In 1991, the Supreme Court confirmed that federal public service workers have a constitutional right to engage in political activity. Before that, the Public Service Employment Act did not allow these workers to take part in any political activities except casting their vote.
One of the hallmarks of a healthy democracy is the ability of citizens to participate freely and actively in determining who they elect to govern and make decisions on their behalf. During the 2019 federal election, PSAC members are encouraged to take an active role in exercising their democratic political rights by:
For some PSAC members — those covered by the Public Service Employment Act — some restrictions apply. None of the activities listed above should be carried out during your working hours.
There are also separate and special rules that apply if you wish to be a candidate in a federal, territorial, municipal or provincial election.