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Mentorship for Indigenous candidates in the officer trainee selection process

First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people face a number of barriers when trying to meet essential qualifications and conditions of employment. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is developing and using tools, including the Indigenous Candidate Mentorship initiative, to improve the recruitment experience for Indigenous people and support their success in becoming a border services officer (BSO) on Canada's frontline.

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About the mentorship

The Indigenous Candidate Mentorship was launched in . It is designed to connect self-declared Indigenous candidates with Indigenous mentors who can offer personalized support and guidance throughout the CBSA Officer Trainee: Developmental Program selection process, ultimately improving their assessment and hiring experience.

Participation is voluntary. Mentors and mentees connect via email and telephone to share experiences, ask questions, and exchange information. They develop a lasting relationship from the application process through the post-recruitment training and development phase at the CBSA College in Rigaud, Quebec.


Candidates participating in the Indigenous Candidate Mentorship initiative are more successful throughout the various assessment steps and are more engaged in the selection process because they have the opportunity to:

What to expect

As a mentee, you will:

How to register

Are you currently a candidate in the CBSA Officer Trainee: Developmental Program and interested in joining the Indigenous Candidate Mentorship initiative? Follow the steps below to register:

Not a candidate yet but interested in taking the next step to a career on Canada's frontline? Self-declared Indigenous people can apply to become a BSO at any time via a non-advertised process. To be connected with a recruiter to find out more and to apply, submit the BSO Indigenous recruitment form.

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