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Student border services officer

From: Canada Border Services Agency

Student border services officers (SBSOs) work alongside border services officers (BSOs) in rewarding, dynamic and motivating environments where they have the opportunity to make a difference helping to ensure the safety and prosperity of Canada.

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When to apply

The summer Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) student border services officer job posting launched .

We will be processing applications as received so hiring managers can request applicants immediately. Due to the comprehensive hiring process and job security requirements needed for the position, we encourage applicants to apply early.

Work locations

SBSOs work at international airports, mail processing centres, cruise ship operations and telephone reporting centres in cities across Canada. They do not carry a duty firearm.

Employment timeframe

Most opportunities are full-time from May to September 2023. Continued part-time employment may be possible in fall 2023 and winter 2024.

Hourly rates of pay

SBSOs are paid $16.00 to $34.59 per hour, depending on their current level of study. See Rates of pay for post-secondary school students.


To be considered for an SBSO position, you must:

Employment equity

The CBSA strives to be representative of the population it serves in all its diversity and is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment. Therefore, candidates from under-represented employment equity groups will be considered ahead of others in the selection process. For more information on employment equity in the federal government, please visit Employment equity –

Please declare in your application if you identify with one or more of these groups, to ensure your application is prioritized:

Preference may be given to:

Consult the Directive on Student Employment for more information on the Government of Canada's requirements for student employment.

You must also be willing to:

After applying

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


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

Control and Defensive Tactics training

Successful completion of the Control and Defensive Tactics training may be required to receive an offer of employment. This two-week training is physically demanding and teaches the use of force and the basics of defense and control tactics. To ensure full participation, candidates must be in excellent physical condition to meet the demands of training which safeguards against training injuries.

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