Oath of Employment regulation

Last updated: September 21, 2020

All BC Public Service employees covered by the Public Service Act, including co-ops, interns, and auxiliary employees, are required to take the Oath of Employment.

The Oath reinforces the significance and special trust placed in public service employees by the citizens of British Columbia and highlights the importance of honesty, integrity, and impartiality in all that we do as members of the BC Public Service.

Supervisors must make sure that all of their employees attend a session to take the Oath of Employment within the first 90 days of their job.

To learn more about taking the Oath, and to learn about the oaths for political staff and employees of an office of the Legislature, review the Oath of Employment page on Careers & MyHR.

By taking the Oath, you promise the following:

As a member of the British Columbia Public Service, I do solemnly swear/affirm that I will:
1. Loyally serve the people of British Columbia through their democratically elected government,
2. Honour and faithfully abide by the Standards of Conduct for Public Service Employees, and
3. To the best of my ability,
  a. Act with integrity, putting the interests of the public and the public service above my own personal interest and avoiding all conflicts of interest, whether real or perceived,
  b. Safeguard confidential information, not divulging it unless I am either authorized to do so or required to do so by law,
  c. Base my advice, recommendations and decisions on the objective evidence that is available to me,
  d. Serve the government impartially, and
  e. Conduct myself honestly and ethically, in a manner that maintains and enhances the public's trust and confidence in the public service and does not bring it into disrepute.

Oath of Employment PDF 

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