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Security Officer

Bank of Canada

February 23, 2021

Security Officer

Take a central role

The Bank of Canada has a vision to be “a leading central bank—dynamic, engaged and trusted—committed to a better Canada.” No other employer in the country offers you the unique opportunity to work at the very center of Canada’s economy, in a diverse and inclusive organization with significant impact on the economic and financial well-being of all Canadians. You will be challenged, energized and motivated to excel in an environment where we are reinventing central banking, renewing ways of doing business and reinforcing a culture of innovation.

Find out more about the next steps in our Recruitment process. 

What you will do

Reporting to a Manager of Security Operations in Ottawa, you manage risks to the Bank of Canada's information, personnel, visitors and physical assets by countering threats with appropriate protective safeguards through your physical presence as an armed security officer. 

You respond to emergencies (e.g., fire alarms, health and safety, intrusion alarms, access control violations) and assist colleagues as required to ensure that the security of Bank sites is maintained.

You operate state-of-the-art security equipment by conducting surveillance of vital areas of the Bank: monitoring alarms, detecting intrusion and directing response officers in an emergency.  You ensure that only authorized employees, vendors and visitors are granted access to the Bank of Canada, which includes verifying and updating details on the visitor management database and issuing and collecting visitor day passes. 

As the front of house, first line of security defense, you ensure the security and safety of the Bank, its staff and assets. You observe the behavior of persons entering the Bank of Canada or its property and investigate and defuse any threats or risks. You activate alarms and inform the Control Room and Manager in cases of emergency or the presence of unauthorized persons. You investigate and prepare reports on accidents, incidents, and suspicious activities and maintain written logs, as required. 

We will be staffing two position: a permanent and term for a year.

The Security Officer is trained on different posts and may rotate, as required on the following posts:

East / West Tower

Centre Block / Kent St. / Loading Dock / Museum


What you need to succeed

We are looking for an effective communicator with excellent interpersonal skills and tact in dealing with staff at various levels within the Bank, including visitors and members of the public. 

You must be capable of working independently and in a team environment, where collaboration is essential. 

You must respect confidentiality of information, be self-motivated, work well under pressure, exercise sound judgment and escalate complex problems or situations to your leader, when required. You must be able to operate effectively and calmly in stressful emergency situations. 

As a Security Officer, you must possess a valid firearms Possession and Acquisition License (PAL), for restricted and non-restricted firearms and you must successfully complete a psychological and physical assessment, including completing the Bank’s mandatory Officer training program (5 weeks, paid). You must be available to work shifts (days, evenings, overnights, weekends and holidays). 

Mandatory Officer Training Program

Week 1 – Use of Force (5 days) – must pass

Week 2 – Firearms (Pistol) (5 days) – must pass

Week 3 – Firearms (Carbine) (5 days) – must pass 

Week 4 – SOPs/Security Systems training (5 days) 

Week 5 – On Post training (5 days)


knowledge of access-control, intrusion detection, and alarm monitoring systems, closed-circuit television (CCTV) and other related security systems 

knowledge of the Criminal Code of Canada (sections pertaining to the use of force and the powers of arrest)

experience with security card access systems, security turn styles' and scanners' functionality

experience in assessing behavior that may pose a security risk

experience in a highly secured environment

defensive tactics training


Your education and experience

post-secondary certificate or diploma (complete or in progress)

What you need to know

Language requirement: English and French essential (bilingual). Candidates must be fully functional (level 5) in second official language upon appointment. We encourage you to apply no matter your level in your second language. Training will be provided to help you reach the required level at the onset.

Priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents

Security level required: Secret 

Relocation assistance may be provided, if required

Please save a copy of the job poster. Once the closing date has passed, it will no longer be available.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and further to public health guidelines, preventative measures are being taken to ensure health and safety during the recruitment process. All interviews are conducted virtually.  


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for this position. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

What you can expect from us

This is a great opportunity to join a leading organization and be part of a high-performing team. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet your needs at every stage of your life and career. For more information on key benefits please visit A great deal to consider. 

Salaries are based on qualifications and experience and typically range from $61,000 to $71,700 (job grade 13)

Depending on performance, you may be eligible for performance pay for successfully meeting (3 to 5% of your base salary) or for exceeding expectations (7% of your base salary). Exceptional performers who far exceed expectations may be eligible for higher performance pay.

Flexible and comprehensive benefits so you can choose the level of health, dental disability and life and/or accident insurance coverage that meets your needs

Extra vacation days (up to five each year) that you can purchase to add to your vacation entitlement

Indexed, defined-benefit pension for permanent position

Option to join the indexed, defined-benefit pension plan after 24 consecutive months of service for term position


We strive to make our policies, programs and workplace more inclusive, respectful and barrier-free. We encourage applications from women, Indigenous peoples, veterans, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and persons of all races, ethnic origins, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions.

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