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NOTE: During the COVID pandemic, physicians at the Health Products and Food Branch, as with the majority of Federal Public Servants, are working from home. Given the nature of the work, and once the pandemic has resolved, there will be more flexibility in work arrangements, however it is expected that some level of presence at work may still be required.

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.


• Come and explore another facet of medicine at Health Canada!

Working at Health Canada offers physicians a unique opportunity to contribute to the evaluation and the monitoring of the safety, quality and efficacy of health products (including drugs, medical devices, biologic and genetic therapies, and natural health products) in an intellectually stimulating environment, where principles of pharmacology, public health, epidemiology, and clinical aspects among others have to be taken into consideration and integrated into regulatory decision making.

• Why should you consider Health Canada as your next career stepping stone?

As one of the largest employers in the country, Health Canada provides its employees with an exceptional workplace, opportunities for professional development, access to continued learning throughout their careers and flexible work schedules. We have been selected from hundreds of organizations across Canada to receive the award for Top National Capital Region Employer, Top Employer for Young People, as well as Top Diversity Employer for 2019. As a result, you will have the opportunity to work with engaged individuals. You will also enjoy benefits (dental and health care) for you and your family, an appealing pension plan and access to our Family and Employee Assistance Program.

The positions to be staffed from this process are located in the National Capital Region (Ottawa, ON). The *Mercer quality of living survey (2019) ranked Ottawa 19th out of 230 cities for best quality of living in the world. The city has an abundance of parks and waterways for you and your family to explore. In addition to its own greenspaces, Ottawa sits a short 20 minute drive to the Gatineau Park offering biking, golfing, hiking, and skiing. If you like to eat out, Ottawa has everything from the most amazing food trucks to fine dining options prepared by award winning chefs. Should you wish to be entertained, take in an event at the National Art Centre or perhaps one of the many summer music festivals.


The workplace locations can be easily accessed by public transportation and/or recreational trails ideal for cycling or jogging alongside the Ottawa River. In addition to the accessibility, fitness centers can be accessed by Health Canada employees (for a fee).

We look forward to having you join our team where you will be encouraged to share your thoughts and innovative ideas and witness the positive impact your contribution will have to the health of Canadians.


The duties of the positions for Medical evaluators may include but are not limited to:

Using and applying their clinical expertise, knowledge and experience to reviews throughout the human therapeutic product life cycle, prepare authoritative and expert medical/clinical reports on the findings and conclusions of complex reviews and write reports summarizing the assessment and provide recommendations.

Conducting medical evaluation and providing advice for review of submissions and reports from manufacturers requiring medical review/input to determine the acceptability of data with respect to the safety/efficacy and benefit/risk.

Conducting critical reviews and evaluations of human therapeutic product data relating to the benefits and risks of human therapeutic products.

Contributing to the evaluations and revision of Product Monographs/Package Inserts/Patient Information and other official labelling material developed by manufacturers, to provide clinician end-user perspective and to determine their acceptability, in the context of the Canadian health care system.

Performing causality assessment to determine the causal association between a human therapeutic product and an event observed post exposure.

Providing advice on the clinical relevance of information on emerging safety and/or efficacy issues throughout the product life cycle, whether arising from pre-authorisation clinical trials, surveillance databases or registries, pharmacoepidemiology studies or other types of post-market information.

Physician regulatory work involves frequent multidisciplinary interactions by means of meetings with drug companies, meetings with work unit, meetings with review teams, meetings with experts, working group meetings and discussions with foreign regulatory agencies. The work also often involves quick turnaround input on emerging regulatory issues. Therefore, these positions require regular weekly presence in the office and are not compatible with telework.

Interesting opportunities exist for physicians who are interested in taking on management responsibilities related to the supervision of physicians involved in the activities listed above.

Medical Evaluator (MOF-02): $168,717 to $198,157
Medical Manager (MOF-03): $192,630 to $212,134

Intent of the process

We are committed to maintaining a close relationship and timely communication with you throughout the process.

This inventory is intended to staff positions with various tenures and various linguistic profiles as listed in the Language Requirement Section. Consequently, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter in 2,000 words (maximum) “In order for your application to be considered, you must provide a resume with your contact information and a cover letter clearly explaining why you are interested in working for Health Canada AND any relevant experience/skills you possess that makes you the ideal candidate for this job.”

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Graduation with a degree from a recognized school of medicine.

Degree equivalency

A valid license (independent & unrestricted) to practice medicine in a province or territory of Canada.

At least one year experience in independent general practice or specialty area in the Canadian healthcare system.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Various language requirements
Including but not limited to:
– English Essential
– Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB
– Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC

Information on language requirements

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance – Various security clearances

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the targeted groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request special accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

You are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of your choice (English or French). You are asked to indicate your preferred official language in your application.

Should your application be retained, you will be contacted for further assessment. The qualifications you will be assessed against will be communicated to you in advance.

All information pertaining to the process will be sent by email. It is therefore your responsibility to verify your email account for new communication regarding this selection process on a regular basis.

Please consult our Initial Appointees Relocation Program:


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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