Applications for the 2019 Code for Canada Fellowship are now closed.

Become a Fellow

How It Works

The Code for Canada fellowship is open to full-stack developers, user experience designers and researchers, and product managers who want to use their skills for good. Cross-functional teams of three fellows spend 10 months inside government tackling complex problems and working on things that matter.

Recruitment & onboarding

We recruit technology professionals with a proven ability to deliver great digital products, and provide them with one month of intensive onboarding to equip them with the tools and practices of 21st century government.

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Discovery & user research

Once embedded with their government hosts, Code for Canada fellows embark on an extensive user research journey to better understand the problem space and learn about the unique challenges facing residents and staff. 

Building, testing & iterating

Fellows work alongside public servants to prototype and test solutions that better meet residents’ needs. Their output demonstrates what’s possible when the latest digital methods are applied to important civic challenges.

“Working with the fellows has inspired us to embrace more agile and user-centered approaches to the way we tackle policy and program challenges.”

Lisa Bifano

Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities

“The fellowship is really an opportunity for growth. On both a professional and personal level, you learn a lot.”

Raluca Ene

2017 Code for Canada Fellow

“It’s more meaningful to me than anything I’ve ever been able to do as a software developer in the private sector.”

Leon Lukashevsky

2017 Code for Canada Fellow

Benefits of Fellowship

Being a Code for Canada fellow is a big job—and highly rewarding. Here’s what successful candidates can look forward to:

Public service impact

As a Code for Canada fellow, you’ll experience what it’s like to work at the scale of government, and come away knowing you and your team built something that makes life better for residents. 

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Ongoing mentorship

Coaching sessions with senior developers, designers and product managers from Code for Canada’s Advisory Panel will help you develop your skills and overcome tough challenges.

A larger platform

Code for Canada fellows work out loud and in the open! Your work will be featured and seen on our blog, on social media, at professional conferences, and at our annual showcase event. 

Digital government experience

Fellowship onboarding is a chance to learn from leaders in digital government. Past guests include David Eaves (Harvard Kennedy School), Lou Downe (UK Government Digital Service) and Hillary Hartley (Ontario’s Chief Digital Officer).

Past & Present Fellows

Code for Canada fellows have worked at every level of government, designing and building 21st century public services, and delivering better outcomes for residents. Here are some of their stories (you can always find more on our blog): 

Daniel Tse

Daniel Tse

Product Manager, 2017

Daniel worked with staff at Veterans Affairs Canada on a digital tool that helps veterans access important public benefits. After his fellowship, he joined the Canadian Digital Service as a product manager. 

“Being a fellow feels really good because we get to work at a scale that’s enormous compared to the private sector.”

Caley Brock

Caley Brock

Developer, 2018

Caley is working with the Public Service Commission of Canada to modernize the federal government’s hiring and assessment tools. Prior to her fellowship, Caley was a software developer at Code.org in Seattle.

“Besides the opportunity to test drive a career as a public servant, this was also a great growth opportunity.”

Santiago Mendoza

Santiago Mendoza

Developer, 2017

Santiago worked with Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to build a tool that matches learners with education and training opportunities. He’s now a machine learning engineer with the Computer Research Institute of Montréal.

“Doing something you’re good at, feeling appreciated, and making people’s lives better – that’s what being a fellow is like.”

Pallavi Thampi

Pallavi Thampi

UX Designer, 2018

Pallavi is helping the City of Toronto implement its new road safety plan by designing data products to engage residents, staff and key stakeholders. Prior to the fellowship, she was a UX designer at Chefs Plate.

“Working in a small but mighty cross-functional team has helped me grow. I’ve deepened my design research practice and broadened my knowledge of how government works.”

The Details

Who are the fellows?

Fellows are mission-driven digital professionals with skills in full-stack development, product management and user experience design. They have a proven track record of delivering great digital products, and are excited about the opportunity to work on things that matter.

Code for Canada fellows are:

  • Highly collaborative
  • Adaptable and resilient
  • Skilled communicators
  • Motivated to use their skills to make life better for Canadians

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada for the duration of the fellowship.

What makes a great full-stack development fellow?
  • Highly proficient full-stack developer
  • Experience applying industry web and security standards and best practices to your work that can be adopted by others
  • Proficient understanding of, and experience with, agile and iterative development processes
  • Ability to work closely with designers to ensure applications are user friendly
  • Able to effectively identify and communicate a reasonable development structure with designers and product managers and non-technical stakeholders
  • Flexibility in trying new approaches and languages
  • Professional fluency in French is not required, but is an asset on some teams
What makes a great UX design fellow?
  • Confident leading your team and external stakeholders through design processes
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, gain buy-in for, and execute both generative and usability design research.
  • Ability to translate research findings (both generative and usability) into a design strategy
  • Ability to generate design materials, including user requirements, storyboards, flowcharts, high fidelity design prototypes and wireframes
  • Demonstrated knowledge about inclusive and accessible design, and ability to design experiences that work for everyone from the start
  • Ability to work closely with product managers to ensure that design research insights are translated to product strategy
  • Professional fluency in French is not required, but is an asset on some teams
What makes a great product management fellow?
  • Ability to lead a collaborative team through agile and/or iterative processes
  • Extremely strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven effectiveness managing projects and relationships in complex multi-stakeholder environments
  • Proven ability to set, track, and share product success metrics
  • Experience in developing and implementing product strategies and roadmaps
  • Experience in content creation is highly valuable
  • Professional fluency in French is not required, but is an asset on some teams
Our commitment to inclusion

Code for Canada values an environment that is not only free of discrimination, but that also respects difference and allows employees to bring their whole selves to work. We strongly encourage individuals from under-represented groups to apply.

Is the fellowship paid?

Code for Canada fellows earn a pro-rated salary equivalent to $75,000 CDN per year.

Where do fellows work?

After onboarding at our Toronto headquarters, fellows are embedded full-time with their government hosts.

I already have a job. Can I be a fellow?

The fellowship is a full-time commitment, but we have worked with prospective fellows to arrange for a secondment or a leave of absence from their job.

If you’re thinking about talking to your employer about the fellowship, here’s a slide deck that can help you. 

Can non-citizens apply for the fellowship?

Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents are welcome to apply if they are legally eligible to work in Canada for the duration of the fellowship. 

Other questions?

Curious about the fellowship or want to know more about the application process? Contact Meha Shah at meha@codefor.ca.

You can also find a .pdf copy of the job description here.

Start your fellowship journey

Are you ready to use your technology and design skills for good, and help transform government from the inside out?

Let us know you’re interested in becoming a Code for Canada fellow, and we’ll contact you ahead of our next fellowship recruitment!

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