Federal Public Service to Pilot Test Name-blind Recruitment Techniques

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

The Public Service Commission of Canada is planning to test the sustainability and effectiveness of applying name-blind recruitment techniques in the federal public service.

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Supported by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, the project will compare outcomes associated with traditional screening of applicants with screening in which managers are blinded to applicants’ names. Six departments are taking part.

The name-blind technique has the aim of reducing any unconscious bias in the hiring process.

The pilot project will test the technique in selected hiring processes with the following departments: National Defence, Global Affairs Canada; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Public Services and Procurement Canada; Environment and Climate Change Canada; and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.