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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby LobsterCop » Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:08 am

Just trying to get a realistic idea of where people are getting deployed when it comes to small communities. That's the stream I am in, I have passed everything up until the second psych eval, I am just waiting for that to happen.

I saw someone post about their location, a population under 100, 120km away from even a hospital. Is this level of remoteness common? I live in what I would call a small community, under 5000 people, but we at least have the ability to get medical help with out driving 120km

Could anyone from a small community share their story? :)

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Campin16 » Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:10 pm

umar99 wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:01 am
Hey so i wrote my OTEE exam back in Oct of 2018 and passed, i received a packaged containing the following steps but since than i have not received any updates of any sort. Just wondering if there are still people who are out there that applied in October 2018 from GTA and still waiting for receive their interview. Its been nearly six months...Fingers crossed!

Thanks! :)
I'm in the exact same situation as you. I emailed recruitment a few weeks ago asking if everyone that passes the OTEE is guaranteed an interview or if there is a point when you need to reapply? The answer I got was that everyone eventually gets an interview, you just have to be patient....
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OTEE: October 20th 2018
OTEE Results: October 31st (pass 77%)
Interview: June 19th 2019
Interview Results: July 2nd (pass)

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CdnShield » Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:03 pm

Regarding the assignment of work location of new hires....how much does CBSA try to accommodate the recruit's preferred locations?

Do most folks end up being sent to one of the locations they indicated they wanted to work at? Does anyone have experience of being sent somewhere they really did not want to go and how that played out?
Applied - August 2018
OTEE - Sept 2018 (results 6 weeks later)
Interview - Dec 2018 (results 4 days later)
CFSC/CRFSC - Feb 2019
PARE - March 2019
Psych written - April 2019

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Stathakos » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:39 pm

LobsterCop wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:08 am
Just trying to get a realistic idea of where people are getting deployed when it comes to small communities. That's the stream I am in, I have passed everything up until the second psych eval, I am just waiting for that to happen.

I saw someone post about their location, a population under 100, 120km away from even a hospital. Is this level of remoteness common? I live in what I would call a small community, under 5000 people, but we at least have the ability to get medical help with out driving 120km

Could anyone from a small community share their story? :)
I'm from Toronto and got deployed to south Western Manitoba. The community I live in is just under 1000. There is basic necessities in town like a grocery store (co op) and post office, gas etc. And a hospital for minor injuries/doctor check ups..If I want 'normal' city life i have to drive over an hour to Brandon MB or 3 hrs to Winnipeg. It's tough but the officers I work with and the support you have from management knowing you're away from your home makes up for it 10 fold.
The opinions expressed in the above post are the author's own and not of the Government of Canada or of the Canada Border Services Agency & the statements do not reflect any official government position.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Stathakos » Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:42 pm

CdnShield wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 1:03 pm
Regarding the assignment of work location of new hires....how much does CBSA try to accommodate the recruit's preferred locations?

Do most folks end up being sent to one of the locations they indicated they wanted to work at? Does anyone have experience of being sent somewhere they really did not want to go and how that played out?
They'll let you trade spots in Rigaud if both parties are interested. Thats about it for accommodation. Im from Toronto and was supposed to go to Northern B.c. but I traded with a classmate and ended up in SW Manitoba. Youd have to prove the CBSA has a duty to accommodate you with actual legislation that's in place. So far I'm not in my ideal place, but the staff and the working experience has not been bad at all. I'm just 2400km away from where I want to be :mrgreen:
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Cookie Monster » Mon Apr 29, 2019 12:08 am

umar99 wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:01 am
Hey so i wrote my OTEE exam back in Oct of 2018 and passed, i received a packaged containing the following steps but since than i have not received any updates of any sort. Just wondering if there are still people who are out there that applied in October 2018 from GTA and still waiting for receive their interview. Its been nearly six months...Fingers crossed!

