Attention UPSE Civil Service Members (Provincial Election)

Posted March 9, 2023, 2:19pm

The following message went out to the Civil Service on March 8, 2023.

This message has been approved by Tanya Rowell, CEO of the Public Service Commission

-Please post the attached message for employees who do not have computer access-

Notice to Provincial Civil Service Employees

Political Activity

Section 12 of the Conflict of Interest Policy provides that provincial civil service employees may participate in political activities only in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Act, Sections 38, 39, 40 and 41 at…/civil-service-act.

Additional provisions can be found in Sections 93.1 to 93.2 of the Regulations at…/civil-service-act….

Public Service employees who are not restricted, may participate in activities of a political nature, however, their political activities must not compromise the tradition of political neutrality of the public service as an institution. Public employees must ensure that their participation in a political activity in no way compromises their real or perceived ability to perform their duties in a fully impartial manner. They must also strictly observe the obligation to respect the confidentiality of information they obtain in performing their work.

Provincial Civil Service Employees Seeking Public Office

Provincial civil service employees intending to seek nomination as a candidate in a federal or provincial election must follow the legislative requirements of the Civil Service Act as noted below:

• If you are intending to declare yourself to seek nomination as a candidate in a federal or provincial election, before doing so, you must apply to your Deputy Minister or CEO for a leave of absence without pay; and

• The leave request shall be approved unless the Deputy Minister or CEO determines that it would seriously undermine the government’s ability to deliver a necessary or essential public service.

If you have further questions, please contact your departmental HR Manager.

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