Eligibility to apply for a position

This page contains information about eligibility criteria for working in the BC Public Service.

Eligibility requirements

Before you apply for a position, you must meet the eligibility requirements. All positions in the BC Public Service require applicants to be at least 16 years old and eligible to work in Canada. 

To be eligible to work in Canada, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada or authorized in writing to work in Canada under the federal Immigration Act. Eligibility to work in Canada is granted through citizenship, permanent resident status, or a work permit.

You must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to accept a permanent job offer (unless stated otherwise in the posting).

If you have a valid temporary work permit, you may be eligible for temporary (auxiliary) work, but only until your work permit expires or is renewed. For information on temporary work permit requirements, visit Immigration and Citizenship Canada.

Other eligibility criteria may be stated in the job posting.

Current BC Public Service employees

  • Employees with in-service status are eligible to apply for internal positions
  • You must be eligible for transfer or demotion as per Article 12.1(e) of the BCGEU Main Agreement (2 year obligation at your current geographic location)
  • You must meet any geographic or other restrictions and requirements

Current auxiliary employees who have worked more than 30 days (210 hours) are in-service applicants and can apply for internal positions. Auxiliary employees must also meet any eligibility requirements.