Training and recruitment for fishery officers


Our Fishery Officer Career Progression Program recruits successful candidates from the fishery officer selection process.

About training

You’ll begin as a cadet and progress through the various competency stages. This training takes about 34 months.

Classroom training takes approximately 16 weeks. You’ll gain skills in areas such as:

Location of the first 7 weeks of training varies each year. However, the last 9-week component of training is delivered at the RCMP Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan.


You must reimburse part of the travel, room and board, and other costs related to the classroom training if you:

Training allowance, salary and benefits

Cadets receive an allowance of $350 per week during the classroom training.

Your allowance will be deducted at source for:

Cadets will not be paid during the break between each component of the training program.


After successfully completing the classroom training, you’ll be appointed to a GT-02 fishery officer position. You’ll then have to successfully complete 30 months of field training in order to be appointed to a GT-04 position.

The training program has a 3-level classification structure. Associated salary scales are: 

  1. GT-02 ($46,947 to $56,118)
  2. GT-03 ($55,520 to $62,955)
  3. GT-04 ($62,556 to $71,124)


Once you become a public service employee with 6 months of experience, you’re entitled to receive the following benefits.

Recruitment projections

A total of 86 new fishery officers were hired and trained between 2011 and 2016.

We anticipate staffing more than 100 fishery officer positions over the next 2 years (2018 to 2019).

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