If you apply for a position determined to be physically demanding, you are required to complete a post-offer pre-employment screening exam, “POPES,” prior to your first day of work. The job posting will indicate if a POPES exam is required for the position. Before a final job offer is made, you must be found capable of performing the physical requirements of the position to ensure your safety and that of your coworkers.
As a current employee who is offered an internal transfer or promotion to a regular or term position in one of the POPES categories (where the essential functions are different from those of their current position), you must complete the POPES examination and be found capable to complete the hiring process. If you are found not capable, you may remain in your current job.
If you apply for a casual POPES job, you are required to take the POPES examination and be found capable to complete the hiring process. Casual employees working 500 or more hours annually, including retirees who return as casuals or have worked previously in the department, must complete the POPES examination and be found capable to complete the hiring process.