Directive on Occupational Health Evaluations

1. Effective date

  • 1.1This directive takes effect on April 1, 2020.
  • 1.2This directive replaces the Treasury Board Occupational Health Evaluation Standard dated December 1, 2003.

2. Authorities

  • 2.1This directive is issued pursuant to the same authorities indicated in section 2 of the Policy on People Management.

3. Objectives and expected results

  • 3.1The objectives of this directive are as follows:
    • 3.1.1Prevent or mitigate occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities;
    • 3.1.2Reduce the effects of stressful work situations;
    • 3.1.3Improve the overall health and productivity of persons employed; and
    • 3.1.4Comply with the Canada Labour Code, Part II, and the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.
  • 3.2The expected results of this directive are as indicated in section 5 of the Policy on People Management.

4. Requirements

  • 4.1Managers are responsible for the following:
    • 4.1.1Planning periodic health evaluations of persons employed to determine whether they meet the occupational health requirements of their position and whether their health is negatively impacted by their work;
    • 4.1.2Planning health evaluations for persons employed and their dependants before, between and after foreign postings;
    • 4.1.3Conducting workplace hazard assessments in accordance with the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations;
    • 4.1.4Planning a pre-placement health evaluation when a candidate’s qualification is conditional on their ability to meet the occupational health requirements of the position;
    • 4.1.5Requesting fitness-to-work evaluations to ensure that persons employed are able to perform their duties and will not be a hazard to themselves or others;
    • 4.1.6Informing persons employed and candidates about the purpose of occupational health evaluations and about the evaluation process, and explaining the fundamentals of medical confidentiality in the federal public service; and
    • 4.1.7Covering the additional operational costs to provided health services as determined by Public Service Occupational Health Program, including new hires and changes in programs in all occupational groups.
  • 4.2Persons employed are responsible for making themselves available for occupational health evaluations and for participating in the processes determined by Health Canada.

5. Roles of other government organizations

  • 5.1This section identifies the roles of other key government organizations in relation to this directive. In and of itself, this section does not confer any authority.
  • 5.2Health Canada is responsible for the following:
    • 5.2.1Providing occupational health services for federal public service persons employed; and
    • 5.2.2Conducting the occupational health evaluations for persons employed in the core public administration.

6. Application

  • 6.1This directive applies to persons employed and the organizations listed in section 6 of the Policy on People Management.

7. References

8. Enquiries

© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the President of the Treasury Board, 2020,