Senior Economist

$74,877 - $110,338 yearly
  • Government of Ontario
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • May 09, 2022
Contractor Finance Government Management

Job Description

Are you a big picture thinker, able to connect the dots and see how discrete decisions fit into a larger context, while working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment? Do you have experience with stakeholder engagement and strong policy and fiscal analysis skills? If so, consider joining the fast- paced, high-profile environment of the Ministry of Finance's Office of the Budget, in the Stakeholder and Policy Support Branch, where you will support positive relationships with legislative officers and other internal/external stakeholders. You will also provide fiscal policy analysis and advice in the development and coordination of Ontario's fiscal plan, including major government publications such as the annual Budget and Fall Economic Statement.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

  • Support the government's interactions with the Financial Accountability Officer of Ontario, including monitoring, tracking and providing advice based on experiences to date
  • Provide analysis and advice to senior management on the fiscal impact of a wide range of key policy and program decisions and their impact on the government's overall fiscal planning priorities; in particular, provide advice on how these decisions fit into the Budget and Fall Economic Statement
  • Develop and provide financial and economic analysis to senior decision-makers, including participating in the development of the Province's fiscal strategy and architecture
  • Coordinate and review input into the Provincial Budget, the Fall Economic Statement and other reports
  • Take a lead role within the ministry in collecting, summarizing and analyzing financial and economic information in support of the government's decision-making processes
  • Prepare, coordinate, and present on a wide range of complex fiscal issues through verbal presentations, briefing notes, and other methods
  • Work in a highly collaborative and dynamic team environment to provide leadership and technical advice to professional staff within and outside the unit
  • Develop comprehensive policy recommendations and present them clearly and succinctly

Location: Toronto

How do I qualify?

Analytical, Project Management, and Problem-Solving Skills:

  • You can evaluate the fiscal impact of policy and program decisions facing the government, provide advice on implications, and develop policy options and recommendations for decision-makers
  • You can anticipate problems and concerns, and develop potential resolutions
  • You can research and assess policy options and proposals, including applying economic and financial analysis
  • You can pay attention to detail in order to find, correct and avoid numerical and other errors
  • You can manage significant projects to deliver high-quality products within tight timelines

Technical Expertise:

  • You have knowledge of the application of economic and fiscal policy analysis, and government planning, decision-making and reporting processes and procedures
  • You have knowledge of the government's decision-making structure and approval process to lead the analysis and stewardship of key initiatives, including budget initiatives, for the Provincial Budget process
  • You have knowledge of public fiscal policy theories and practices
  • You have demonstrated knowledge of both the theory and practice of economics and finance

Communication, Interpersonal, and Presentation Skills:

  • You have demonstrated strong communication skills to liaise with senior management and a variety of stakeholders
  • You can prepare, and provide advice and recommendations on, fiscal policy and related economic issues to senior management through verbal briefings and presentations
  • You can coordinate information and provide accurate, timely and appropriate interpretation and advice to senior management
  • You can develop and present fiscal planning recommendations, reports, briefing and information notes, and related planning materials
  • You can think of, and implement, creative ways to present complex materials to better inform decision-makers
  • You are proficient in presenting complex policy and fiscal considerations and recommendations in a clear and concise manner to decision-makers, including using a variety of computer software applications to help with data visualization
  • You have excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills to effectively interact with a wide range of stakeholders and partners
  • You can develop constructive relationships with key partners

Stakeholder and Relationship Management Skills:

  • You have expertise in creating and managing complex internal and external stakeholder relationships
  • You have partnership-building, conflict resolution, and influencing skills to develop effective partnerships with key stakeholders
  • You can work collaboratively to resolve issues, and negotiate changes and shifts in priorities


Flexible work hours are available, and, during peak periods, staff may be required to work overtime.

OPS Commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and anti-racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

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We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

Salary Range: $74,877 - $110,338 Per Year

Additional information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months, 7 Queen’s Park Cr, Toronto, Toronto Region


  • Less qualified applicants may be considered on an underfill basis.
  • The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition and the results from this competition may be used to fill other positions. These positions may be of various tenures, including short-term assignments. Your information and the results from this competition will be retained for the purpose of filling vacancies in accordance with the applicable collective agreement or policy provisions.

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 179752, by Thursday, May 19, 2022. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.