Job Opportunities

Student Border Services Officer

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) offers exciting job opportunities for college and university students that will provide them with the opportunity to gain exposure to the important work undertaken by the Agency at the country's international airports.

About the job

Student border services officers (SBSOs) work with border services officers (BSOs) to ensure the country's security and prosperity by managing the access of people and goods to and from Canada. Typically, they carry out primary inspections at international airports across the country. SBSOs are not armed, and the CBSA does not hire students for locations where BSOs are armed or will be armed.

On a daily basis, SBSOs will need to demonstrate sound judgment, effective communication skills, a commitment to service excellence, as well as the ability to perform well in difficult situations.

Work locations

Positions for SBSOs are typically located in the following cities:

Calgary, Edmonton

British Columbia
Vancouver, Surrey


Nova Scotia

Mississauga, Toronto, Hamilton, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport

Québec City, Montréal, Dorval

Saskatoon, Regina

How to become a student border services officer

Eligibility and Experience

The CBSA is looking for highly motivated, mature, and reliable post-secondary students to work as Student Border Services Officers (SBSO).

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following general Federal Student Work Experience (FSWEP) criteria:

  • Be enrolled full-time in an accredited post-secondary institution and currently be recognized as having “full-time student status” by that academic institution
  • Be returning to full-time studies in the next academic term
  • Meet the minimum age requirement to work in the province or territory where the job is located

Please note that preference may be given to students in a field related to the job such as criminology, law, law and security, law enforcement, policing, psychology, sociology or business administration.

Preference will also be given to Canadian citizens.

Conditions of employment

SBSOs must also obtain and meet the following conditions of employment prior to their appointment to the SBSO position:

  • Must have successful completed the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (CRFSC) and pass the tests, OR challenge and pass both the CFSC and the CRFSC tests without taking either course. Please note, SBSOs are not armed with a duty firearm but may have to handle firearms during a search or seizure.
  • Possess the Standard First Aid certification (required by the Canada Labour Code, Part II and the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, Part XVI). This certification involves completing a two (2)-day, 14–16 hour Standard First Aid course from a provincially or territorially approved provider.
  • Have and maintain a valid driver's licence that allows the holder to drive a motor vehicle in Canada where required.
  • Obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance. Please note that successful candidates considered for employment will be requested to obtain digital fingerprints on their own time and at their own expense.
  • Obtain a Transportation Security Clearance. (The Agency coordinates this for the SBSO.)
  • Successful completion of requirements associated with the carry, use and maintenance of CBSA issued defensive equipment, in accordance with the CBSA's policies and directives.
  • A medical standard is required to perform the duties of a SBSO. A physician (Health Canada or designate) will complete an Occupational Health Assessment Report which will attest to physical ability to perform the duties of a SBSO position and participate in the required training prior to employment. The CBSA will arrange this appointment.
  • Be willing to work various shifts on rotation, including weekends, statutory holidays, and work overtime when required.
  • Wear and maintain a uniform as per the CBSA Uniform Policy and Standards of Appearance.
  • Be willing to operate a government vehicle as required.

Please note that applicants are required to obtain firearms courses and standard first aid certification on their own time and at their own expense.


SBSOs are paid according to the Treasury Board's Terms and Conditions of Employment for Students. More information on rates of pay for students can be found on the Treasury Board Secretariat's website.


Upon recruitment, SBSOs will typically receive three weeks of formal training and on-the-job shadowing/coaching.

Employment equity

The CBSA is committed to having a skilled, diversified workforce reflective of Canadian society and to the equitable representation of women (especially in non-traditional occupational groups), Aboriginal peoples, persons with a disability, and members of a visible minority group.

How to apply

SBSO recruitment takes place each year depending on the geographical location of the job opening. Visit the FSWEP website, click on "Departmental Programs" from the menu on the left, and then “Canada Border Services Agency - Student Border Services Officer” to view the job poster.

Please note that to apply to become a SBSO, students must first apply to the general FSWEP program and then modify their FSWEP application to apply for a departmental program.

Should you have any questions about the application process, please contact

Prospects for the future

The demands placed on BSOs are continually evolving. Students considering permanent employment as a BSO must apply to the CBSA Officer Trainee selection process, and successfully complete the Officer Induction Training Program and the Officer Induction Development Program as an officer trainee at a port of entry within Canada. Therefore, the student bridging option is not available for BSO positions.

For more information about the CBSA, please visit the About Us section of the Agency's website.