In the door and making an impact

Developers, designers, and others have skills that can dramatically improve life for Canadians. Code for Canada’s fellowship program embeds digital professionals inside of government, where they can work on projects that matter. Fellows spend 10 months collaborating with their government hosts to design and deliver digital services that work better for residents. The goal of the fellowship is to demonstrate what’s possible when the latest methods in software development, design thinking, user experience research and product management are applied to serving the public.

The power of fellowship

The Code for Canada fellowship is based on similar programs from around the world, including the United States and Australia. Check out stories from those fellowships to see the kinds of impacts digital fellows can have inside government.

See the impact

How do fellowships work?

Cross-disciplinary teams

Fellows are experienced professionals with skills in web development, user experience design, and product management. They are curious, creative, entrepreneurial, and work in teams of three to develop digital tools that make life better for Canadians.


Work that matters

We work with our government partners to identify projects that will enable fellows to make an impact during their fellowship. Government partners demonstrate strong leadership and are committed to working closely with fellows to get the right result.

A strong support system

Both fellows and government partners participate in extensive onboarding to prepare them to do great work throughout the fellowship. Government digital transformation can be challenging, so mentoring and coaching continues throughout the program to support everyone in overcoming barriers and developing new competencies.

Teams across Canada

Fellows work shoulder to shoulder with their government partners. For the pilot cohort beginning in 2017, fellowship teams will be hosted by the Government of Ontario, in the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and the Government of Canada, at the federal Treasury Board Secretariat. We are working on lining up fellowship teams in other cities across Canada for future fellowship cohorts.

Full-time team members

The fellowship is a full-time, paid program. Fellows earn a salary equivalent to $75,000 per year.

An iterative process

Fellows work in the open, building and test prototypes with actual users. They iterate on their ideas to get to a result that is meaningful and impactful.

Become a fellow

Are you ready to make an impact as a Code for Canada fellow? Tell us you’re interested, and we’ll let you know as soon as our next recruitment begins.

Spread the word

Do you know a mission-driven coder, product manager, or designer? Let them (and us!) know you think they’d be perfect for a fellowship. We’ll both be glad you did.

Host a team of fellows

Learn how the Code for Canada fellowship can enable your government department or ministry to deliver better outcomes for the residents you serve.

Questions about the fellowship program? Please contact Lia Milito at lia@codefor.ca.

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