Apply to be a Code for Canada fellow today! Applications are open until July 17.

Become a Fellow

How It Works

The Code for Canada fellowship is open to web 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.

As a Code for Canada fellow, you’ll help build a public service that’s more user-centred, efficient, accessible and inclusive. 

Our government partners for this cohort are the Canadian Armed Forces and Employment and Social Development Canada, both located in Ottawa, and the Canada Energy Regulator, headquartered in Calgary. 

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 users’ needs. Their output demonstrates what’s possible when the latest digital methods are applied to important civic challenges.

“The fellowship is a chance to bring your skills to a whole new audience and work on a national scale. That’s an incredible opportunity that most people don’t get in their careers.”

Siobhan Özege

2018 Code for Canada Fellow

2020 Fellowship Challenges

 

“Every members’ experience is different as they navigate transition … what we’re looking to do is build a system of transition in the digital and virtual space that empowers them.”

Col. Kevin Cameron

Director Transition Services & Policy, Canadian Armed Forces

Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group

Every year, between 10,000 to 12,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces leave the military and re-enter civilian life. As a Code for Canada fellow with the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group (CAF TG), you’ll help make the experience of transition easier, more user-centred and effective. You’ll play a key role in building a one-stop shop for outgoing members and their families, helping them find and access benefits—from education and training to healthcare and more—and empowering them to take their best next step into the future.

 

“Working in the public sector is hard, but the problems we face are society wide. When you make a difference in government, you make a difference for everyone.”

Pia Andrews

Digital & Client Data Workstream Lead, Employment & Social Development Canada

Employment & Social Development Canada

Employment and Social Development Canada is recruiting two teams of fellows to explore how emerging technologies and methods could reshape how social benefits are delivered to Canadians—both on the back-end of policy, and the front-end of user experience. As a fellow at ESDC, your work will help make the department more responsive to community needs and voices, and give residents greater autonomy over how they interact with and receive public benefits.

 

“We want to improve the way people’s views are heard and considered. Improvements to our systems and tools will help everyone participate and lead to better projects going forward.”

Paula Futoransky

Vice President of Energy Adjudication, Canada Energy Regulator

Canada Energy Regulator

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) regulates pipelines and powerlines, energy development, and trade in the Canadian public interest. As a Code for Canada fellow at the CER, you’ll research and prototype new digital engagement tools. Your work will help the organization support and enhance how it consults with stakeholders, Indigenous Peoples and the public on energy projects.

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 Summit.

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).

Fatima Khalid

Fatima Khalid

Developer, 2018

Fatima worked with Transport Canada to prototype tools to help new drone pilots fly safely and legally. After her fellowship, she became the Developer Programs Engineer at Pantheon in San Francisco.

“Working in government is an exciting opportunity to build something that many Canadians or residents might use.”

Andrea Hill

Andrea Hill

UX Designer, 2019

Andrea worked with Public Services and Procurement Canada to reimagine the government travel experience. After her fellowship, she joined Transport Canada in a senior design role.

“Joining Code for Canada as a fellow lets me play a role in shaping the country and the society that I want to live in.”

Russell Hoy

Russell Hoy

Developer, 2019

Russell worked with the City of Toronto to help staff connect residents experiencing homelessness with stable housing. Prior to becoming a Code for Canada fellow, he was a web developer at Rangle.io

“The fellowship is a chance to do impactful work while getting a crash course in how government works.”

Seyi Taylor

Seyi Taylor

Product Manager, 2020

Seyi is working with Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to help growers use data to combat pests and safeguard the environment. Prior to his fellowship, he was a startup founder in both tech and media.

“The fellowship is an opportunity to gain experience in civic tech, and learn how to build consensus in spaces that really matter.”

How will COVID-19 impact the fellowship?

The Code for Canada fellowship is a 10-month journey, during which fellows are expected to be co-located with their government hosts. Working in-person facilitates the capacity building, knowledge exchange and collaboration that is at the core of the fellowship.

We are continuing to monitor public health guidelines at the federal and provincial levels, and are optimistic that public servants—and fellows—will return to their offices during the fellowship. However, there is a possibility that the early stages of this fellowship, including onboarding, may be conducted remotely.

We care deeply about the health and wellbeing of all Code for Canada staff and partners, and will keep prospective fellows informed of our plans throughout the application process.

The Details

Who are the fellows?

Fellows are mission-driven digital professionals with skills in web development, product management and user experience research and 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 residents

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

What makes a great web development fellow?
  • Proficient with front-end and back-end web development.
  • 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
Can non-citizens apply for the fellowship?

Fellows who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents must hold a valid work permit at the time of their application, and remain eligible to work in Canada for the duration of the fellowship. We may ask to review supporting documentation to determine eligibility during the assessment process.

Please note that we are unable to sponsor fellows for work permits in Canada.

Our commitment to inclusion

Code for Canada values an environment that is free of discrimination, respects difference, and allows employees to bring their whole selves to work. We strongly encourage individuals from under-represented groups to apply.

Other questions?

Curious about the fellowship or want to know more about the application process? Contact Douglas Vidal-Hernández at douglas@codefor.ca.

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

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.

For this cohort, placements are in Ottawa and Calgary.

How will COVID-19 impact the fellowship?

The Code for Canada fellowship is a 10-month journey, during which fellows are expected to be co-located with their government hosts. Working in-person facilitates the capacity building, knowledge exchange and collaboration that is at the core of the fellowship.

We are continuing to monitor public health guidelines at the federal and provincial levels, and are optimistic that public servants—and fellows—will return to their offices during the fellowship. However, there is a possibility that the early stages of this fellowship, including onboarding, may be conducted remotely.

We care deeply about the health and wellbeing of all Code for Canada staff and partners, and will keep prospective fellows informed of our plans throughout the application process.

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. 

When is the application deadline?

We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until July 17, 2020 at 1 p.m. EDT.

What's the application process like?

Candidates will be reviewed and assessed through a series of technical and nontechnical activities and interviews. All assessments will take place remotely; you do not need to travel to be considered.

Here’s our timeline:

  • July 17, 2020: Deadline for fellowship applications
  • July – September 2020: Technical and non-technical assessments and interviews
  • Mid-September: Offers extended to successful candidates
  • Early November 2020: Fellowship onboarding begins

Apply to be a Code for Canada fellow

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

Start your fellowship journey today by clicking on the application stream below that represents your strongest skills and experience. Please note: we ask that applicants only apply in one stream. 

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