PSC-led pools and inventories

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Ready to tap into a pool of existing, assessed candidates to simplify your staffing process and save you time?  Let's get you started.

Across Canada, the seven regional offices of the Public Service Commission (PSC) create PSC-led pools and inventories to meet the similar hiring needs of federal government organizations. 

These pools and inventories are efficient means to staffing positions in the federal government and offer many benefits to hiring organizations:

  • Created by experienced staffing specialists using proven tools;
  • Staffing needs are easily satisfied with the use of fewer resources;
  • Customizable processes to suit your needs; and
  • No compromise on the quality of candidates.

Begin the process by using our Search tool to find an existing PSC-led pool or inventory in your area that meets your staffing needs and review the detailed process information. If you cannot find an existing PSC-led pool or inventory that meets your staffing needs or you have questions not addressed in our FAQs, contact the regional office closest to you to discuss all possible options. It really can be that simple.

What is a PSC-led Pool?

A PSC-led pool is an external or internal advertised appointment process created to meet the hiring needs of various federal government organizations. The PSC creates and manages these types of pools to staff similar positions, for example administrative positions, that exist in many federal government organizations. Pools can make the hiring process more efficient.

To what level are the candidates assessed?

For our PSC-led pools, they are comprised of numerous candidates who are assessed based on the Statement of Merit Criteria (SOMC), thus resulting in three different types of pools:

  1. Partially: Candidates have been assessed by the PSC against some of the criteria; organizations may have the ability to add additional criteria to meet their recruitment needs (only if noted in the advertisement);
  2. Essentially: Candidates have been assessed by the PSC against all of the essential criteria; organizations may have the ability to add additional criteria (excluding essential qualifications) to meet their recruitment needs (only if noted in the advertisement); or
  3. Fully: Candidates have been assessed by the PSC against all of the criteria (this includes all identified essentials, assets, organizational needs and operational requirements); organizations may not add additional criteria.

Will the hiring organization be responsible for conducting candidate assessments?

For partially-assessed pools the hiring organization will be responsible for completing any other assessments, such as interviews or reference checks, which are needed to determine if the candidate meets the position’s merit criteria. For our essentially assessed pools, additional assessment may or may not be required depending on whether the hiring organization will be adding additional merit criteria. Our fully assessed pools do not require any additional assessment of candidates from the hiring organization. For all of our pools, the candidate must meet, at minimum, all of the established essential qualifications for the position in order to be considered for appointment. The final decision regarding right-fit rests with the hiring organization.

What is a PSC-led Inventory?

A PSC-led inventory, which can be an external or internal advertised appointment process, is different from a PSC-led pool in that no assessment of candidates is completed to establish the inventory (except for Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR)). Inventories tend to have a large amount of applicants and may still be active (still accepting applications) when referrals are provided to hiring organizations. Applicants may self-report on some criteria via the application process, thus providing a base of information to be used when the assessment begins. The hiring organization can request assessment services from the PSC, or complete the entire assessment process on its own.

Here is what some of our federal government organization clients had to say about our services:

"Professional, courteous, discreet; an exceptional service and the result -- a highly qualified employee." (translation)

Biosphere, Environment Canada, Montreal (Quebec Region)

"Staffing through the PSC was one of the most efficient, hassle free processes I have ever been part of. Not only did the PSC provide great service but the calibre of the new staff is unbelievable! The candidates were from a CR-04 pool. This process was a windfall for me and the bonus is that the candidates are also happy with their positions and are truly the "right fit" for the office."

Manager, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Edmonton (Alberta & Northwest Territories Region)

"Since my heavy workload doesn't leave me a lot of time, I was relieved to have access to the PSC's pool of CR-4 candidates (Quebec Region). They sent me skilled candidates, allowing me to quickly fill two urgent positions with very dynamic and professional candidates. This allowed me the time to manage my directorate's priorities." (translation)

Manager, Integrity Services Branch, Service Canada, Montreal (Quebec Region)

If you have previously accessed our PSC-led pools or inventories, or have other related general comments, we want to hear from you!

Do you have questions related to our PSC-led pools and inventories? Please visit the FAQs section on the jobs.gc.ca site for additional information.

Are you interested in applying to a PSC-led pool or inventory? Please select the link below to view which PSC-led pools and inventories are currently accepting applications:

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Note: At times there may not be any PSC-led pools and inventories accepting applications, but we encourage you to check back on a regular basis.