The CNSC Alumni Program Questions and Answers

  1. Who is eligible for the Alumni Program?

    Any former employee of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) who is currently retired is eligible for consideration.

  2. How do I apply to the Alumni Program?

    By visiting the careers page on the CNSC website:

    1. 1. Click the blue “Job Opportunities” box on the right hand side,
    2. 2. Click “Alumni Program”,
    3. 3. Scroll to the bottom of the poster,
    4. 4. Confirm that you agree to the disclaimer,
    5. 5. Click “Apply for this job”
    6. 6. Answer the questions
    7. 7. Click “Apply for this job”
    8. 8. If you are a new user of this system, enter your e-mail address under “New Applicant” Click “Create profile”, follow the instructions.
    9. 9. If you have previously created a profile click, click “Returning User”, enter your e-mail address and password or click “Forgot your Password” and the system will send you a new password. 
    10. 10. Attach or upload CV.
    11. 11. Click “Save & Continue”.
    12. 12. Complete the following questions as indicated on the application, and click “Save and Continue” at the bottom of the page once all required sections are complete.

  3. This will allow you to express your interest, register your qualifications, and keep your contact information and experience up to date. This inventory will be used to identify candidates for consideration should opportunities arise.

  4. What is employment on an “as-required” basis?

    Employees hired on an “as-required” basis do not have regular scheduled days of work. The hiring manager and the employee discuss expectations around days of work and the employee is paid in arrears for the hours worked on a bi-weekly basis (i.e., after the period is over). Employees are required to submit a timesheet of hours worked to initiate their payment.

  5. How is a retiree hired under the Alumni Program?

    Once managers express interest in hiring from the Alumni Program, referrals from the inventory are made by their Human Resources advisor. Appointments are an on as-required basis, usually not longer than six months less a day. (Employment beyond six months may have an impact on the retiree’s pension and benefits.) Hours are determined based on operational needs.

  6. Could I work as a consultant or contractor instead of as a term employee?

    Yes. If you are interested in such an arrangement after retirement, you should also register in the inventory. Managers who identify a need for contract services will work through the Accounting, Controls and Contract Management Division (ACCMD) at the CNSC for information. The alumni inventory is used for both employment and contract situations.

    There are rules and regulations which govern the hiring of consultants, and special provisions which relate to former public servants being hired as consultants, especially within their first year of retirement. Complete details are available through ACCMD.

  7. Will my pension be affected if I return to work as an employee after retirement?

    If you are employed on a continuous basis for six months or more, you become a “contributor” to the pension plan. This means that if you retire and are entitled to an annuity or annual allowance, this entitlement will cease until you are no longer employed. In addition, your pension indexation and employee benefits may also be affected. Therefore, it is very important that specific advice and information be obtained from your compensation advisor as to your pension implications before accepting employment once you have retired. As a general rule, your pension will not be affected in the following situations: if you work for less than six months, or less than 12 hours per week or on an “as- required” basis (“as-required” means that the employee does not have hours of work officially assigned and established in advance).

  8. What type of selection process will be used for the Alumni Program?

    Given the objectives of the program, specifically those related to knowledge and/or skills transfer, hiring managers can request a particular individual be referred from the inventory. For employment situations, a “fast-track” hiring process is in place, allowing quick and easy access to resources. Director-general approval will be required for all alumni hiring through this program. For contract situations, the normal contracting rules and regulations apply.

  9. What type of work is possible as part of the Alumni Program?

    There is no restriction on the type of work possible; however, managers are required to ensure that the objectives of the program are respected. An alumnus may be hired to assist with knowledge or skills transfer, a special project or program development, or to address shortage areas or assist in periods of peak or increased workloads.

  10. As an alumnus, is it possible to work for more than one period of employment?

    Yes, under certain circumstances, it is possible for you to have more than one period of employment under this program, remembering that continuous employment over six months will likely have an impact on your pension and benefits. For that reason, alumni are hired on an “as-required” basis. Given that the main objective of the Alumni Program is knowledge transfer, longer-term employment opportunities are not expected to occur.

  11. Do I have to maintain my security clearance to be eligible for the program?

    If you are a current CNSC employee who has decided to retire and would like to be considered as part of the Alumni Program, you should advise the personnel security officer and request that your security clearance remain active. The required administrative actions can then be taken.

    However, if you are a former CNSC employee who is retired and want to apply to the Alumni Program, you need to contact the Personnel Security Officer so that the required administrative actions can then be taken to have your security clearance updated.

  12. How will salary be determined under the Alumni Program?

    Given the nature of the program, it is likely that the duties you will be performing will be similar to what you were doing prior to retirement. Generally, you will be hired at the same classification you held prior to retirement. Those who return as contractors will negotiate the terms of their contract through the Accounting, Controls and Contract Management Division and be subject to contracting rules and regulations.

  13. Will I be eligible for performance pay or a pay increase while working as an alumnus?

    No. Given the expected short-term nature of the employment, salary increases through movement within the salary range will not occur and you will not be eligible for performance pay. You would be eligible for any adjustments to the pay scales for the classification of the position occupied (e.g., as a result of collective bargaining).

  14. As an Alumnus, what benefits would I be entitled to?

    Those hired under the Alumni Program are hired on an “as-required” basis and are therefore not entitled to benefits; however a four percent vacation leave is paid upon departure.

    Those returning as contractors are not employees and therefore do not receive benefits.

  15. Are there any special restrictions for management-level employees who may be participating in the program?

    No, all public servants or former public servants are subject to the same post-employment measures. These measures generally apply in situations where former employees become re-engaged with the public service as contractors with the public service rather than as employees. The Accounting, Controls and Contract Management Division can provide information and answer questions about the CNSC’s guidelines for post-employment.

  16. Can former employees who are not retired participate in the Alumni Program?

    No, this program is intended for retirees only. Former employees who are not retired, but who may be interested in re-employment with the CNSC should apply for inclusion in the general inventory, or for specific positions which may be of interest.