Oath of Employment
All BC Public Service employees covered by the Public Service Act, including co-op, interns and auxiliary employees, are required to take the Oath of Employment within the first 90 days of their employment. Political staff swear a different Oath of Employment.
The Oath reinforces the significance and special trust placed in public service employees by the citizens of British Columbia and counsels against any abuse of that trust. It also highlights the importance of honesty, integrity and impartiality in all that we do as members of the BC Public Service.
By taking the Oath, you are promising to
- Be loyal to the government as your employer
- Give service to the government of the day
- Perform your work duties in a way that will not bring the public service into disrepute
- Respect confidential information that you receive through your employment
- Faithfully abide by the Standards of Conduct for BC Public Service employees
If you change jobs and/or transfer to another ministry, you are not required to re-take the Oath.
If you resign or your employment is terminated and then you return to the BC Public Service, you will be required to take the Oath just as any new employee would.
What to Bring
Wherever you take your Oath, be sure to have with you
- A current piece of photo identification with your signature
- A copy of the Oath of Employment (PDF, 43KB) form (do NOT sign in advance, your signature must be witnessed by a Commissioner)
The Oath must be officially administered by a qualified Commissioner for Taking Affidavits. Depending on where you are located in the province, Commissioners can be found at one of the locations below. A regular or auxiliary new employee can alternatively take the Oath by attending a Welcome to the Public Service session. Unless otherwise noted, employees and their supervisors are responsible for submitting the completed form via AskMyHR so it can be placed in the employee’s personnel file. To do that, select "Submit a Service Request", then "Supervising & Leading People" and "Access to Personnel Files".
If you are a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits administering the Oath of Employment and have any questions or would like some tips on how to make the moment memorable, get in the touch with the Oath of Employment Program Lead Drew Thomson at the BC Public Service Agency.
Attend one of the monthly Oath of Employment ceremonies that take place at the BC Public Service Agency Learning Centre, 716 Courtney St. in the Discovery Island Training Room. Doors open at 8:30 am. These formal ceremonies start promptly at 9 and wrap up by 9:45. Please arrive before 9 am. Late arrivals are disruptive. Pre-registration is not required. (For the Victoria ceremonies only, the completed forms are forwarded to AskMyHR by an attending Commissioner for Taking Affidavits.)
If you have groups of over 10 new employees taking their Oath at one time, please contact AskMyHR in advance.
- Friday, October 6, 2017
- Friday, November 3, 2017
- Friday, December 1, 2017
There are several locations in the Lower Mainland where Commissioners for Taking Affidavits are available to administer the Oath of Employment.
- Abbotsford Courthouse, 32203 South Fraser Way. Call ahead: 604 855-3200
- New Westminster Law Courts - Begbie Square, 651 Carnarvon St. Call ahead: 604 660-8521
- Surrey Law Courts, 14340 57 Ave. Call ahead: 604 572-2250
- Vancouver Law Courts, 800 Smithe St. No appointment necessary. Go to the Administration Counter anytime between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday to Friday
Other B.C. Regions
If you work outside of Victoria and the Lower Mainland, you can visit any Service BC office to take your Oath and/or you can attend a Welcome Session if one is coming to your area.
Welcome to the BC Public Service Sessions
New employees may also take their Oath of Employment at a Welcome to the Public Service event, where they can also
- Get the big picture and learn how government structures impact our work
- Learn what it means to work on behalf of the citizens of British Columbia
- Be introduced to the benefits package, the general performance management model and supports related to career development
- Explore the Standards of Conduct and how they apply to everyday work (and even if you have already done your Oath, this is a memorable, more formal event), and
- Network with other new employees and meet senior public service executives
If you are ineligible or unable to attend a Welcome to the Public Service session within 90 days of starting your position, you can take your Oath at a number of other locations (as shown above under Where).
Even if you have already completed the Oath of Employment, you will benefit from attending a Welcome Session.