Member, Military Police Complaints Commission

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National Defence
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Per diem:
$570.00 - $670.00
Ottawa, Ontario
Application Review Date:
November 26, 2020
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The Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada (MPCC) is a federal quasi-judicial body, established by the Parliament of Canada under the National Defence Act. Independent from the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, it was created to review and investigate complaints concerning the Military Police with objectivity and fairness.

Members of the MPCC are responsible for reviewing and investigating complaints about the conduct of Military Police members in the performance of their policing duties or functions, and complaints by Military Police members about improper interference in their investigations, and for preparing reports with findings and recommendations in respect of such complaints. Members may also be designated by the Chairperson to conduct public hearings into complaints, either individually or as part of a panel. Members may also be assigned other duties related to the functioning of the MPCC, by the Chairperson, including participation in the MPCC’s outreach program, and acting for the Chairperson during absences.

Part-time Commission Members work on an as-needed basis in fulfilling two main activities; namely, acting as decision maker on complaint files delegated by the Chairperson and conducting outreach presentations. Typically, a part-time Member works approximately 2-5 days a month depending on the number of files assigned. This can increase if the Part-time Member is presiding over a public interest hearing.

Position Location: MPCC offices are located in the National Capital Region; however, Members appointed on a part-time basis may telework to some extent from other locales provided suitable arrangements for the handling of sensitive information can be made. A certain amount of travel to the National Capital Region and to other locations in Canada will nevertheless be required.

Diversity and Official Languages

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.

To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience

  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study, or a combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;

  • Experience in conducting complex analysis;

  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: policing, police governance, police oversight, law of policing, criminal law or administrative law;

  • Experience in conducting or overseeing investigations or studies and preparing written reports;

  • Experience in the interpretation and application of legislation, regulations and directives; and

  • Experience with administrative or quasi-judicial investigations or hearings would be an asset.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the application of criminal law;

  • Knowledge of police ethics and civilian oversight of police forces;

  • Knowledge of procedures and principles applicable to the conduct of administrative investigations and quasi-judicial hearings;

  • Ability to analyze contradictory information and evidence from various sources;

  • Ability to interpret relevant statutes, regulations and policies, and analyze complex situations in order to make equitable and timely decisions and recommendations; and

  • Ability to write complex quasi-judicial reports.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to confirm that you meet the above selection criteria and that you possess the following Personal Attributes:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Impartiality

  • Excellent judgement and decision-making skills

  • Excellent communications skills

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

  • Appointees must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout their appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website under the Forms and reference material.

  • All appointees are subject to the Conflicts of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must also submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's website.

  • Appointees must uphold the highest standards of probity and are expected to demonstrate behaviours in the workplace that afford respect, equality and dignity, to everyone they interact with at work at all times. The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector outlines the values and expected behaviours for public servants, including valuing diversity and creating workplaces free from harassment and discrimination. Governor in Council appointees are expected to uphold and respect these values and principles in a positive and active manner.

  • Flexibility and availability to provide services when required.

  • Canadian Armed Forces members and employees of the Department of National Defence are not eligible for this position.

  • If you are appointed to this position, you must be willing to travel across Canada.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment.

A list of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin on November 26, 2020. Candidates should apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Instructions on how to apply for an appointment opportunity can be found on the Governor in Council Appointments website.

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