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.

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 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

Measurement Canada

Fellows at Measurement Canada will help the agency adapt to the rapidly changing world of measurement. They’ll design digital tools that enable inspectors to more efficiently and collaboratively assess the accuracy of devices like self-serve checkouts and gas pumps. Fellows’ work will build digital capacity at Measurement Canada and help maintain trust and fairness in the Canadian marketplace.


Transport Canada - Marine Safety

Marine transportation is an industry that moves 90 per cent of all trade goods in Canada. Fellows at Transport Canada will help the Ministry ensure those who crew vessels on our waterways are properly trained and certified. They’ll work with the Marine Safety team to transform the in-person, pen and paper certification process into a simple and secure digital experience for both seafarers and staff.

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs

Ontario farmers contribute nearly $40 billion to the provincial economy every year and put food on tables across Canada. Fellows at Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will support growers by making data about pests and other crop threats more integrated, accessible and actionable. Their work will help farmers protect their crops, their businesses, and the environment. This project is funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. 

Transport Canada - Intermodal Surface Security & Emergency Preparedness

Every Canadian who works at a marine port or airport  must apply for and receive a security clearance. Fellows working with Transport Canada’s Intermodal Surface Security and Emergency Preparedness team will help adapt this process for the digital age. Their work will improve the experience for workers, reduce costly delays, and support the security of our national transportation network.

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. 


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).

Fatima Khalid

Fatima Khalid

Developer, 2018

Fatima is working with Transport Canada to prototype tools that will help new drone pilots fly safely and legally. Prior to the fellowship, she was a technical lead at Digital Echidna.

“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 is working with Public Services and Procurement Canada to reimagine the government travel experience. Prior to the fellowship, she was a senior designer at LexisNexis and led an innovation team at ReadyTalk.

“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.”

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.”

Russell Hoy

Russell Hoy

Developer, 2019

Russell is working with the City of Toronto to build products that help staff connect residents experiencing homelessness with stable housing. Prior to becoming a Code for Canada fellow, he was a web developer at

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

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.

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 Guelph.

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 August 25, 2019 at 11:59 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 25, 2019: Applications open
  • Aug. 25, 2019: Deadline for fellowship applications
  • August – October 2019: Technical and non-technical assessments and interviews
  • ~Nov. 1, 2019: Offers extended to successful candidates
  • January 2020: Fellowship onboarding begins
Other questions?

Curious about the fellowship or want to know more about the application process? Contact Meha Shah at

You can also find a .pdf 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?

Applications are currently closed, but if you let us know you’re interested we’ll contact you ahead of our next recruitment. 

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