Admission criteria for employment equity police officers

The SPVM is currently recruiting for its "employment equity police officers" program.

> Apply online at the Ville de Montréal website

Under the initiatives put forward to reflect Montréal's cultural diversity, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) is beginning a recruiting period through its "employment equity police officers" program.

This program is an exceptional measure specially intended to recruit individuals of Aboriginal origin or from visible or ethnic minorities who have not taken training in Police Technology. Its objective is to promote equal access to ensure that the SPVM's personnel is more representative of Montréal's population.

Specific admission criteria

  • Be a Canadian citizen (citizenship card as proof)
  • Be of Aboriginal origin or belong to a visible minority or ethnic minority
  • Meet the following educational criteria:
    • Have a pre-university Diploma of College Studies (2 years) and 30 university credits or
    • Have a Technical Diploma of College Studies (3 years, other than Police Technology) or
    • Have a Bachelor's degree

NOTE: The applicant must also meet the same criteria as Policy Technology applicants.

Selection process

Preparatory steps:

  • Information session on the program
  • Preparatory information session at the Recruiting Evaluation Centre (CER)

Steps of the process:

  1. Criminal record check / fingerprints
  2. Recruiting Evaluation Centre (CER) (Situational Judgment Test, interview and role playing)
  3. Psychometric evaluation
  4. Security and integrity check
  5. Medical evaluation
  6. Language evaluation
  7. Driving test
  8. Physical aptitude test (PAT)
  9. Overall analysis of your file

It is important to mention that these steps are the same for all applicants ("employment equity police officers" program and Police Technology program).

Candidates who successfully complete the different steps of the selection process must take the following 2 training programs:

Training required

How to apply?

If you are interested in this program, go to the section entitled How to apply? and send us your application and all the required documents.


When can I apply?
You can send us your application at any time.

What fields of study are accepted for the program?
All fields of study.

What are the training-related costs?
You must provide for about $9,000 to cover the training costs and the charges inherent in the selection process. The Caisse Desjardins des policiers et policières can grant a loan at a prime rate for applicants who request it.

What are the duties of a local police office?
A local police officer's duties are to:

  • Patrol a neigbourhood
  • Respond to 911 calls
  • Protect lives and property
  • Maintain peace and public safety
  • Prevent and combat crime
  • Enforce the laws and regulations
  • Preserve peace and public order and contribute to increasing the public's feeling of safety

What competencies are sought in a Montréal police officer?
The applicant must show the following competencies throughout the selection process:

  • Interpersonal communication (teamwork and self-affirmation)
  • Analytical mind
  • Customer orientation
  • Commitment and a sense of responsibility

What availability does the police officer's job require and what are the work schedules?
Police officers work an average of 32 hours a week on rotating shifts: night, day and evening. They work day shifts starting at 8:30 a.m. and have schedules planned on an annual basis.

What physical condition must you be in to become a police officer?
At the appropriate time, you will have to pass a physical aptitude test (PAT). This tests evaluates your physical skills to see if you are physically fit for police work. This test involves several trials of your muscle strength, cardiovascular endurance, balance, etc. It is therefore important that you maintain and/or improve your physical condition throughout the selection process.

What are the vision standards to become a police officer with the SPVM?
Applicants must meet the following vision standard: 20/40 better eye, corrected to 20/20; 20/100 other eye, corrected to 20/20 or 20/60 in both eyes, monocular measurements, corrected to 20/20.

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