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Location: Ottawa, Ontario

If you are interested in employment with the CSEC but didn't see a position that fit your skill set, we encourage you submit your application into our general inventory for future consideration.

About CSEC

The Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) relies on the expertise and knowledge of approximately 2000 employees to help the Government protect information of national interest through leading-edge information technology and to provide cyber security advice and services. CSEC is also mandated to collect foreign signals intelligence as per the Government of Canada's intelligence priorities.  Federal security and law enforcement agencies, in the performance of their own lawful duties, also benefit form CSEC's capabilities.

CSEC is located in the Gloucester area of Ottawa, and easily accessible by public transport (OC Transpo bus). 

Who Can Apply

Canadian citizens who can qualify for a Top Secret security clearance conforming to CSEC’s standards.

Security Requirements

  • Candidates must have no criminal record.
  • This process involves a security interview, a polygraph test, a psychological assessment, and a background investigation covering a minimum of your last 10 years history, including credit and financial verifications.
  • Ongoing substance abuse is a factor to be assessed as part of your screening process.

How To Apply

If you meet these requirements, you may submit your candidacy online by clicking “APPLY” at the bottom of the page.


A written test may be used as a screening tool.

All tests and interviews will take place in Ottawa.  Please note that CSEC will not provide financial assistance to candidates who wish to travel to Ottawa to participate in the selection process.

The entire selection process – tests, interviews, security investigation – may take more than one year.

CSEC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups.  CSEC offers an assessment process which will accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities.  If you may need such accommodation, please advise us.

CSEC implemented cohort hiring in April 2010. Cohort hiring means that new employees start employment on a pre-defined intake date occurring six times per year and, as a group, move through the corporate orientation program before being assigned to their team. 

We thank all those who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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