Respectable wage, work environment complies with all labour laws, dignity is usually heavily safeguarded, and training as well as room for growth does exist on a permanent employment basis.
Contracts are usually short, 2-6 months, and not often extended. Relocation to other cities not paid for. Periods of unemployment between contracts are to be expected. MUST be fluently bilingual (English/French) in order to have any hope of competing for these few positions, in Ontario. No benefits for contract employees, even though many pay high union fees.
Advice to Management
Create a bridging program that permits contract employees to be bridged in to other Divisions/Departments/Ministries/Agencies upon end of contracts for employees who show potential and good work ethic. Otherwise, an employee learns skills, gains experience in this very particular bureaucratic structure, and then moves on, leaving you and other managers to train new employees and waste precious time, effort, and money in the process...Recycle us like the resources that we are!
I applied online. I interviewed at Statistics Canada.
Online application, initial phone interview, ability test, bilingual test. Fairly straightword, standard governmental scoring process where the interviewer writes things down and scores it and then sends it to head office to be reviewed by a colleague.