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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby JoshG » Fri May 10, 2019 10:53 pm

melom wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 5:52 pm
JoshG wrote:
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Any idea how seasonal ports work? If you’re posted at a port that is open May-September, for example, where do you go the remainder of the year?
You won’t get posted to a seasonal port. They get staffed by assignments out of other ports.
Thanks for the info. Can you volunteer for these seasonal port assignments from anywhere in Canada?
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby melom » Sat May 11, 2019 3:38 pm

JoshG wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 10:53 pm
melom wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 5:52 pm
JoshG wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 12:19 pm
Any idea how seasonal ports work? If you’re posted at a port that is open May-September, for example, where do you go the remainder of the year?
You won’t get posted to a seasonal port. They get staffed by assignments out of other ports.
Thanks for the info. Can you volunteer for these seasonal port assignments from anywhere in Canada?
It depends. Usually they are staffed by the region but I have seen occasional national call outs over the years.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Squadcar » Sun May 19, 2019 7:02 pm

I know that the CBSA requires you to move anywhere in Canada, and that's fine -- however I'm just wondering how difficult it typically is to get a northern (ish) port? If I'm packing up and leaving home, I might as well do it right.

I feel like working up north is probably undesirable but at the same time I can only imagine they don't typically send people up there due to lower staffing requirements.

Is it hard to get up there right out of Rigaud? Yellowknife would be cool, or somewhere like that.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby melom » Mon May 20, 2019 8:58 pm

Squadcar wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 7:02 pm
I know that the CBSA requires you to move anywhere in Canada, and that's fine -- however I'm just wondering how difficult it typically is to get a northern (ish) port? If I'm packing up and leaving home, I might as well do it right.

I feel like working up north is probably undesirable but at the same time I can only imagine they don't typically send people up there due to lower staffing requirements.

Is it hard to get up there right out of Rigaud? Yellowknife would be cool, or somewhere like that.
In general the Alaska border has been desperate for staff for years now. I think you’d have good odds if your intake has a seat up there. People don’t want to go and if they have to go they don’t want to stay. Aside from the land border to Alaska I think the odds of going to the north are extremely low/zero.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Ziggy Stardust » Tue May 21, 2019 9:19 pm

There was a National call for BSOs to take an assignment to Yellowknife not too long ago and I've seen other calls for assignments to northern ports over the years. I know officers who have taken short term assignments to the north, mostly BC. They loved it but had commitments that would make a more permanent gig there difficult. CBSA has a hard time finding people who truly want to be there. If you're looking for a remote northern location you have a pretty good chance of getting one and if this is what you want I would make your intentions clear. There are also some small ports in the Maritimes that might suit you.
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Athejme » Wed May 22, 2019 8:24 pm

When is the next hiring process?

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Jumb34t » Thu May 23, 2019 8:49 am

Athejme wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 8:24 pm
When is the next hiring process?
You should follow CBSA on their social media, they usually announce that they're hiring there. That's how I found out that they were hiring back in September 2018.

That or you can constantly check their website to see if they are hiring.

Also, didn't you just write the OTEE earlier this year? You'll need to wait anoter year to rewrite that no? :ponder:
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby cb681 » Thu May 23, 2019 1:02 pm

Hi guys,

Can any recent graduate of Rigaud, speak to the PORT selection process, I know it changes all the time, what is the process for that now? just curious. thanks.
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Squadcar » Fri May 24, 2019 9:10 am

Ziggy Stardust wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 9:19 pm
There was a National call for BSOs to take an assignment to Yellowknife not too long ago and I've seen other calls for assignments to northern ports over the years. I know officers who have taken short term assignments to the north, mostly BC. They loved it but had commitments that would make a more permanent gig there difficult. CBSA has a hard time finding people who truly want to be there. If you're looking for a remote northern location you have a pretty good chance of getting one and if this is what you want I would make your intentions clear. There are also some small ports in the Maritimes that might suit you.
Thanks for the insight. I'm applying from the ATL region and the ultimate goal is to get home one day (I'm in St. Johns, so it might take a while). Obviously I'm willing to go anywhere but it seems like the places I'm interested in going (up north or the Atlantic region) don't need many BSOs.

That's the name of the game I suppose. Should be interesting to see where I end up!

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby NSMike » Sun May 26, 2019 8:35 am

cb681 wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 1:02 pm
Hi guys,

Can any recent graduate of Rigaud, speak to the PORT selection process, I know it changes all the time, what is the process for that now? just curious. thanks.
It hasnt changed in a little bit. If you go back on this forum youll find it. Its quite difficilt to explain but someone took great time in explaining it awhile back. Basically its completely random and all about luck.
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby frontovika » Thu May 30, 2019 6:36 pm

Any news on when we could expect the new recruitment pool for applicants? CBSA is still assessing January/February applicants.

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby eh_man » Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:06 pm

Can anyone recommend good places to find CBSA approved boots in Nova Scotia?
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby vincentcardinal » Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:06 pm

Hi everyone,

I'm quite curious about the whole posting aspect of the hiring process. My top 3 choices for posting are; 1. Abbotsford, BC. 2. Aldergrove, BC. 3. Vancouver, BC.

Now, what are my odds of my getting my first choice?

Thanks for the help!

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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Nicholas1989 » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:36 pm

does failing the interview mean like you're stupid, Because thats how I feel right now. Am I even destined to become a CBSA officer?
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Re: Ask the CBSA!

Postby Athejme » Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:50 pm

Nicholas1989 wrote:
Tue Jun 04, 2019 3:36 pm
does failing the interview mean like you're stupid, Because thats how I feel right now. Am I even destined to become a CBSA officer?
What happened in the interview? What kind of questions they asked you??


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