Recruitment of Policy Leaders

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Launch a stimulating and fulfilling career in the federal public service. Become a policy leader and help shape public policies on the most challenging issues of the day.

Successful recruits can work in a variety of unique policy jobs that put their skills to the test, in areas such as the digital economy and economic growth, leading on climate change, anti-poverty, health and foreign policy.

Become a policy leader

The Recruitment of Policy Leaders program recruits accomplished Canadians and permanent residents with the potential to lead positive change and make significant contributions to the federal public service. The program forms a pool of stellar recruits, ready for hiring in a variety of mid- to senior-level policy positions across the federal government.

To qualify, you’ll need a strong record of policy-relevant experience, leadership and academic or research achievement. All disciplines and professional backgrounds are welcome. You’ll also need to be passionate about public policy and ready to drive innovation to address Canada’s most pressing policy challenges.

Are you interested in:

  • developing creative solutions to Canada’s most challenging policy issues?
  • advising senior government officials in a fast-paced environment?
  • joining Canada’s public service in a mid- to senior-level policy position?
  • working on diverse policy issues and charting your own career path based on your interests and expertise?
  • joining a highly connected network of passionate and driven alumni?

As a successful applicant, you’ll join a diverse pool of talented and accomplished academics, scientists and professionals.

Benefits of the program

  • Access opportunities that align with your interests and fields of expertise, in a variety of government departments
  • Work with a mentor to help you network and guide you through the job search and hiring process
  • Be part of a professional network that thrives on challenges and is eager to tackle Canada’s most critical public policy questions
  • Take part in orientation sessions and regular social events, connecting you to other successful candidates and learning opportunities

Selected candidates join the public service in intermediate level roles, typically as senior policy analysts (EC-5 to EC-7, or equivalent groups and levels). Salaries may range from $88,618 to $129,869.


People residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Non-Canadians living in Canada can apply to the program; however, preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, except for jobs in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the veterans’ preference

Read through the requirements to assess whether you would be a good fit for the program.

Diversity equity, and inclusion

The Government of Canada is committed to building a more equitable, diverse and inclusive federal public service. When applying, please consider self-declaring if you are an Indigenous person, a person with a disability, a member of a visible minority or if you identify as a woman. At every step of the process, from the application to the end of the assessment, accommodation measures are available to you. Examples include: accessible environments, different formats, larger fonts, adaptive technology, extra time, individual testing and more. Accommodation measures are designed to remove barriers to ensure a fair assessment, and they allow candidates to fully demonstrate their competencies.

What to expect when you apply

If you meet the requirements at each stage, here’s what you can expect:

  • you’ll receive an invitation to complete a writing assessment, and you’ll be invited to participate in an interview
  • we’ll complete reference checks and validate key information you provide in your application

Hear from our policy leaders

Program alumni will share more information online and host Q&Ainformation sessions throughout the campaign. Visit our GCwiki page for details and registration links.

Shanley Matthews

Masha Cemma, Policy Advisor, Office of the Chief Science Advisor

“The Recruitment of Policy Leaders program landed me a dream job working with the Chief Science Advisor of Canada, a perfect spot to use my science background and hone my policy acumen. I knew it was the opportunity of a lifetime, because the office was brand new when I joined and I was eager to get in on the ground floor. Two years later, I’m part of a big team working on horizontal science initiatives both in Canada and internationally, like Open Science.”

Asha Jibril

Asha Jibril, Senior Policy Advisor, Canadian Human Rights Commission

“As a Senior Policy Advisor, I provide guidance to investigators, mediators and legal counsel on some of the most systemic and complex human rights issues in Canada. I work with a diverse array of community-based organizations to improve access to justice for marginalized groups, conduct research into issues of public interest, and prepare decision-makers for appearances before Parliament and the United Nations. The Recruitment of Policy Leaders program enabled me to pursue a meaningful career in what I am most passionate about.”

Félix Meunier

Félix Meunier, Director, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Transport Canada

“My position allows me to play a prominent role in defining the approach to integrate drones in the life of all Canadians — and I’m not only referring to small drones but to very big ones too, that will eventually be used as urban taxis! Where else could I work on such varied issues for Canadians, feel that I make a difference and meet such incredible people?”

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