Apply now to join the Net-Zero Advisory Body

Apply now to join the Net-Zero Advisory Body

Jun 17, 2024
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Apply now to join the Net-Zero Advisory Body

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change is inviting interested Canadians to apply to join the Net-Zero Advisory Body (NZAB).

The NZAB  plays an important role under the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act by providing independent advice to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on how Canada can achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, including advice on interim climate targets and plans.

As a member of the NZAB, you would participate in briefings, meetings, and engagement activities to inform the development of advice for the Minister. You would actively contribute your own knowledge and perspectives while working collaboratively with other members.

NZAB members are appointed for 1 to 3 years on a part-time basis of approximately 3 to 5 days per month and are compensated for their time at rates set by the Governor in Council.

Interested candidates can apply here. Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis starting in August. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at the earliest opportunity, and before September 18th. Members are selected through the Government of Canada’s open, transparent, and merit-based selection process, and are then appointed by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. More details on Governor in Council appointments and the open, transparent, and merit-based selection process are available from the Privy Council Office.

We encourage you to consider applying and to share this message widely with your networks. The selection process for NZAB is committed to reflecting Canada’s diversity in all of its forms. First Nations, Métis, and Inuit persons with interest in and experience working on climate change are strongly encouraged to apply for appointments to the Net-Zero Advisory Body. We would also like to encourage people from Black and other racialized communities, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQI+ people, and youth aged 18 to 29 to apply to become members of the Net-Zero Advisory Body.

 

Please contact messages@pco-bcp.gc.ca with any questions about this process.

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