About the APAP

Participants gain knowledge and first-hand experience by rotating through a series of four challenging six-month placements across the three central agencies—the Privy Council Office, the Department of Finance, and the Treasury Board Secretariat—and a line department in the National Capital Region (typically the participant's sponsoring department).

During these placements, participants will have an opportunity to analyze and impact on a variety of social, economic and international policy issues and gain work experience that would otherwise take the better part of a career to develop. The combination of hands-on work experience and training provides participants with a unique introduction to a rewarding career and a chance to serve Canada and Canadians.

Benefits of the Program

In addition to having one of the most unique and privileged opportunities to begin a career in the federal public service, participants will become part of a dedicated network of intelligent, driven, and committed public servants two decades in the making.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work on fast-paced and engaging policy topics that have a real impact on the lives of Canadians. Throughout the process, participants will gain:

  • an understanding of the Cabinet and parliamentary systems
  • an understanding of the roles of central agencies and line departments
  • exposure to the overall functioning of government
  • exposure to a variety of policy areas and policy making
  • exposure to the expenditure management process
  • opportunities to hone soft skills
  • an effective network of colleagues and program alumni across government

Upon completion of the program, APAP participants have become valuable assets for the government—able to develop and analyze policies, play the central agency challenge function, and successfully navigate the policy development process.

Promotion Progression

Participants are hired at the EC-03 group and level ($59,756) and, based on performance, progress to the EC-04 level ($64,505-$74,647) after one year, and graduate at the EC-05 level ($77,118-$88,764) after 24 months. Participants are required to obtain a fully satisfactory rating after each placement and be successful at the promotion board interview, which is held after 12 months of participation. Participants graduate at the EC-05 level after 2 years, provided all conditions have been met. Upon graduation, participants are placed in their sponsoring department at the EC-05 level.

Anticipated participating departments: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Canada Revenue Agency; Canadian Food Inspection Agency; Employment and Social Development Canada; Environment and Climate Change Canada; Finance Canada; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Global Affairs Canada; Health Canada; Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada; Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada; Natural Resources Canada; Privy Council Office; Transport Canada; Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat; Western Economic Diversification Canada.