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The Policy Community Conference 2020

The Annual Policy Community Conference
is on March 4th and 5th, 2020.

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The common purpose of policy practitioners in Canada’s public service is to be modern, relevant and responsive in how we work to address the needs of Canadians.

What does that mean? For the Policy Community, it means we need to be networked across departments and agencies and beyond, with awareness and skill with emerging approaches for doing our work. It also means that our policy advice-shaping efforts must keep sight of being timely, having impact and be attuned to our complex and diverse evolving context. 

For policy excellence, we need to convene, enable, and share knowledge between policy shapers and influencers. That is why we are formalizing support for the Policy Community to make it easier to find support, share experiences, collaborate, build skills, bridge the gap between policy and delivery, and improve outcomes for Canadians.

Our approach to community is all inclusive: If you are working to improve the way we tackle the challenges and issues that affect Canadians, you are part of shaping policy. (This includes Federal, Provincial/Territorial and Municipal Public Service, international governments, innovation hubs and labs, academics, and think tanks).

In 2017, the Clerk of the Privy Council, named two champions to support the Community and staff a small Policy Community Partnership Office to help deliver supports for the Community.

If you have questions on how to get involved, or would like more information, please email us:

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Report

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Visit the Policy Community GCCollab page
Visit the Policy Community's Twitter profile
Send an email to the Policy Community


The Policy Community Conference is the Policy Community's gathering of the year!

Making integrated policy requires bringing together the right people with the right approach.

The Annual Policy Community Conference is about just that. It’s a place for policy makers and shapers from across the federal public service and beyond to connect, learn, and explore topics around modern policy making, together.

Policy Community Conference 2020
March 4th OR 5th

The 2020 Conference is trying something new: due to overwhelming demand from previous years, we are offering a one-day program, twice on back-to-back dates. The conference will be held in Ottawa (111 Sussex Drive) and available virtually.

Come to make connections, be inspired, learn and practice! A mix of learning opportunities will be offered through keynote speakers, workshops, a panel and activities.

The theme of this year's Policy Community Conference is "Integrated Policy: Let's Dance!" It will explore integrated policy between policy practitioners across the policy cycle, between departments within the federal government, and between the federal government and the broader policy ecosystem.

There are no registration costs for the 2020 Policy Community Conference. The program will be bilingual (e.g. simultaneous translation of speakers and bilingual sessions). There are ways to participate in the conference no matter where you are.

The Policy Community activities like the Annual Conference are made possible thanks to funding from 30+ government departments and agencies. Here is the list as of January 2020. To find the departmental ticket coordinator, click on "Contact" next to the name to send them a message .

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Canada Council for the Arts
Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
Canada Northern Economic Development Agency
Canada School of Public Service
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Canadian Heritage
Communications Security Establishment
Department of Justice Canada
Employment and Social Development Canada
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
Fisheries and Oceans Canada/Canadian Coast Guard
Global Affairs Canada
Health Canada
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Infrastructure Canada
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Natural Resources Canada
Privy Council Office
Public Health Agency of Canada
Shared Services Canada
Statistics Canada
Transport Canada
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Western Economic Diversification Canada

Win your way to the Conference!

We will be holding a Policy Artifact Story Contest for your chance to win a ticket to the upcoming Policy Community Conference!

Do you have a story about Integrated Policy that you want to share? The winning contestants will receive a ticket to the conference and have their artifacts showcased. This contest is open to everyone, inside and outside of the Government of Canada.

Check back soon for contest opening.

Join our waitlist!

Our waitlist for general admission will open on February 5th, 2020. This waitlist is open to everyone, inside and outside the Government of Canada.Joining the waitlist does not guarantee you a spot in the conference. Only those the waitlist who receive a spot will be directly contact, no sooner than February 24th.

We highly recommend entering our Policy Artifact Story Contest for a better chance of securing a spot

Participate virtually!

Even if you are not able to attend in-person, you can still participate in the Policy Community Conference! We will be webcasting the keynote speakers and the panel so you will get the chance to watch the conference LIVE! Better yet, ask your departmental ticket coordinator if they are hosting group viewing of the conference near you. More information about virtual participation will be released in the coming weeks.

Visit the Conference 2020 site

Information on our previous conferences

Visit the Policy Community Conference 2019 website
Conference 2019
Visit the Policy Community Conference 2018 website
Conference 2018

Conference in a box

The Conference-in-a-Box  is designed to provide you with the materials that you need to organize a two-day mini-conference with your colleagues.

Your mini-conference can include:

  • Group viewing of the webcasted portions of the Conference 
  • A choice of group exercises that you can conduct with the participants of your mini-conference

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