How to be digital in the Canadian public service
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  1. Boot camp essentials
  2. What you’ll learn
  3. How you’ll learn
  4. How to register
  5. Weekly lessons
  6. Our partners

Boot camp essentials

Who can participate: All levels of Canada’s public service, civil society and academia (if you’re not already an Apolitical member you’ll also need to sign up when you register)

Boot camp starts: 21 January, 2020
Length of boot camp: 10 weekly lessons (ending the week of 23 March – plus an optional webinar on 2 April)
Your time commitment: A maximum of 10 minutes per week to earn a certificate of completion

Cost: Free!

What you’ll learn

You’ll learn:

1. How to apply the culture and values of digital workplaces — even if you don’t work in tech
2. The top trends driving digital transformation worldwide
3. Best practices for working better — like Agile, human-centred design and Lean

See the list of weekly lessons at the bottom of the page for each week’s topic.

How you’ll learn

We’ve packaged hands-on activities, case studies, videos and reading lists into short lessons.

You’ll get an email on a different digital-government topic each week for 10 weeks – from 21 January to 24 March. Each email will include links to:

  • a required 10-minute (maximum) reading or video, plus one or more related discussion questions
  • additional optional resources and discussion questions

You can tackle the questions on your own or – even better – team up in a small group so you can discuss the topics as you learn.

You’ll also have the opportunity to join 2 webinars (weeks 3 and 7) where you can connect directly with digital government subject matter experts and fellow boot camp participants from across the country.

At the end of the 10 weeks – as long as you complete all the required readings or videos – you’ll get a certificate of completion.

How to Register



Open to all participants from the public service, civil society, and academia. If you are not yet a member of Apolitical, you will be taken to a signup page that will automatically register you for the boot camp.


Weekly lessons

Week 1 (January 21): Defining digital government
Learn what digital is (and what it isn’t) and how it applies to government.

Week 2 (January 28): Digital government in Canada
Find out what provincial and federal governments are doing to drive change.

Week 3 (February 4): Digital government across the globe
Get a snapshot of global approaches to government transformation, plus Webinar 1 on Thursday, February 6.

Week 4 (February 11): Learning from failure
Why we should learn from failure.

Week 5 (February 18): Shifting to a digital culture
How to shift government towards a digital-first culture.

Week 6 (February 25): Using user-centred processes to find digital solutions
Learn about the user-centred methodologies that make government services work better.

🗹 Week 7 (March 3): Using agile, lean and other new practices to develop digital products
Customer journeys that may need to change to provide the best overall experience, plus Webinar 2 on Thursday, March 5.

🗹 Week 8 (March 10): How technology is shaping the future of governments
What’s shaping the future of government.

🗹 Week 9 (March 17): Committing to digital-first government
Practical things you can do to change government.

🗹 Week 10 (March 24): The future of digital government and being a part of it
Get tips to stay on top of the digital government movement, and join your peers for the final webinar.

🌎 Complete all 10 weeks in the boot camp and you’ll receive an Apolitical certificate of completion to share with your team and manager.

Our partners

To co-create this boot camp, we’ve partnered with Canadian public servants. Thank you to the following partners for their contributions:

  • Project lead: Ontario Digital Service (Ontario Government)
  • Canada School of Public Service Digital Academy (Government of Canada)
  • BCDevExchange (British Columbia Public Service)
  • Digital Innovation Office (Government of Alberta)
  • Government of Manitoba – Digital Transformation Group
  • Nova Scotia Digital Service
  • Government of Saskatchewan – Digital Strategy and Operations, IT Division Group
  • Government of Yukon – eServices for Citizens