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.

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.

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.

Fellows at work

Code for Canada fellows work alongside government innovators to help them build digital capacity and deliver better, simpler and more user-friendly services for residents. They’ve worked with teams from the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto. You can read about their experience — in their own words — on our blog, and watch them demonstrate the products and services they’ve built to benefit Canadians.


Read the latest from the fellowsWatch fellowship demos from the 2018 Code for Canada Showcase

Start your fellowship journey

Become a fellow

Are you ready to make an impact as a Code for Canada fellow? Let us know you’re interested and we’ll contact you ahead of our next recruitment.

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.

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