Working in a modernized GOC

New accommodations

Disasters in Canada are increasing in frequency and severity and the GOC needs to ensure it has the capacity to respond to future challenges. In 2023, the GOC will relocate to secure, modernized accommodations that meet its operational and security requirements, and where it can manage concurrent emergencies.

The GOC will be the first federal organization with a WELL certification, which prioritizes health and well-being in the workplace by looking at seven factors: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

The GOC's relocation will improve the Government of Canada's capacity to support federal, provincial, and territorial emergency responses and planning efforts.

GOC workforce

GOC personnel represent a diverse group of hard-working professionals with backgrounds in emergency management, academia, military, law enforcement, nursing and firefighting.

The GOC is an exciting environment; a mix of responding to unfolding events and getting ready to deal with the next. The GOC has a unique esprit de corps as a community bonded by shared values and joint experience.

If you are interested in joining the GOC, you can register with Jobs Canada or apply as a student to the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP).

Surge capacity

For large scale or long-duration events, the GOC relies on surge capacity to supplement the event response teams. Volunteers are federal public servants who integrate into the GOC via a micro-mission. This approach ensures that the GOC continues to deliver on its mandate while cost-effectively allocating federal resources. Surge capacity duties can include supporting operations, planning, communications and administration.

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