Policy Advisor on Construction Codes

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups: women, Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.

* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities.


Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Construction 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: This is a Continuing position, as well as anticipatory staffing for various tenures

Language Requirements: Bilingual, and Anticipatory staffing for various linguistic profiles

Your Challenge

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success. 

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest research and technology organization.

We are looking for Policy Advisors to support our Construction Research Centre. The Policy Advisors would be those who share our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

Successful candidates will work in the directorate for Codes Canada, a group that is responsible for supporting Canada’s Construction Code Development system. The development system is governed by an intergovernmental federal-provincial-territorial partnership. The team manages relationships with other federal departments, provincial and territorial governments and industry, standards, and other organizations within the construction sector. 

Policy Advisors on Construction Codes will support the deputy-minister-level Canadian Table for Harmonized Construction Codes Policy, the Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes and the Advisory Council for Harmonized Construction Codes. Policy Advisors will support these groups in the development of policy considerations and advice on topics related to building design, construction and operation. 

The code development system is increasingly being called upon to address climate change and accessibility. Codes Canada is in need of experienced policy advisors with technical backgrounds who are strong consensus-builders and who can: 

  • support executive-level code system committees with high quality briefing materials 
  • work directly and liaise with technical content experts
  • develop and present strategic and regulatory policy options 
  • work collaboratively with provincial and territorial colleagues 
  • maintain strong relationships with industry organizations, and
  • contribute to multi-jurisdictional, multi-stakeholder, and multidisciplinary initiatives in support of the development of guidelines and codes including initiatives involving NRC research.  

Successful candidates will develop and maintain an understanding of building construction, regulation, and economics involved in the application of technology to design and construction. Construction Codes are the interface between policy, regulation, and research. 

For interested candidates, the Construction Research Centre offers unique career opportunities ranging from research, to regulation, construction technology evaluation, multidisciplinary program management, and policy development on national priorities related to the construction sector.

Screening Criteria

Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the education and experience factors listed on the poster. It is recommended that candidates use the education/experience criteria as a header and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating how they meet them by providing concrete examples. 

Failure to provide an appropriate cover letter will result in the rejection of your application. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information

Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:


Bachelor's degree in engineering, architecture, political science, or building science. Candidates who possess a degree in another field with relevant experience may also be considered.

For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency



  • Significant experience managing complex policy files involving technical subject areas.
  • Significant experience in providing strategic advice and recommendations to senior management on complex policy issues through briefing notes, reports, presentations and briefings.
  • Experience supporting senior-level interdepartmental and/or intergovernmental committees, working groups and forums to build relationships and promote collaboration across government departments and with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience in the use of building codes or standards would be an asset.
  • Experience working in the federal or provincial public service on regulatory policy for the construction sector would be an asset.
  • Experience in program management including initiatives coordinating research projects and the integration of their outputs into guidelines, standards or codes would be an asset.  

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Assessment Criteria

Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical Competencies


  • Skills in and knowledge of processes for research, analysis and policy development.
  • Knowledge of the construction industry and its stakeholders, related government policies.
  • Ability to understand, synthesize and communicate technically complex materials, to develop strategic advice and recommendations, targetting the information to senior-level interdepartmental and/or intergovernmental committees.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing for the public service including via written briefing materials, development of key messages and correspondence.
  • Knowledge of construction research and development performed at NRC and its application to the construction industry would be an asset.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Communication (Level 4)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 4)
  • Management services - Networking (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): Management Services


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The intent of this hiring action is to staff this position at the RCO-2-3, which is an early-career level position with a salary range of $82,338 to $136,871

NOTE: Please note that the full RO/RCO salary scale has five levels. Salary determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level.  As such, the initial salary could be within another level of the RO/RCO salary scale (i.e. above or below the intended level for this position).

NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, vacation, sick, and other leave entitlements, disability insurance and pension plans. 

The NRC Advantage

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.
We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.
At the NRC Employee wellness matters. We offer flexible work schedules as well as part-time work to help employees maintain work-life balance. We are one of the few federal organizations that close our offices during the December holiday season.  We offer professional learning and development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and a suite of mentorship, award and recognition programs. Diversity enables creativity and innovation. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and supportive workplace is important to us, and contributes to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process. Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated confidentially. 
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  • Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives. 
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (9477) to:

E-mail: NRC.NRCHiring-EmbaucheCNRC.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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