Getting a Security Clearance

Security clearances are required primarily for jobs in Ottawa.

A Security Clearance is an extensive background check that enables you to work in positions in the Federal Government which may require access to secure information. Security Clearances are done by Public Works and Government Services Canada.

There are 5 levels of Security Clearances: Reliability, Confidential, Secret, Nato Secret and Top Secret. This process usually involves reference inquiries, verification of qualifications, criminal records checks, and occasionally credit checks. The current processing time is generally 2 to 4 weeks; however, sometimes an out-of-country check or fingerprints are required and this can result in a longer processing time.

For more information on Security Clearances, please visit the Government of Canada’s site.