Program Officers Unique to Government

(NOC 4168)

Career Description

Program officers unique to government are primarily concerned with the administration and operation of government institutions, such as Parliament, and activities unique to the operations of government, such as international relations, federal-provincial affairs, elections and tribunals.

Duties May Include

  • 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.

Examples of Titles

Elections officer
Federal-provincial relations officer
Foreign service officer
Intergovernmental affairs officer
Office of the Speaker officer
Protocol officer
Returning officer
Royal commission officer
Standing or select committee officer

Where They Work

Program officers unique to government work in various government departments at all levels.

Here are some schools that have programs related to this career:

Ontario Tech University
Oshawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Political Science Bachelor; Honours
Political Science - Advanced Entry Bachelor; Honours
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Toronto Metropolitan University
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Sociology and Politics and Governance Bachelor
Politics and Governance and Criminology Bachelor
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University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Political Science Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Political Science Bachelor; Honours
Political Science Bachelor
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Concordia University
Montreal, Québec, CA

Related Program(s):
Political Science (BA) Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
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Modified on January 26, 2022