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

Contact Us

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 Policy Community Conference is the Policy Community's gathering of the year! It is an opportunity for policy practitioners from across the federal public service and beyond to connect, be inspired, learn and practice, together.

You can expect a mix of dynamic learning opportunities offered through international speakers, interactive workshops and unexpected activities.

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 (March 4th or 5th). This will allow almost twice as many participants to attend the 2020 Conference in-person compared to 2019. The program for the two dates will be identical. There is no cost to register.

The Conference will be held in Ottawa at 111 Sussex Drive and available virtually no matter where you are.

Come prepared to engage and be engaged!

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

Learn more