Apply to become a member of the Social Innovation Advisory Council

From: Employment and Social Development Canada


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Application period

The application period is from June 12, 2019 to September 13 (23.59 PT), 2019.

Deadline to apply: September 13 (23:59 PT), 2019. Extended

Description of the Call for Applications for the Social Innovation Advisory Council

The Government of Canada is launching a Call for Applications for a Social Innovation Advisory Council of stakeholders to help advance and oversee the implementation of Canada’s Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy with the aim of making real progress towards the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. We invite leaders, practitioners and experts from across social purpose sectors, including the community, cooperative, philanthropic, financial and research sectors, to apply.

This Call for Applications to establish an Advisory Council is a further step by Government to respond to the recommendations by the Co-Creation Steering Group in its report Inclusive innovation: New ideas and new partnerships for stronger communities of August 2018. Over the past year, the Government took steps towards the establishment of a Social Finance Fund and launched the Investment Readiness Program for social purpose organizations to improve their ability to successfully participate in the social finance market.

About the Advisory Council

The Advisory Council will be composed of 12 to 15 members who are external to government and have extensive knowledge of social innovation, social finance, or social procurement practices and are representative of Canada’s diversity. Members will be appointed for a two-year term, with the possibility for renewal.

Government officials may occupy additional seats on the Advisory Council to provide policy, program, legislative and regulatory expertise.


The Advisory Council will provide strategic advice and social innovation and social finance subject matter expertise to the federal government to support social innovation and social finance approaches and growth of social purpose organizations in Canada. The Council will provide an important perspective from within the stakeholder community and report regularly to government on progress and emerging issues in relation to the Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy.

Activities: Typically, members of the Advisory Council will be asked to review documents and will need to be prepared to share views on policy issues and options related to social innovation and social finance. They will be expected to engage their networks and may participate in engagement activities. Members will determine the frequency and type of meetings of the Advisory Council (such as, whether in person, online or through teleconference). On average, members can anticipate spending up to 20 days per year on Advisory Council-related activities. The terms of reference of the Advisory Council will be agreed to by the members during the initial meetings.

Compensation: Members may be remunerated for their work in connection with the Advisory Council. Additionally their travel and accommodation costs will be covered when attending meetings or engagement activities outside their home community.

Who can apply

Individuals applying through this process must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons as per the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

You must be available and willing to commit to participate as an Advisory Council member for the duration of the two-year term of an appointment.

How we assess your application

Merit criteria

Applicants will be assessed based on the following specific selection criteria:

  • Knowledge and expertise in the areas of social innovation, social finance, or social procurement, including those related to social enterprises and the social economy (a social enterprise is an innovative business model, whether not-for-profit or for-profit, that pursues a social, cultural or environmental mission through the sale of goods and services, with the majority of net profits directed back to its mission with limited distribution to shareholders and owners.)
  • Ability to participate constructively in policy discussions and
  • Ability to mobilize networks

Applicants will be asked to describe their level of involvement in relevant organizations, networks, projects or initiatives (for example, duration of their involvement or time commitment, role, etc.), and focus on their own contribution and achieved results, as these elements will be used in the assessment of merit criteria.


To assist us in achieving diversity in the Advisory Council member representation, questions about your field of expertise, sector of affiliation, area of residence, and demographic profile will also be asked. We welcome and encourage applications from a broad cross-section of experts, practitioners, leaders from the not-for-profit and private sectors, as well as members of various groups, including women, LGBTQ2 communities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. Since the Government will consider diversity in assessing candidates, preference may be given to candidates from one or more of the above-mentioned groups that could bring a specific perspective to the table.

What you need to do before you apply

Ensure you read and understand the sections Who can apply, How we assess your application and the Privacy Notice Statement.

Note that the default application process is online. If you require another format, please contact us at

Please note that you cannot save your application online and return to it at another time. We therefore recommend that you prepare all of your answers off-line and cut and paste them into the online questionnaire, and complete the multiple-choice questions, before submitting your final application.

It takes approximately 3 hours to complete the online application form.


Apply to become a member of the Social Innovation Advisory Council by completing the questionnaire:

Complete the questionnaire

After you’ve applied

Applicants may be invited to an interview via videoconference or phone to deepen the assessment of merit criteria.

All applicants will be notified of the results of their application.

Following the completion of the selection process, the Government plans to announce the final membership of the Advisory Council in the fall of 2019.

Contact us

Contact us at the email below if you require another format to submit your application:

By email:

Important: In your email, insert Attention: Social Innovation Advisory Council Applications in the subject field.

By mail: Social Innovation Division
140 Promenade du Portage, 3rd Floor
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0J9

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