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Regional Railway Inspector, Operations - Toronto, ON #396271

Company: Government of Canada

Date: 08/02/2020

City: Toronto, ON

Employment type: Full-time

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Transport Canada (TC) employs over 6,000 talented and motivated employees working in the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairie and Northern, Pacific Regions, and at the National Headquarters in Ottawa. We strive to serve the public interest through the promotion of a safe and secure, efficient and environmentally responsible transportation system in Canada.

As an employer, TC fosters employee well-being, provides an open and respectful workplace, competitive benefits, and flexible work arrangements that promote work-life balance. Transport Canada was named one of Canada's top employers in 2019 by Forbes.


Railway Inspectors are responsible for monitoring railways to promote compliance with acts and regulations as well as working with railways in identifying and reducing risks. To learn more about the work of Operations and Equipment Inspectors, check out this video:

What you will be doing


  • Conducting inspections and audits of railway facilities and operations within the region and recommending compliance and/or enforcement actions as required;
  • Providing technical advice and guidance to stakeholders in the railway industry;
  • Applying expertise in investigations of accidents, incidents, injuries and fatalities, complaints and other situations as it relate to acts and regulations; and
  • Participating in the planning and implementation of the regional inspection and monitoring program.

Regional Railway Inspectors working in Operations have qualifications and extensive operational experience working in the railway industry. They must be skilled communicators capable of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary environment, exercising judgement, and adapting to the different needs of stakeholders. Inspectors must be able to negotiate, facilitate change, and respond effectively to stressful situations. In the course of ensuring adherence to regulatory requirements, inspectors carry significant responsibility and accountability as their decisions have a direct impact on the transportation system and safety of the travelling public.

Work environment

The key activities of this position require extensive travel locally, regionally, and sometimes nationally to conduct inspections. Some tasks will also be performed in a typical office environment. Activities may be performed in various indoor and outdoor environments and under varying weather conditions.

Intent of the process

This is an anticipatory process. A pool of qualified candidates may be established and used to staff this position and other similar positions of various tenures and/or various linguistic requirements within Transport Canada.

Positions to be filled: Number to be determined

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

You will be required to demonstrate the Essential Qualifications (Education and Experience) and Asset Qualifications (if applicable) for the initial screening by answering online screening questions and on your résumé. It is NOT sufficient to only state that the qualifications are met or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. You must clearly demonstrate when, where, and how the qualification was met by providing concrete examples. Information on your education and experience provided in the screening questions should be supported by your résumé. Failure to provide the above required information may result in your application being rejected from this process.


A secondary school diploma or an acceptable* combination of education and experience.

  • Acceptable combination is defined as completion of two (2) years of secondary school and at least five (5) years of experience working in the railway industry performing duties related to this position.

Degree equivalency


  • Experience in dealing with various stakeholder representatives related to railway activities.
  • Recent and significant* operational experience working as locomotive engineer OR transportation/operations supervisor, at a railway in Canada.
  • Recent and significant experience is defined as having performed a broad range of various and complex activities normally acquired over a period of at least three (3) years; and the performance of these duties within the last five (5) years.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)


  • Successful completion of a post-secondary program from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Experience working as a locomotive engineer.
  • Experience working in an operations supervisory role within a railway in Canada.
  • Experience in risk evaluation and trend analysis.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements


  • Knowledge of Transport Canada's role in railway safety
  • Knowledge in the application of the Canadian Rail Operating Rules
  • Knowledge in the application of the Work/Rest Rules for Railway Operating Employees


  • Demonstrating integrity and respect
  • Thinking things through
  • Working effectively with others
  • Showing initiative and being action-oriented


  • Ability to recognize unsafe railway operating situations and to ensure corrective actions are taken
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)


In support of achieving a diversified workforce, consideration may be given to candidates self-identifying as belonging to one of the following employment equity groups: Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, visible minorities, and women.


  • Ability and willingness to work overtime including evenings, weekends, and stand-by, as required.
  • Ability and willingness to work in adverse environments and weather conditions.

Conditions of employment

  • Reliability status security clearance.
  • Possession of a valid provincial or territorial driver's license.
  • Ability and willingness to travel on short notice and for extended periods using all modes of transportation.
  • Ability and willingness to exercise physical effort to climb, embark, and disembark railway equipment, at times on sites where access may be difficult and the terrain is rugged.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential. For more information on assessment accommodation, visit

Candidates from outside the Federal public service may be required to pay for their own travel expenses for this selection process.

A variety of tools and methods may be used to assess candidates including, but not limited to, written tests, standardized tests, interviews, and/or reference checks. In addition, all information obtained throughout the selection process from the time of application to close of process may be used to evaluate candidates.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates should check emails regularly and ensure their email address accepts emails from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email). Failure to respond to communications may result in elimination from this process.

Candidates will be required to provide original proof of education as part of this selection process. Candidates with foreign educational credentials are required to provide proof of Canadian equivalency. You may consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials at for further information.

Candidates are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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