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Getting a Security Clearance



Security clearances are required primarily for jobs in National Public Sector.

A Security Clearance is an extensive background check that enables you to work in positions in the Federal Government which may require access to secure information. Security Clearances are done by Public Works and Government Services Canada.

There are 5 levels of Security Clearances: Reliability, Confidential, Secret, Nato Secret and Top Secret. This process usually involves reference inquiries, verification of qualifications, criminal records checks, and occasionally credit checks. The current processing time is generally 2 to 4 weeks; however, sometimes an out-of-country check or fingerprints are required and this can result in a longer processing time.

Please speak with your Recruiter during your interview if you plan to apply for positions in National Public Sector and you require a security clearance or if you are unsure if you already hold a clearance.

For more information on Security Clearances, please visit the Government of Canada’s site.