NOC 4168 – Program officers unique to government


  • Aboriginal land claims liaison officer
  • attaché
  • board member – government services
  • deputy returning officer
  • diplomat
  • election commission officer
  • elections officer
  • extraparliamentary commission officer
  • federal and intergovernmental affairs research officer – government services
  • federal-provincial relations officer
  • first secretary, foreign service
  • foreign service officer
  • government official
  • health authority board member
  • House of Commons committee officer
  • House of Commons officer
  • intergovernmental affairs officer
  • legislative committee officer
  • liaison officer, Native land claims
  • Native land claims liaison officer
  • officer, election commission
  • officer, federal-provincial relations
  • officer, foreign service
  • officer, House of Commons
  • officer, House of Commons committee
  • officer, intergovernmental affairs
  • officer, labour relations commission
  • officer, legislative committee
  • officer, legislative council
  • officer, office of the Speaker
  • officer, Office of the Speaker of the House of Commons
  • officer, official languages commission
  • officer, Premier’s Office (provincial government)
  • officer, Prime Minister’s Office (federal government)
  • officer, Privy Council Office
  • officer, protocol – government services
  • officer, public inquiries
  • officer, regional committee – government services
  • officer, regional council
  • officer, royal commission
  • officer, Senate committee
  • officer, standing committee
  • officer, standing or select committee
  • officer, task force
  • officer, territorial council
  • officer, tribunal
  • official languages promotion officer
  • parole board member
  • protocol officer
  • refugee board member
  • research officer – federal and intergovernmental affairs
  • returning officer
  • royal commission officer
  • second secretary, foreign service
  • select committee officer
  • Senate committee officer
  • standing committee officer
  • task force officer
  • territorial council officer
  • third secretary, foreign service
  • tribunal chairperson
  • tribunal member
  • tribunal officer
  • tribunal officer – government services

Job Duties

Program officers unique to government perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Advise politicians or diplomats on the social, economic and political effects of government decisions on other governments in Canada or abroad
  • Explain Canadian foreign and domestic policies to governments and nationals of foreign countries, and act on behalf of Canada abroad
  • Collect, monitor and analyze international pressures, issues and communications and brief on intelligence and security matters
  • Plan intergovernmental meetings and conferences with officers of other municipal, provincial or federal governments
  • Co-ordinate the logistics and administration of elections within constituencies and ensure that electoral and voting procedures are followed
  • Co-ordinate administrative support services for legislative committees, royal commissions or tribunals
  • Participate as a member of a board or tribunal
  • Plan logistics and oversee diplomatic protocol of official visits to Canada by foreign politicians and dignitaries.

Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree is usually required.
  • A master’s degree may be required.
  • Several years of experience as a researcher, consultant or program administrator may be required.
  • Foreign service officers are accepted on the basis of competitive examination.


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  • Court officers and justices of the peace (1227)
  • Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts (4162)
  • Employment insurance, immigration, border services and revenue officers (1228)
  • Executive assistants (1222)
  • Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers (4164)

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