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RN- Public Health (Community Health Nurse NU-CHN-03)

Welcome to Indigenous Services Canada                                                                                                     SPN: 21-DIS-NCR-EA-391650
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.


Registered Nurse, Public Health


NU-CHN-02, NU-CHN-03 - a base annual salary of $81,513 to $92,653 (plus applicable allowances).

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.
For further information on the organization, please visit 
Indigenous Services Canada
Working as a nurse in a remote or isolated community

About Us

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) works collaboratively with partners to improve access to high quality services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Our vision is to support and empower Indigenous peoples to independently deliver services and address the socio-economic conditions in their communities.

What We Offer

With ISC, your work becomes your inspiration. ISC nurses face a unique set of challenges, meaning every day is a new opportunity to grow personally and professionally. As an ISC nurse, you will immerse yourself in a First Nations community where the relationships you build and the connections you make will last a lifetime. As an integral part of the team, you will carry out a full scope of practice and provide a broad range of services unique to northern nursing with ISC. You will work alongside a talented team of nurses, other health professionals, and community members dedicated to delivering quality care in a culturally safe way.

Come for the experience. Stay for the people. Enjoy the rewards.

Important Messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

Please note that salary and applicable allowances will be prorated based on scheduled work hours and may vary depending on work location.

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


Intent of the process

We are recruiting experienced nurses to fill various positions available in remote and/or isolated First Nations communities in Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta.

A pool of partially or fully qualified candidates may be established to staff similar or identical positions at Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) with various linguistic profiles and/or requirements as well as tenures (acting, assignment/secondment, deployment, term and/or indeterminate) and/or security clearance (reliability or secret), which may vary according to the position being staffed.


Public Health Nurses develop and deliver comprehensive health programs that include promoting, protecting and preserving the health of First Nations peoples on reserve. Health care programs are designed in partnership with community members and leaders to promote environments that support good health.


The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Official Language Proficiency
Occupational Certification
  • Eligibility for registration as a registered nurse in a province or territory of Canada.
Essential Experience
  • Recent* and Significant** experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) in one or more 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
  • Recent* is defined as within the last three years
    Significant** is defined as at least one year of experience with the candidate performing complex activities related to this task
  • 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 below competencies:
    • Demonstrating Integrity and Respect for Diversity
    • Thinking Things Through
    • Working Effectively with Others
    • Showing Initiative and Being Action-Oriented
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability
    • Communication (Oral)
    • Communication (Written)
    • Continuous Learning
Conditions of Employment
  • 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
    • PRE-PLACEMENT: Category 1 health evaluation + COVID-19 self-screening questionnaire
    • 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” 
    • 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 ) 
    • 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 following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

  • 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.
  • Recent* and significant** experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Chronic Disease Management (including Mental Health or Addictions)
    • Maternal Child Health and Early Childhood Development
  • Recent* is defined as within the last three years
    Significant** is defined as at least one year of experience with the candidate performing complex activities related to this task in a wide variety of situations.
  • Indigenous, Metis, and Inuit 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.


Other Information

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.



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


Contact information

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