The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is an administrative tribunal, established under the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, which regulates and supervises Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications in the public interest, as well as enhances the privacy and safety of Canadians. In addition, the Commission has responsibilities under Canada’s anti-spam legislation, which addresses the sending of commercial electronic messages (for example, spam), among other things. The Commission’s role is thus to maintain a delicate balance in the public interest between the cultural, social and economic goals of its governing legislation on broadcasting and telecommunications. There is also a further expanded mandate in the digital sphere presently under consideration in Parliament. This is an exciting time of change as the regulator evolves with the ever-changing needs of consumers, creators and technology. The Commission is accountable for its activities to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage.
With the exception of decision-making responsibilities, Members report to the Chairperson. Duties include: participating in processes to establish rules, policies, and guidelines for licences and carriers; participating in public hearings and consultations; developing regulations; and participating in making Commission decisions.
We are committed to providing a healthy and accessible workplace that supports one’s dignity, self-esteem and the ability to achieve one’s full potential. With this in mind, all appointees will be expected to take steps to promote and maintain a healthy, respectful, inclusive and harassment-free work environment.
To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements:
Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.
The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language.
If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:
- A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;
- Experience in providing advice on complex and sensitive issues, preferably at a senior level;
- Experience in developing, maintaining, and managing successful stakeholder relationships and partnerships within and outside an organization;
- Experience as a member or legal counsel within an administrative tribunal or experience appearing before an administrative tribunal would be considered an asset;
- Experience formulating regulatory policy would be considered an asset;
- Experience in a regulatory industry, such as insurance, energy, banking, or transportation would be considered an asset; and
- Experience in the broadcasting, telecommunications, or digital media industries or the cultural sector would be considered an asset.
- Knowledge of the mandate, mission and activities of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, as well as the legislative framework within which it operates;
- Knowledge of the regulatory and technological environments in which the broadcasting, telecommunications, and digital media sectors operate in Canada and abroad;
- Knowledge of international, social, and economic trends; the evolution in the consumption of information and entertainment by diverse audiences; technological evolution related to digital media; the supporting environment of national creative content; the role of government in the formulation of public policies; and how these relate to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s legislative mandate;
- Knowledge of the practices and procedures involved in conducting a public hearing, and the legal principles involved, particularly as they relate to evidence, legal interpretation, procedural fairness and natural justice would be considered an asset;
- Knowledge of broad issues related to media convergence would be considered an asset;
- Ability to interpret the provisions of various statutes, regulations, policies, and other documents;
- Ability to render fair, equitable, and timely decisions and recommendations, while anticipating their short- and long-term consequences, in a rapidly evolving environment;
- Ability to conduct fair and efficient public hearings and consultations;
- Ability to develop respectful and effective working relationships, and contribute to building consensus; and
- Ability to communicate effectively, in writing and orally, and the ability to represent the Commission, when required, with a wide range of stakeholders.
Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.
If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to confirm that you meet the above selection criteria and that you possess the following Personal Attributes:
- High ethical standards, integrity, and impartiality
- Tact and diplomacy
- Sound judgement
- Superior interpersonal skills
- Appointees must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout their appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website, under Forms and reference material.
- All appointees will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must also submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's website.
- Appointees must uphold the highest standards of probity and are expected to demonstrate behaviors in the workplace that afford respect, equality and dignity, to everyone they interact with at work at all times. The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector outlines the values and expected behaviors for public servants, including valuing diversity and creating workplaces free from harassment and discrimination. Governor in Council appointees are expected to uphold and respect these values and principles in a positive and active manner.
A person is not eligible to be appointed as a member of the Commission if the person is not a Canadian citizen ordinarily resident in Canada or if directly or indirectly, as owner, shareholder, director, officer, partner or otherwise, the person: a) is engaged in a telecommunications undertaking; or b) has any pecuniary or proprietary interest in: i) a telecommunications undertaking; or ii) the manufacture or distribution of telecommunication apparatus, except where the distribution is incidental to the general merchandising of goods by wholesale or retail. Should a person have such an interest in a telecommunications undertaking, they must absolutely dispose of their interest within three months of appointment (statutory).
Members must devote the whole of their time to the performance of their duties (statutory).
Members must reside in or be willing to relocate to the region of appointment, or to a location within reasonable commuting distance of the specified area of employment.
Members must be willing to travel across Canada, as required.
A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.
A list of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.
Review of applications (more information here) will begin on April 3, 2023. Candidates should apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.
Instructions on how to apply for an appointment opportunity can be found on the Governor in Council Appointments website.