Careers at the CBSA
What we do
Are you ready?
To be the face of Canada when travellers visit, newcomers arrive, and residents return home?
To stop guns, drugs and inadmissible people at our borders?
To safeguard our economic prosperity by promoting fair trade and commerce?
To protect our food safety, plant and animal health?
To work in unique locations?
To learn and develop in a compelling work environment?
To be part of a team that is as diverse as Canada itself?
Careers at the CBSA: exciting, challenging, enriching.
Who we are
Our workforce is made up of 14,000 employees, including more than 7,700 uniformed officers who work at 1,100 points of service across Canada and in 37 international locations. The variety of work environments, day-to-day-duties, and opportunities to enforce laws and regulations that touch nearly every sector of Canadian society are what set us apart.
Across the Agency, our employees have meaningful careers in the areas of border services, intelligence, enforcement, science and technology, policy, and enabling services. All employees have an important role to play in keeping cross-border travel and commerce safe and efficient.
What we are looking for
We know that our employees define us. Our workplace is built on respect, integrity and service excellence. That's why it's important that we hire people who share our core values, and are committed to the vital work we do.
We are looking for analytical and career-minded people of all ages, with strong communication skills, and a commitment to service excellence who are ready to take on a new challenge every day!
Our mission is to ensure Canada's security and prosperity by managing the access of people and goods to and from Canada. In border management, we develop and deliver national security and counter-terrorism programs, and enforce traveller, commercial and trade laws and regulations, both domestic and international.
The people who work in border management are decisive individuals with strong information seeking skills, and sound judgement.
- Detector dog handling
- Security and facilitation of travellers and migrants
- Border risk assessment
- Big data analysis
- Trade/commercial facilitation and compliance
- Revenue collection
- Canadian industry assistance
Science and technology
We are modernizing to make cross-border travel and trade more efficient and strategic. In science and technology, we design, develop and implement innovative solutions to secure and streamline the current and future border experience, while keeping mission-critical systems running 24/7.
The people who work in science and technology are problem-solvers who thrive on making change happen!
- Advanced analytics
- Alcohol and tobacco characterization
- Border technology development
- Contraband drug analysis
- Customs analysis
- Detection technology field support
- Detection science and engineering
- Forensic document examination
- Technological support and integration
We ensure that the organization runs effectively and efficiently so that our border management employees can focus on securing our borders. In enabling services, we provide services and solutions that help the CBSA meet and surpass its operational and business goals.
The people who work in enabling services come from a variety of professional backgrounds, but share a strategic perspective and passion for problem-solving.
- Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP)
- Audit and evaluation
- Contracting and procurement
- Corporate planning
- Finance and resource management
- Information Management (IM) and Information Technology (IT)
- Human resources
- Real property management
We are focused on developing innovative solutions to address emerging issues in border management. In strategic policy, we set the direction for our operations to ensure safe, efficient and coordinated cross-border trade and travel.
The people who work in strategic policy have their finger on the pulse. They can anticipate future trends and are persuasive communicators.
- Cabinet and parliamentary affairs
- Engagement and partnerships with national and international stakeholders
- Policy research and planning
- Strategic planning and organizational priorities
We take pride in being one of the largest employers of students in the public service. Our students play an integral role in the delivery of our business in border management, science and technology, enabling services and strategic policy.
The students we hire are driven, dedicated and thrive in a dynamic environment. They are our future!
Examples of student employment opportunities:
- Student border services officer
- Junior analyst
- Human resources project officer
- Junior systems analyst
Interested in working for us? Here's what you need to know:
If you are registered in a post-secondary CO-OP/internship program, keep an eye out for student job postings on your school's CO-OP opportunities board or talk to your CO-OP office about reaching out to us to create a partnership.
The Agency also recruits students through the Federal Student Work Experience Program and the Indigenous Student Employment Opportunity program for full-time and part-time needs. Check out the jobs portal for on-going and targeted opportunities.
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