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CFMWS Information

  • How many employees does CFMWS have?
    CFMWS has over 4,000 employees.
  • Where is CFMWS located?
    CFMWS headquarters is located at 4210 Labelle Street, Ottawa, Ontario. Our employees are also on every Base, Wing, and Unit across Canada, as well as locations in the United States and Europe.
  • Is CFMWS part of the Government of Canada?
    CFMWS is a separate agency of the Defence team. Working on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff and under the authority of the Defence Minister, CFMWS is a trusted partner in the Defence enterprise, operating under the Non-Public Property framework, expending Public and Non-Public funds in a unique operating model that creates real value for the CAF Community.
  • Is CFMWS part of the Public Service?
    CFMWS is a separate employer and recognized as The Staff of Non Public Funds, Canadian Forces, a separate employer under Schedule V of the Financial Administration Act of the Government of Canada. Its employees are public servants but not part of the core public administration. We are not employees of Treasury Board, nor are we employees of the Department of National Defence.

Application Process

Security Screening

  • Is a Reliability Screening required to work at CFMWS?
    Yes, a Reliability status is the minimum security screening level required for ALL positions at CFMWS. 

    Individuals that will be in a position of trust or authority of vulnerable persons will also require a Vulnerable Sector Check. 

    Positions that deal with money will require a credit check at the employee’s own cost. 

    Other positions may require a higher-level security clearance.
  • At what stage of the selection process will the security screening be completed?
    Only the successful candidate will be asked to complete the security clearance.
  • What is the process to get a Reliability status?
    Once the successful candidate has accepted the letter of offer, a member of our Center of Reliability team will send the candidate an encrypted email with the information required to complete the security screening process. 

    The new hire will complete the form and provide the information back to the Center of Reliability. 
  • What documents will the new hire be asked to provide?
    A Reliability status requires a 5-year background check verifying the applicant’s identify, education and professional credentials. A candidate will be asked to provide: 

    A Reliability status requires a 5-year background check verifying the applicant’s identity, education and professional credentials. A candidate will be asked to provide: 
    1) (2) pieces of ID from the Foundational List OR
    (1) piece of ID from the Foundational list and (1) piece from the Supporting ID list:

    Foundational ID:
    •    Provincial or Territorial Birth Certificate
    •    Canadian Citizenship Certificate (Both sides)
    •    Canadian Citizenship Card (Both sides - Issued prior to 2012)
    •    Certificate of Registration of Birth Abroad (previously issued)
    •    Record of Landing Document (if you recently arrived in Canada)
    •    Permanent Resident Card (Both sides)
    Supporting ID: Must be photo identification
    •    Canadian Passport (Both pages. Ensure your passport is signed)
    •    Provincial or Territorial Driver’s License,
    •    Provincial or Territorial Healthcare card (BC and QC),
    •    Provincial or Territorial Identification card (exception QC)
    •    Nexus Card
    •    Firearm License
    •    Certificate of Indian status

    2) Proof of current address and list of physical addresses for the past 5 years.  An address can be proved through a T4, Record of Employment, Lease agreement, Utility (power, water, phone) statement, dental claim, prescription, massage/medical claim or insurance renewal.

    3) Proof of qualifications (highest level only required) such as high school diploma, college/university degree, current CPR/First Aid and related certifications. 

    4) Personal reference (as character reference) that has known you for at least five years. This includes the name, phone number, and how you know the individual.

    5) Resume and professional references for all employers for the past five years. This includes name and phone numbers for all previous employers for the past five years. Preferably direct supervisors.
  • Is there a cost to processing the security screening?
    CFMWS does not charge a fee for processing security screening, however, any costs related to obtaining documentation is at the applicant’s expense. Expenses an applicant may incur could include: cost to obtain official documents, such as fingerprints, a new copy of the provincial birth certificate, a new copy of citizenship, a new/renewal permanent resident card, a renewal of the driver’s license, a provincial identification card or a police clearance certificate from a foreign country, cost of the Vulnerable Sector Check if required for their position, and cost for obtaining any other document required as proof (i.e. copy of transcript).
  • How long will it take for me to hear if my Reliability status is approved?
    Once all documents are submitted correctly, we typically know the outcome within 14 days, however in some cases the process may take longer.
  • I have recently completed a Criminal Record Check. Do I have to complete another one with this security screening?
    Yes, it is part of the security screening process, and the criminal record check is only one component of the Reliability screening. There will be no direct cost to you for this screening.
  • What if my security screening does not get approved?
    All employees are required to have a valid Reliability status; it is a condition of employment. Should it not be approved, this could result in your employment offer being retracted, or employment being terminated for failing to meet this condition of employment.   
  • Am I able to start work before my Reliability status is approved?
    This will be dependent on the position and determined by the individual hiring manager. It is a discussion that will take place during the employment offer.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Why am I asked to self-identify as one or more designated groups (woman, visible minority, person with a disability, indigenous person) during the application process?
    CFMWS complies with the Employment Equity Act and is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce that is representative of the available labour market. By self-identifying during the application process, you help us ensure our outreach efforts are reaching all Canadians.   
  • What is CFMWS doing to promote diversity, equity and inclusion?
    CFMWS is proud to have diversity Champions for Women, Persons with Disabilities, Indigenous People, Visible Minorities, LGBTQ2+, Wellness and Official Languages. Through these Champions, and the networks they have built, we celebrate important days and milestones. This past year we celebrated our inclusiveness by hosting online events so our employees were able to share their thoughts and have meaningful discussion on diversity and inclusion. We have also created a D&I learning series to educate employees on what Diversity and Inclusion means at CFMWS.  We continue to develop initiatives by collaborating with other organizations such as Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Why is diversity and inclusion a priority for CFMWS?
    We believe that diversity and inclusion is not just about doing the right thing, but is also about building a stronger organization and providing excellent service to military members and their families. For this to occur, our employees need to bring their full selves to work, to grow, thrive and achieve. As such, we provide a respectful and healthy workplace that values an inclusive work environment and is free from discrimination. 

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