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Equal Employment Opportunity Program

PO Box 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1

Toll-free: (855) 825-3367


The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program was established in 1984. The objective of the EEO Program is to provide a more balanced representation of qualified designated group persons in the public service by helping individuals find meaningful employment with opportunities for advancement.

To be eligible for the program, candidates must be residents of New Brunswick and be members of one of the following designated group:

  • Aboriginal: an Aboriginal person is a North American Indian, a member of a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit who identifies with the Aboriginal community culturally and/or linguistically. Métis are people who have Aboriginal ancestry, who self-identify as Métis, and who are recognized by the Métis Nations. Inuit are the Aboriginal inhabitants of Northern Canada.
  • Persons with disabilities: persons with disabilities are individuals who have a long term or recurring health condition that limits the kind or amount of activity that they can do in the workplace because of a physical, intellectual, sensory, psychiatric or learning limitation.
  • Members of visible minorities: members of a visible minority group are persons in Canada, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian. Some people who are members of a visible minority group were born in Canada; others have come here from other countries.

You can register online for the EEO Program, using the government e-recruitment web based resource. Please allow up to 15 business days for your application to be reviewed. Eligible candidates will receive a letter confirming that their registration has been approved.

This department provides funding to other departments (Part I) and school districts (Part II) of the New Brunswick public service who hire EEO candidates.

Two funding options are available:

  • Effective April 1, 2017, the EEO Program can contribute up to 50% of the salary to a maximum of $20,000 a year for a maximum of two years.
  • Effective April 1, 2017 the EEO Program can contribute $333 a month to a department who has hired an EEO candidate that receives a disability pension or who can only work limited hours per week due to their health condition for a maximum of five years.

Please refer to the Public Service Labour Relations Act First Schedule for a detailed list of Part I and Part II:

There is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Coordinator within each department. Part of their role is to promote the EEO Program within their own department and school districts and answer questions from EEO candidates. EEO candidates are encouraged to contact EEO Coordinators directly about potential employment opportunities and when applying for a competition.

Once registered with the EEO Program, EEO candidates can apply to “in-service” competitions.

Call the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program toll free: 1-855-825-3367 .

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