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Hiring Information

It is the policy of the City of Nanaimo to hire and promote the best qualified candidates, thereby allowing the organization to maintain a high level of service to the public. In order to build a diverse workforce, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.  Hiring decisions will be made on the basis of job related criteria, without discrimination or favour.       


The majority of City employees are either managers or they are members of C.U.P.E. (Canadian Union of Public Employees) Local 401 or I.A.F.F. (International Association of Firefighters) Local 905.

CUPE, Local 401

When a CUPE position becomes vacant, it is typically posted internally and in that case, it is only open to permanent City of Nanaimo CUPE employees. This provision provides the opportunity for our employees to advance within the organization or to move to other departments.

When no internal candidate has the skills, knowledge and ability, the competition may be posted externally. In that case, postings can be viewed on our website and on the external posting board located at the Human Resources office.

I.A.F.F., Local 905

All permanent employees of the Nanaimo Fire Services, with the exception of the Fire Management, are members of the I.A.F.F. (International Association of Firefighters) Local 905. The City of Nanaimo also has a number of Paid-On-Call Firefighters who work from Fire Halls located throughout the City.

Occasionally, we may advertise externally for non-Fire-Suppression positions such as Fire Dispatchers and Fire Inspectors. On these occasions, the posting can be found on our website, and on the external posting board located at the Human Resources office.

If you are interested in becoming a Paid-On-Call Firefighter, inquiries should be directed to the Command and Business Centre, 580 Fitzwilliam Street or telephone (250) 753-7311.

Collective Agreements

You can view the CUPE Collective Agreement or the IAFF Collective Agreement from the links below:

Management Bylaw

You can view the Management Bylaw from the link below:


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