RECENT OR POTENTIAL GRADS: Junior Policy Analyst, 2024-2026 Advanced Policy Analyst Program (APAP) – Post-Secondary Recruitment

  • Deadline: November 3, 2023 at 11:59 pm

Job Posting for the Advanced Policy Analyst Program (APAP) 2024-2026 year, beginning on July 2nd, 2024.

Title : Junior Policy Analyst

Number of positions: 12

Pay range : $74,487 to $84,282

Application Close Date: November 3, 11:59PM

Start date: July 2nd, 2024. Full-time, 3 year minimum.

Website to apply: Apply Now – 2024-2026 Advanced Policy Analyst Program (APAP) – Post-Secondary Recruitment (

Job description:

The Advanced Policy Analyst Program (APAP) is seeking highly motivated individuals who have an interest in Canadian public policy and governance, and who possess sound judgment, analytical skills, leadership potential, and the ability to work in a team.

The Program offers four challenging six-month assignments in the three central agencies (Privy Council Office, Finance Canada, and the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat) and a sectoral department (the participant’s sponsoring department) in the National Capital Region. Successful applicants will be matched with a sponsoring department that will represent the participant’s home organization for the duration of the program (two (2) years on rotations and a third year at the sponsoring organization). For a list of the participating departments, please visit the Advanced Policy Analyst Program website.

Participants will have the opportunity to analyze and contribute to a variety of social, economic, and international policy issues. The combination of hands-on work experience and training provides participants with a unique introduction to a challenging and rewarding career, and a chance to serve Canada and Canadians. Upon completion of these program assignments and with a fully satisfactory performance rating, participants are eligible for graduation at the EC-05 level and will be placed in their sponsoring organization.

Departments have transitioned to a hybrid workplace requiring employees to come into the office a few days/week. This hybrid work arrangement will maintain the flexibility and productivity gained through remote work, while maintaining a positive work culture and making the most of the benefits of working together in the office.



In all cases applicants must have recently* obtained or will obtain by June 1, 2025 a Master’s degree, a PhD or a law degree.

A1) Completion of a graduate degree (Master’s or Doctorate) by June 1, 2025** from a recognized post-secondary institution with a specialization in economics, sociology or statistics***.


A2) Completion of a degree in law by June 1, 2025** from a recognized post-secondary institution with a specialization in economics, sociology or statistics***. All law students or graduates must also have completed a bachelor’s degree.

*Definition of Recently  

Recently is defined as within the last three calendar years (2020-2021, 2021-2022 or 2022-2023 inclusively). This clause is only applicable to graduate or postgraduate degree.

**Completion of graduate/postgraduate or law degree  

All degrees must be completed by June 1, 2025; however, for those currently completing their master’s or doctorate degrees, they must be able to demonstrate that all coursework will be successfully completed by June 1, 2024. Successfully completed means completed with grades officially posted by the academic institution.

NOTE: If you are currently completing your doctorate degree and you have a master’s degree you are eligible to apply to the program.

***Specialization in economics, sociology or statistics

In order to meet the acceptable specialization applicants must meet all three (3) following requirements:

1) at least one half-year course in Micro-economics AND at least one half-year course in Macroeconomics (or an equivalent full-year course with both Micro- and Macro-economics)

2) at least two additional half-year OR one full-year course in economics***;

3) at least one additional half-year course in statistics or quantitative analysis or research methods.

***Acceptable courses in economics include, but are not limited to: Canadian Economy/Provincial Economics (e.g., Economy of Quebec), International Trade and Finance, Health Economics, Managerial Economics, Labour Economics, Economic Development, Economic History, Political Economy, Econometrics, and Public Sector Economics.

NOTE: Courses must be at the college (e.g.,cegep) or university level. Only up to two (2) college (e.g., cegep) courses will be accepted for the specialization.


  1. B) Academic Excellence: Applicants must have maintained an average of at least 80% or A-at their last completed degree, either undergraduate or graduate level.

NOTE: Qualifications A) and B) will be validated. You may be asked to provide copies of your transcripts at a later step in the assessment process. When asked you will need to provide ALL your university transcripts (indicating university, course titles, number of credits, grades, year taken); including a list of all courses you will be taking this academic year, if applicable. Proof of Canadian equivalency for degrees obtained outside of Canada will be required prior to any offer of employment. For more information, please refer to the Government of Canada’s website:  Degree equivalency


Experience which demonstrates leadership through academic, volunteer work, extracurricular activities, or employment (including student employment, which involves a continuing commitment or effort that shows you worked towards a common goal to help/support or build your community or those around you.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications) 


Academic scholarship(s) or Award(s) received: Academic scholarship(s) or award(s), such as admission scholarships, international scholarships, or other excellence scholarships or awards. Please note, bursaries do not constitute an academic scholarship or award of excellence.

The following will be applied/assessed at a later date (essential for the job):


Various language requirements

English or French Essential

Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB, CBC/CBC

Information on language requirements


  • Knowledge of public policy issues facing Canada
  • Knowledge of economic implications of public policy issues


  • Analytical thinking
  • Judgment
  • Effective people skills and collaboration
  • Effective oral communication
  • Written communication
  • Managing workload
  • Values and ethics
  • Respectful of diversity


In support of achieving a diverse workforce, consideration may be given to candidates self-identifying as belonging to one of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and women.


Depending on the position to staff, operational requirements could apply such as:

  • Willingness and ability to work overtime with short notice
  • Willingness and ability to travel in Canada and abroad

Conditions of employment: 

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