In the door and making an impact

Developers, designers, and others have skills that can help dramatically improve life for Canadians. Code for Canada’s fellowship program places digital professionals inside of government, where they can work on projects that matter. Fellows are eager to use their skills to make government work better for people across the country. They have multi-disciplinary experience in software development, design, user experience, research, and product management. Based on successful programs in the United States and Australia, Code for Canada fellows spend ten months working with government teams to develop great digital products.

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 will work shoulder to shoulder with their government partners. For the pilot cohort beginning in 2017, one team of fellows will be based in Toronto working with Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD), and another will be based in Ottawa working with the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada (TBS). 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.

Fellowship impacts

The fellowship is based on similar programs in the United States, Australia, and elsewhere across the globe. Check out stories from those fellowships to see the kinds of impacts digital fellows can have inside government.

See the impact

Get in touch

If you have general questions about the fellowship program, contact Lia Milito: lia@codefor.ca. If you want to know more about becoming a government partner, contact Gabe Sawhney: gabe@codefor.ca.

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