive to find you employment in the same line of work, and same location, as your spouse

 Although vacation leave and holidays may vary from one position to the next, the following is a general outline of entitlements:

  • After one year of employment: 15 days of vacation

  • After 8 years of employment: 20 days of vacation

  • After 18 years of employment: 25 days of vacation

  • After 29 years of employment: 30 days of vacation

In addition to the above, employees working in the public sector are entitled to various types of leave, including:

  • 15 days of sick leave per year

  • Parental leave

  • Education leave

  • Self-funded leave

  • Marriage leave

  • Leave for the care of minors

  • Leave for personal needs

Public sector workers are entitled to dental and health care coverage, along with disability insurance, a competitive pension plan as well as death benefits.

Many public sector organizations give employees the opportunity to work flexible hours or a condensed work week.

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