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Security and suitability requirements

Beyond hiring for competencies and skills, there are other important factors we look at, given the sensitive nature of our work. The security and suitability of our employees is paramount. Therefore, all employees complete a rigorous security screening process. Obtaining and maintaining a Top Secret security clearance is a condition of employment.

Security eligibility

The entry-level security clearance for all positions is Secret. However, to be considered for employment, candidates must be eligible for a Top Secret security clearance as per FINTRAC’s specific standards. To be eligible for a Top Secret clearance, you must:

Suitability criteria

Suitability is a validation of whether your personal character or conduct is consistent with the values and acceptable behaviours that enable us to meet our mandate and business priorities. Suitability criteria include, but are not limited to, factors such as demonstrated behaviours consistent with:

If you have a criminal record or a past bankruptcy, you may still apply. However, the details and circumstances of your situation will be evaluated during the security screening process and may impact the outcome of your application.

Security screening process

Our security and suitability requirements are high, although necessary, as protecting the interests of Canada and Canadians is essential to who we are and what we do. Candidates must complete the security clearance application forms, which may be provided at any stage of the selection process. Our security screening process includes:

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