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Registered Nurse, Public Health

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First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.
Registered Nurse, Public Health


Public health nurses deliver programs that support the good health of First Nations peoples.


Important Messages

Please note that effective July 15, 2022, our experience requirements have changed. If you have previously applied and wish for your application to be reviewed, please contact nursing-infirmiers@sac-isc.gc.ca



NU-CHN-03: a base annual salary of $80,948 to $92,653 (plus applicable allowances), or  $90,747 to $124,579 (per annum inclusive of applicable allowances)

*NB: Salary and applicable allowances will be prorated based on scheduled work hours and may vary depending on work location.



Acting, Assignment, Deployment, Indeterminate, Secondment, Specified period



If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the hiring process, please use the  link below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential. Click here for accommodation.



Official Language Proficiency
English Essential

Information on Language Requirements

Occupational Certification

Eligibility for registration as a registered nurse in a province or territory of Canada.

Essential Experience

You must be required to have a minimum of one year experience obtained within the last three years as a Registered Nurse (RN) in a combination of the following Public Health areas:

  1. Health Promotion / Disease Prevention
  2. Communicable Disease Control
  3. Population Health Assessment
  4. Emergency Preparedness, Surveillance and Response


  • Demonstrating Integrity and Respect of Diversity
  • Thinking Things Through
  • Working Effectively with Others
  • Showing Initiative and Being Action-Oriented
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability
  • Communication (Oral and Written)
  • Continuous Learning

All information obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidates on the above-noted competencies.



Graduation with a degree in nursing from a recognized post-secondary institution*

*A public or private institution that has been given authority to grant degrees, diplomas, and other credentials by a public or private act of a provincial/territorial legislature or through a government-mandated quality assurance mechanism. For greater certainty, also included are institutions authorized to grant specific academic credentials for specific academic programs.

Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials or Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC).

Asset Experience

A minimum of one year experience obtained within the last three years in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Chronic Disease Management (including Mental Health or Addictions)
  2. Maternal Child Health and Early Childhood Development


First Nations, Inuit, and Metis cultural competency

Organizational Needs

Indigenous Services Canada is committed to having a skilled and diversified workforce representative of the population we serve. In support of our strategy to achieve our employment equity goals, selection may be limited to candidates self-identifying as belonging to one of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal Persons, Women, Visible Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities.



  • Reliability Status Security Clearance
  • Valid driver's license or personal mobility to a degree normally associated with the possession of a driver's license
  • Medical Clearance

i) PRE-PLACEMENT: Category 1 health evaluation + COVID-19 self-screening questionnaire

ii) PERIODIC: Category 3 health evaluation according to the schedule outlined in the Occupational Health Evaluation Standard for “First Nations and Inuit Health Branch Nurses Assigned to Isolated Posts in Northern First Nations Communities”


iii) For persons proposed for relocation to an isolated post/remote location and who have dependents: a valid Category 1 medical clearance for their dependent(s) in accordance with section 4.2 of the Isolated Post and Government Housing Directive and Appendix A of the Occupational Health Evaluation Standard Schedule (http://www.njc-cnm.gc.ca/directive/index.php?hl=1&lang=eng&merge=3&did=4&vid=12&pv=1 ) 

iv) For persons proposed for relocation to an isolated post/remote location and who have dependents: consent to their dependent(s) to undertake a Category 1 periodic health evaluation in accordance with Appendix A of the Occupational Health Evaluation Standard Schedule (https://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/(S(5xos1g45ufdaaz45lxatyqms))/doc-eng.aspx?id=32632&section=html)

  • Willingness and ability to travel in small aircraft, off road vehicles and by boat in varied weather conditions to communities in remote and isolated areas
  • Willingness and ability to work in a rigorous, diverse and often demanding work environment
  • May be required to be temporarily reassigned to other communities as operationally required
  • Willingness and ability to perform on call duties, work after hours, and on weekends as required
  • Willingness and ability to complete mandatory education/training relevant to the position
  • Current valid registration as a Registered Nurse and a member in good standing in the province where the position is located


Important Note: Candidates must meet and maintain the Conditions of Employment throughout their employment.



The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language(s) of their choice.

Candidates may be required to meet the asset qualifications or the organizational needs, depending on the requirements of the specific position being staffed.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans http://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/gc-jobs/canadian-armed-forces-members-veterans.html


Additional Contact Information

Please email the Centre for Nurse Recruitment if you have further questions: nursing-infirmiers@sac-isc.gc.ca  

For more information on nursing careers please visit: Nursing careers (sac-isc.gc.ca)