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As a Student Border Services Officer (SBSO) you will work with Border Services Officers (BSOs) to determine the admissibility of people and goods to Canada.

Work locations

SBSOs work at international airports and mail processing centres in 19 cities across Canada. They do not carry a duty firearm.

  • British Columbia: Richmond, Abbotsford, Vancouver
  • Alberta: Calgary, Edmonton
  • Saskatchewan: Saskatoon, Regina
  • Manitoba: Winnipeg
  • Ontario: Mississauga, Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa
  • Quebec: Québec City, Montréal, Dorval
  • New Brunswick: Fredericton, Moncton
  • Nova Scotia: Halifax
  • Prince Edward Island: Charlottetown
  • Newfoundland: St. John's


Most opportunities are full time from to . Continued part-time employment may be possible in fall and winter .

Hourly rates of pay

SBSOs are paid $15.40 to $33.58 per hour, depending on their current level of study. See Rates of Pay for Post-secondary School Students.


  • full-time student registered at a recognized post-secondary institution (CEGEP, college, university)
  • be returning to full-time studies in the next academic term
  • meet the minimum age requirement to work in the province or territory where the job is located

Preference may be given to students studying in a field related to the job, such as: criminology, law, safety/security studies, psychology, sociology, customs border services or police studies.

You must also be willing to:

  • wear and maintain a uniform as per the CBSA's Uniform Policy and Standard of Appearance
  • work various shifts, including weekends and holidays
  • work overtime (as required)
  • possess a valid driver’s license that allows you to operate a government vehicle (where required)

After applying

If you are considered for employment, we will arrange for you to get:

  • a secret security clearance
  • a transportation security clearance (where required)
  • a medical clearance completed by a physician to confirm your physical ability to perform the duties and training required of an SBSO (where required)
  • training to carry, use and maintain CBSA-issued defensive equipment (where required)


SBSOs receive a combination of classroom and online training, as well as on-the-job coaching and mentoring.

Control and Defensive Tactics (CDT) Training

A large portion of the training that most student border services officers will undergo involves physically demanding use of force training. The duration for this rigorous component of the training will be two full weeks in which student border services officers will learn the basics of defense and control tactics. The skills and techniques learned during this time are very physical and require the student border services officer to be prepared physically. As such, it is critical that student border services officers prepare themselves physically before they arrive at the training centre to ensure their best physical condition and readiness. This will help guard against training injuries and ensure you get the most out of the training. Successful completion of the Control and Defensive Tactics training component may be required prior to obtaining a letter of offer.

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