Thanks! :)
Hey Umar ! Don’t worry ! I waited 7months before receiving my date for the interview. Where do you come from ?
Septembre 2016 : Entrevue : Failed

Avril 2019 : Entrevue

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Jumb34t » Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:10 pm

Campin16 wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:10 pm
umar99 wrote:
Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:01 am
Hey so i wrote my OTEE exam back in Oct of 2018 and passed, i received a packaged containing the following steps but since than i have not received any updates of any sort. Just wondering if there are still people who are out there that applied in October 2018 from GTA and still waiting for receive their interview. Its been nearly six months...Fingers crossed!

Thanks! :)
I'm in the exact same situation as you. I emailed recruitment a few weeks ago asking if everyone that passes the OTEE is guaranteed an interview or if there is a point when you need to reapply? The answer I got was that everyone eventually gets an interview, you just have to be patient....
Also did my OTEE on October 2018 and I just did my interview last friday. Really just gotta wait for it to come. Good luck :)
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OTEE: Oct 2018 Pass 77.5%
Interview: April 2019 Pass
PARE: Aug 2019 Pass
Psych: TBD

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby cb681 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:57 pm

Stathakos wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 5:42 pm
They'll let you trade spots in Rigaud if both parties are interested. Thats about it for accommodation. Im from Toronto and was supposed to go to Northern B.c. but I traded with a classmate and ended up in SW Manitoba. Youd have to prove the CBSA has a duty to accommodate you with actual legislation that's in place. So far I'm not in my ideal place, but the staff and the working experience has not been bad at all. I'm just 2400km away from where I want to be :mrgreen:
Hey Stathakos, thanks for taking the time to answer some well needed inside knowledge, I was under the impression that letting recruits trade their assigned port was a trial run, is that the norm now? I remember reading this was the case for intake 9.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Stathakos » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:44 pm

cb681 wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:57 pm
Hey Stathakos, thanks for taking the time to answer some well needed inside knowledge, I was under the impression that letting recruits trade their assigned port was a trial run, is that the norm now? I remember reading this was the case for intake 9.
Can’t really comment on how it is now, but I was intake 10C and it definitely was the case. Unless something different has come about I think it should still be doable. In the end even if I had to go to Northern B.C. I would still do it. I signed up for the career of a lifetime not just a port selection
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CdnShield » Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:33 pm

Thanks Stathakos for the reply.....useful info for sure.
Applied - August 2018
OTEE - Sept 2018 (results 6 weeks later)
Interview - Dec 2018 (results 4 days later)
CFSC/CRFSC - Feb 2019
PARE - March 2019
Psych written - April 2019

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby CdnShield » Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:40 pm

Does anyone know if it is possible to defer their Rigaud intake?

I'm only asking hypothetically - I still have some steps before expecting an invite - but let's say you were working somewhere on a contract until March 2020, for example and they invited you to Rigaud for January 2020.....would it be possible to defer intake until after your other contract was complete or do you have to accept the invite or withdraw?
Applied - August 2018
OTEE - Sept 2018 (results 6 weeks later)
Interview - Dec 2018 (results 4 days later)
CFSC/CRFSC - Feb 2019
PARE - March 2019
Psych written - April 2019

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby JoshG » Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:34 am

Does CBSA hep you out if you get posted somewhere there is absolutely no housing available? And a random one for the gym rats who have been posted to small towns, what did you do for the gains? Import weights to your house?
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby melom » Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:05 am

JoshG wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:34 am
Does CBSA hep you out if you get posted somewhere there is absolutely no housing available? And a random one for the gym rats who have been posted to small towns, what did you do for the gains? Import weights to your house?
There is housing on site at some remote locations.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Squadcar » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:40 pm

melom wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:05 am
There is housing on site at some remote locations.
Are they individual houses? Or shared accommodations?
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Squadcar » Thu May 02, 2019 11:56 pm

Does anyone know what the policy is regarding visible tattoos? In my case, I have a visible tattoo on my arm, astronomy related so not exactly inappropriate in any way.


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