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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Agencies, Boards and Commissions?

Agencies, Boards and Commissions in Newfoundland and Labrador are responsible for a broad range of administrative, adjudicative, sector regulation and advisory roles. Agencies, Boards and Commissions include Crown Corporations, Operational Agencies, Regulatory Boards, Adjudicative Bodies, Advisory Boards and other organizations.

Tier 1 Agencies, Boards and Commissions are scheduled to the Independent Appointments Commission Act while tier 2 Agencies, Boards and Commissions are scheduled to the Public Service Commission Act.

What is the Independent Appointments Commission?

Governed by the Independent Appointments Commission Act, assented to May 24, 2016, the Independent Appointments Commission is a five-person, non-partisan commission appointed through a resolution of the House of Assembly. The Independent Appointments Commission applies a merit based process for screening applicants and recommending qualified people for appointments to tier 1 Agencies, Boards and Commissions.

For a complete list of tier 1 Agencies, Boards and Commissions click here PDF Icon (54 KB).

What is the Public Service Commission?

The Public Service Commission is a long established and independent Government entity, legislatively mandated to ensure merit in public sector hiring and promotions.

For more information regarding the Public Service Commission, click here.

For the Agencies, Boards and Commissions scheduled under the Independent Appointment Commission Act, the Public Service Commission will serve as a secretariat to the Independent Appointments Commission.

The Public Service Commission will make merit-based recommendations to Ministers for appointments to tier 2 Agencies, Boards and Commissions scheduled under the Public Service Commission Act.

For a complete list of tier 2 Agencies, Boards and Commissions scheduled to the Public Service Commission Act, click here PDF Icon (62 KB).

Who can apply for an appointment?

Talented strong voices from all walks of life will be sought for membership on our Agencies, Boards and Commissions. All interested individuals are encouraged to consider serving on Agencies, Boards and Commissions to which they feel they can make a valuable contribution.

Detailed descriptions of responsibilities, skill requirements, and membership composition, estimated time commitment required of board members, the location of meetings and the remuneration rate (where applicable) are provided in each Agencies, Boards and Commissions profile.

How can I apply?

The application form can be found online here.

Applicants are encouraged to review the position profiles to determine which Agency, Board and Commission best matches their qualifications, experience and interests.

Information from applicants will be kept on file for a period of two years, during which time individuals will be considered for opportunities in areas where they have expressed an interest. If applicants would like to be considered for an appointment after this time, a new application may be submitted.

If you have having trouble accessing the site and/or application form, please contact the Public Service Commission at contactpsc@gov.nl.ca.

What happens after I apply?

When all steps of the application form have been successfully completed and submitted an acknowledgement will appear on the final screen confirming receipt of application.

The information provided by applicants will be reviewed to generate recommendations for those who best meet the criteria to serve. These individuals will be actively considered by the Independent Appointments Commission or by the Public Service Commission for vacancies for a period of 2 years after an application is submitted.

What if I am shortlisted for an appointment?

Applicants who are deemed qualified after the initial screening stage for an appointment will be contacted to confirm their interest in being considered. Once interest is confirmed, applicants will be required to complete a Conflict of Interest/Personal Disclosure Declaration.

The personal information requested as part of this declaration will be used only by the Public Service Commission/Independent Appointments Commission and the Government department responsible for the Agency, Board or Commission to assess applicant suitability. This information will not be disclosed, except as required for the above-noted purpose.

Will I be interviewed?

For some appointments, screening and selection processes may include further discussion to assess suitability. This is at the discretion of the Independent Appointments Commission, the Public Service Commission or responsible Government department.

Can members of Agencies, Boards or Commissions be re-appointed?

Current members of Agencies, Boards and Commissions, interested in a re-appointment will need to apply under the new process when their current term of appointment expires.

Will I be paid?

Remuneration guidelines for Agencies, Boards and Commissions are outlined in the respective Board profiles.

The majority of appointments to Agencies, Boards and Commissions are volunteer-based and are therefore unpaid. However, members will be compensated for expenses incurred in the performance of their duties in accordance with Treasury Board guidelines.

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