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Improved services, better outcomes

The Code for Canada fellowship is based on successful programs run by organizations like Code for America and Code for Australia. These groups have found the brightest and most passionate minds in technology, sent them into their respective governments, and enabled them to build great digital public services. Their fellows have made a lasting and measurable impact on the lives of residents, whether helping them access social services, seek justice or find employment.

Social services: GetCalFresh

GetCalFresh is an online application developed by Code for America, which helps Californians access healthy food through the state’s food stamp program. Code for America fellows redesigned the application portal for the program, reducing the time needed to apply by 80 per cent, and making the process easier, more accessible, and ultimately more respectful of residents.

Economic development: BizPort

BizPort helps aspiring entrepreneurs in Long Beach, California, navigate the steps to start a small business. The previous process to obtain permits was piecemeal and cumbersome for business owners and city staff. Code for America fellows gathered the necessary information in one, easy-to-use online application that lets entrepreneurs spend less time on paperwork and more time growing their business.

Access to justice: Legal Aid Checker

Victoria Legal Aid provides legal assistance to over 200,000 Australians every year, and demand for their services is growing. Code for Australia fellows developed an online triaging app that helps residents find the legal assistance they need, while saving the agency time and resources. The application is expected to save 30 hours of staff time per week.

Reducing barriers: Clear My Record

In the United States, a criminal record can prevent you from getting a job, finding a home or applying for student aid. Code for America fellows, in partnership with the Government of California, developed an online application that makes it easier for people with low-level convictions to clear their criminal records and move forward with their lives.

Employment outcomes: Work Forward NOLA

Code for America fellows are working with the City of New Orleans to connect job seekers to local workforce programs. The Work Forward NOLA portal features an online career assessment tool to help residents make the most of their job search. Fellows have also developed an online tool for employers that helps them improve job postings and reach qualified candidates.

Disaster relief: PDMA Reporting

Natural disasters are a significant — and tragic — problem in the Pakistani province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In 2015, Code for Pakistan fellows developed a web application for the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), improving the agency’s monitoring efforts. The online tool allows the PDMA to track casualties and property damage, and helps them deliver relief efforts faster and more efficiently.

Public transit: Mapatón CDMX

Code for Mexico City fellows developed a mobile game where players score points by collecting data about the city’s complex and chaotic public transit system. The work done by the fellows — and the players — resulted in the first ever map of Mexico City’s bus routes.

Urban planning consultation: Streetmix

In 2013, San Francisco’s Public Works Department was still using paper cutouts to illustrate changes to street design at public consultations. To help modernize the process and improve public feedback, Code for America fellows developed Streetmix, an online tool that lets residents visually reimagine their roadways. The innovative consultation tool has since been used by other U.S. cities, and was translated into Spanish for use in Mexico City.

Hear from the experts

At Code for Canada, we believe connecting talented tech and design professionals with government teams is the fastest and most effective route to great digital public services — but you don’t have to take our word for it! Hear from Ontario Chief Digital Officer Hillary Hartley, and Becca Blazak, a former Program Manager at Code for America and an accomplished Code for Australia fellow, about the impacts of fellowship.

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