Intelligence Officer

Canadian Security Intelligence Service

Important Message

This position requires a language requirement of Bilingual Non-Imperative (BBB/BBB). This means that successful candidates who do not meet the language requirement of BBB/BBB may be eligible for language training. Candidates will need to complete language training and meet the language requirements of the job (BBB/BBB) prior to attending the Ottawa-based Intelligence Officer Entry Training.

Candidates will be assessed by the Public Service Commission of Canada to determine their proficiency in French or English (their second official language). Further information regarding language requirements and assessment tools can be found on the Government of Canada’s Public Service Commission’s Website:

Job Summary

Successful candidates must have excellent interpersonal, analytical, and communications skills; they must be resilient and able to easily adapt in a fast-paced environment. CSIS is seeking candidates whose own diverse experiences will allow them to exhibit strong leadership abilities and work collaboratively with various communities. Candidates must be reliable and motivated to work in the field of national security.

Intelligence Officers are at the heart of Canada’s national security apparatus. Successful candidates will undergo extensive training to help them operate successfully within the organization. Intelligence Officers are required to remain discrete while performing their functions and must always be security conscious.

Intelligence Officers are responsible for:

  • Conducting, coordinating and managing investigations – this could be subject matter or country specific;
  • Conducting research, analyzing information and preparing clear and concise reports on matters related to national security;
  • Liaising with partners and developing information networks;
  • Consulting and collaborating with counterparts and stakeholders;
  • Providing sound, objective and professional advice.


  • Completed Undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree

The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.

If you completed a program outside of Canada, you will be required to obtain proof of a Canadian equivalency at your expense through a recognized credential assessment service.



  • An understanding of the CSIS mandate, threats as defined in the CSIS Act and priorities regarding the security of Canada.
  • An awareness of both national and international current events and an understanding of how they relate to the CSIS mandate.


  • Knowledge of a foreign language(s). Candidates with foreign language abilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • International travel.


  • Interpersonal skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Communication (oral and written)
  • Judgement
  • Adaptability

Applicants should clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and in their application how they meet the Education criteria and the five (5) competencies listed above. Examples can include but are not limited to work experience, student placements, paid or unpaid internships, community experience, life experience or travel experience. Applicants should also describe how they meet the specified Experience criteria (assets), if applicable. Please limit your cover letter to a maximum of two (2) pages.

Demonstration of these five (5) competencies will be assessed in the initial review of your resume and cover letter.

Conditions of Employment

  • Training: Intelligence Officers must successfully complete the Ottawa-based Intelligence Officer Entry Training (IOET) program. (approximately 18 weeks)
  • Mobility: Intelligence Officers must be willing and able to relocate within Canada due to a variety of circumstances. Intelligence Officers must also be willing to travel as required by operational and organizational requirements. Assistance and financial support will be provided in line with policy.

Relocation to Ottawa is mandatory for initial training purposes and the subsequent three (3) year development program.

Development Program

Intelligence Officers must complete a three (3) year professional development program based in Ottawa.

To work in a regional investigator role, successful completion of advanced training courses is required. Intelligence Officers can apply for these courses upon completion of the three year development program.


Driver’s License

A driver’s license is not required to apply.

Although a driver’s license is not required for the initial period of Intelligence Officer training, a valid Canadian driver’s license* is a prerequisite for career progression to most Intelligence Officer roles, including that it is required to be eligible for advanced training and deployment as an investigator. Obtaining and maintaining a valid Canadian driver’s license* is the sole responsibility of each Intelligence Officer.

  • A valid Canadian driver’s license is defined as a G Class (Ontario) or minimum of a Class 5 (remainder of Canada). G1, G2, Class 7, Class 6, Learner’s etc. will not be accepted.

Although the training course and first three years of employment will take place at Headquarters in Ottawa, applicants residing outside of the National Capital Region should apply to the region in which they currently reside for processing purposes. Applicants residing in the National Capital Region should apply to Headquarters.

While we continue to explore opportunities for flexible work arrangements, the majority of work in our organization must be done in the office and cannot be performed at home.

The assessment process is conducted in Canada only.

A written exam will be administered to evaluate your written and communication skills. If successful, you will be invited to an interview.

Reference Links

  • Salary Grade Breakdown

Security Requirements

Candidates must be eligible to receive an Enhanced Top Secret security clearance. The process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications. The use of illegal drugs is a criminal offense. Drug use is an important factor considered in your reliability and suitability assessment during the selection process. Therefore it is important not to use any illegal drugs from the time you submit your application.



Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet each Education and Experience criteria. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being screened out of the career opportunity.

CSIS is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). CSIS has its own classification, compensation system, and a different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.

CSIS is committed to building a workforce that is truly representative of the Canadians it serves by cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace environment. This will be achieved by increasing employment equity group representation (including persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, and women) at all levels within the organization through hiring and talent management practices. We will also ensure that appropriate accommodations are made (e.g., specialized equipment, changes to physical workspace) to provide employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. In support of achieving a greater, diverse and skilled workforce, we strongly encourage those individuals who belong to one or more of the employment equity groups to self-identify when applying.

Should you require accommodation in relation to a disability, please tell us at the beginning of the selection process. This information will be kept confidential.

The personal information provided in your application is protected under the Privacy Act and will be held in Personal Information Bank SIS/P-PU-025.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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