Member, Independent Advisory Board on Eligibility for Journalism Tax Measures

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National Revenue
Position title:
Per diem:
$275.00 - $325.00
Across Canada
Application Review Date:
November 30, 2023
Opportunity number:

The Independent Advisory Board on Eligibility for Journalism Tax Measures (Advisory Board) is an independent body whose mandate is to:

  • provide an independent assessment and non-binding recommendation to the Minister of National Revenue as to whether an organization that applies for the designation referred to in paragraph (b) of the definition of qualified Canadian journalism organization in subsection 248(1) of the Income Tax Act satisfies the conditions set out in subparagraphs (a)(v), (vi) and (vii) of that definition; and

  • provide advice on any other matter relating to any journalism tax measure that the Minister of National Revenue refers to the Advisory Board.

Members must sit in panels of three or more to review case files, presided over by a member selected by the Chairperson, to assess whether organizations meet certain criteria required to be designated as a qualified Canadian journalism organization (QCJO). Members prepare and participate in briefings and meetings and work to achieve consensus to provide independent advice and written recommendations to the Minister of National Revenue. Members also develop the annual report to the Minister.

Diversity and Official Languages

We are committed to providing a healthy and accessible workplace that supports one’s dignity, self-esteem and the ability to work on one’s full potential. With this in mind, all appointees will be expected to take steps to promote and maintain a healthy, respectful, inclusive and harassment-free work environment.

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.

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.

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, and/or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training, and/or experience;

  • Experience in the Canadian journalism industry, including community and daily newspapers, broadcasting, digital, academia, and/or management; and

  • Experience providing comprehensive advice and diverse perspectives on Canadian journalism.

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 Canadian journalism industry, including broad knowledge of journalism in print and/or digital formats;

  • Knowledge of widely accepted journalistic processes and principles;

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;

  • Ability to provide guidance and explanations of concepts as they are understood by the industry;

  • Ability to render fair, equitable, and timely decisions and recommendations;

  • Ability to analyze, interpret and apply relevant regulations, policies and other documents in a decision-making environment;

  • Ability to write clear and concise analyses and recommendations;

  • Ability to exercise independent and sound judgement while working alone or as part of a panel;

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a group representing diverse experiences, expertise, and opinions; and

  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with stakeholders.

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:

  • High ethical standards and integrity

  • Sound judgement and confidentiality

  • Diplomacy, tact, and discretion

  • Collegiality

  • Leadership and organization

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 Conflict 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.

  • If you are appointed to this position, you must be available for 5-10 hours per week for business conducted virtually, with occasional travel to the National Capital Region, if required.

  • If you are appointed to this position, you must declare to the Chairperson, any direct or indirect personal interest or professional or business relationship in relation to an organization that the member knows has applied to be designated as a qualified Canadian journalism organization, including any gift or other advantage received from the organization. (statutory)

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 (more information available here) will begin on November 30, 2023. 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 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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