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How It Works

The Code for Canada fellowship is open to web developers, user experience designers 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.

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.

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.
“Iteration is something that’s not used often in government. So the whole agile methodology that the team brought was really cool.” 2017 Fellowship Host

Government of Ontario

“It’s an opportunity to make a difference, to help the government build better digital services, and encourage both civic tech and government innovation in Canada.” 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

2018 Fellowship Challenges

Public Service Commission of Canada

As the country’s largest employer, the Government of Canada strives to offer a fair and inclusive hiring process. Code for Canada fellows will support this work by designing digital tools to modernize the government’s online hiring system, and make the experience more accessible and seamless for applicants.

Toronto Transportation Services

Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Strategy aims to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on city streets. Code for Canada fellows will support this goal by working with Toronto’s Transportation Services Big Data Innovation Team to prototype data products that engage road safety stakeholders inside and outside of City Hall.

Transport Canada

There are an estimated 350,000 drone operators in Canada. As these new aircraft take to the skies, Transport Canada must evolve its functions to better engage drone operators and meet their unique needs. Code for Canada fellows will conduct user research with drone pilots, and prototype digital tools to help them fly safely and in accordance with new regulations.

The Details

Who are the fellows?

Fellows are mission-driven digital professionals with skills in web 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
What makes a great web 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 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
  • Flexibility in trying new approaches and languages
What makes a great UX design fellow?
  • Confident leading your team and external stakeholders through design processes
  • Experience designing online user experiences for complex web content and applications
  • Ability to translate research findings (both generative and usability) into a design strategy
  • Ability to generate design materials, including user requirements, storyboards, scenarios, flowcharts, 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 developers to ensure designs are implemented according to specifications and on schedule
What makes a great product management fellow?
  • Experience leading teams through agile and/or iterative development processes
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders to understand and support user needs.
  • Proven ability to set, track, and share product success metrics
  • Experience in developing and implementing product strategies and roadmaps
  • Ability to work closely with designers and developers to identify, follow, and work to a reasonable project plan
  • Experience in content creation is highly valuable
Where do fellows work?
After onboarding at our Toronto headquarters, fellows are embedded full-time with their government hosts — for this cohort, that means fellows will be based in either Ottawa or Toronto.
Can non-citizens apply for the fellowship?

Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents are welcome to apply if they are legally entitled to work in Canada for the duration of the fellowship. We are unable to sponsor candidates for visas.

Positions with some hosting governments may carry security clearance, and therefore citizenship, requirements.

Is the fellowship paid?
Code for Canada fellows earn a pro-rated salary equivalent to $75,000 CDN per year.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for the 2018 fellowship cohort is July 2, 2018 at 9 p.m. EDT.
What's the application process like?

Candidates will be reviewed throughout the summer with a series of technical and nontechnical assessments and interviews. All assessments will take place remotely; you do not need to travel to be considered.

Here’s our timeline:

  • June 11, 2018: application opens
  • July 2, 2018 (9 p.m. EDT): application deadline
  • July and August, 2018: technical and non-technical assessments and interviews
  • Late August, 2018: offers extended to successful candidates
  • Oct. 1, 2018: fellowship onboarding begins
Our commitment to inclusion
Code for Canada encourage applications from candidates who identify as disabled, Aboriginal, or as visible minorities; if this applies to you, feel free to say so in your application. If you require any accommodation measures for the selection process, please let us know.
Other questions?
Curious about the fellowship or want to know more about the application process? Contact Lia Milito at

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