Careers in the Strategic Policy Sector

The Strategic Policy Sector (SPS) provides Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada sound policy advice based on strong analytics. SPS needs dynamic and creative individuals with backgrounds in economics, political science, law, engineering and public policy. Join us in building the framework for a strong, resilient economy to take Canada into the future and enhance the lives of generations of Canadians to come.

A workplace of choice

SPS is committed to offering a rewarding work environment with opportunity for career advancement and mobility, as well as professional development, through courses, conferences and language training. SPS values diversity in the workforce and is committed to selection based on merit by ensuring the full participation of women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and persons in visible minority groups.

Career Development Program

SPS is committed to the development of its employees. The EC Career Development Program (CDP) is a program for Economists and Policy Analysts that enables guided professional development and opportunities for career progression.

The primary objectives of the program are to ensure that SPS attracts, develops and retains the talent it needs to continue to deliver its internal services with excellence. Through the program, the employees acquire the necessary combination of knowledge, competencies and experience to succeed at each level. It also enables the sector management team to encourage development and rigorously assess participants’ performance and merit for progression, while respecting the public service staffing values of transparency, fairness and accessibility.

SPS Official Languages Initiative

The Strategic Policy Sector’s Official Languages Initiative promotes the visibility, adoption and use of Canada’s two official languages in the workplace, with the objective of making the Sector a bilingual work environment, a departmental leader in language training policy, and a workplace of choice within the public service.

Visibility—awareness initiatives for prospective and current sector employees.

Adoption and Use—full and part time language training, linguistic mentoring, library resources, and bilingual events.

SPS Young Professionals Network

The Strategic Policy Sector Young Professionals Network (SPSYPN) aims to enhance the development and participation of young professionals in SPS. Dynamic, open to new ideas and supported by senior management, the SPSYPN undertakes many activities, including

  • orientation for new employees;
  • networking events where young professionals can meet and exchange ideas with colleagues and managers;
  • training sessions on career development and other topics;
  • representation of young professionals’ interests on SPS committees;
  • participation in department-wide initiatives for young professionals; and
  • social get-togethers after work.

The SPSYPN is always eager to welcome new people to join with us.

The organization

SPS offers rewarding opportunities to apply your knowledge and experience to the solution of real-world problems through the following organizations: