Working at the ATSSC/My performance and my career

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How will my performance be assessed?

Employee performance in the federal public service is measured against specific work objectives (the work to be done) and core competencies (relating to behaviours), to help improve performance and productivity of individuals, teams and organizations.

Therefore, whether you are new to the federal public service or simply new to the ATSSC, you can expect your manager to meet with you within the first two weeks of your start date to discuss and establish your work objectives. This is a critical step for you to understand not only what is expected of you in terms of deliverables, but also in terms of how you are to perform your duties and interact with others.

Having regular performance discussions with your manager and getting feedback helps to build and maintain trust between you and your manager, and creates optimal conditions to allow you to fully contribute and provide world-class service to Canadians.

In the Federal Public Service, web applications have been implemented to support performance management and ensure consistency across all organizations. The applications can be found under the Treasury Board Application Portal (TAP) (note: your PRI and myKEY are required), where you will also find the application to attest to your vaccination status. The applications for performance management are:


(Excludes: Casuals, terms less than 3 months, students, contractors)

Public Service Performance Management (PSPM)

*open using Chrome or Microsoft Edge


(Applies to employees appointed to executive (EX) and law management (LC) positions)

Executive Talent Management System (ETMS)

*open using Chrome or Microsoft Edge

If you are a new employee, consult the PSPM User Guide for Employees for information on how to register to access PSPM.

Note: It may take up to 2 months before your information is activated in PSPM and that you are able to register.

If you are a new executive, your account will be created by Human Resources in ETMS and you will receive a temporary password by email, which you will need to log in.
If you have employees reporting to you, access "myEmployees" to add new employees and release former employees. (Consult the factsheet: How to use the myEmployees application).

Consult the PSPM User Guide for Executives and Managers/Supervisors for information on how to register to access PSPM.

Consult the ETMS User Guide for Executives and Managers of Executives for instructions on how to use the Performance Agreement module of the ETMS.
Learn more about performance management for employees Learn more about performance management for executives

When can I expect discussions about my performance?

The Performance Management Program (PMP) cycle consists of the three steps below. Each step is to be documented using the apps above.

  1. Establish a performance agreement - April or when you start your job
  2. Conduct a mid-year review - September-October
  3. Conduct a year-end assessment - March

While there is a cycle for formal discussion in the performance management program, you should have regular discussions with your manager about your performance, especially during your first months as you are learning a new job and organization.

Visit the ATSSC's PMP intranet page for more information.

All questions related to the Performance Management Program can be sent to:

Career and Talent Management

Employee career development is an important priority at the ATSSC. You can consult the Career and Talent Management Guide, which provides an overview of the organization's talent management strategy.

A wealth of information can also be found on the Career and Talent Management intranet page. These include an overview of possible career paths at the ATSSC as well as resources to help you have meaningful discussions with your manager about your career.

All questions related to Career Management can be sent to: