The Policy Community Conference is open to everyone!
Given this year’s Conference theme, “Integrated Policy: Let’s Dance!”, we recognize a greater need for multiple perspectives. As such, we welcome a diverse range of participants from the federal public service and beyond.
There are no registration fees for this Conference. Any applicable travel/accommodations costs are the responsibility of the participant or their organization.
There are several ways to obtain a ticket to the in-person Conference, or you can participate in the Conference virtually from anywhere across Canada.
Federal Departmental Tickets
The Policy Community activities, including the Conference, are made possible thanks to funding from over 30 federal departments and agencies. The funding departments received an allotment of tickets for the Conference to distribute to their employees as they see fit.
If you are a federal public servant, click here to see if your department/agency has tickets available.
Here is the list of departments that fund the Policy Community (as of February 2020). To find your departmental ticket coordinator, click on "Contact" next to the name to send them a message.
If you work in a funding department but have not obtained one of the designated tickets for your department, or if you do NOT work in a federal department that funds the Policy Community, please see below for ways to participate in the Conference.
Tickets for Non-Federal Government Attendees
To ensure diversity of perspectives and connections with the broader policy ecosystem, the Policy Community Partnership Office, at its discretion, will distribute a certain number of tickets to organizations and individuals outside the federal public service. For example, provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous organizations, policy think tanks, NGO practitioners, and academia (faculty, staff and students) are invited to attend.
If you are not a federal public servant and are interested in attending the Conference in-person, please email email@example.com, share why you are keen to attend and whether you are available on March 4th or 5th or both dates.
Add yourself to our waitlist! - Waitlist open to all
Our waitlist for general admission is open! Anyone, inside and outside of the Government of Canada, can join the waitlist to attend the Conference in-person.
You can join the waitlist even if you are waiting to hear back from your departmental coordinator about a ticket designated for funding departments.
Joining the waitlist does not guarantee you a spot in the Conference. Spots will be given to people on the waitlist at the Policy Community Partnership Office’s discretion to create a more diverse range of participants from the federal public service and beyond.
Only those on the waitlist who receive a spot will be directly contacted via email after February 20th, in which you will have 24 hours to register.
Depending on your availability, please add yourself to one or both dates of the Conference.
Virtual participation no matter where you are.
If you are not able to attend in-person, you can participate in the Conference in an engaging way! All sessions from the main room will be webcasted. As such, you will get the chance to watch the conference LIVE, ask questions virtually and participate in interactive sessions!
The link to the webcast will be available on this website on the day of the Conference.
Please note that the Conference is a ONE-DAY program offered twice on back-to-back dates (March 4th and 5th) and the content will be identical on both days.
There are currently two options for virtual participation: individual and group viewing. Neither requires registration and there is no cost.
Certain departments have reserved boardrooms to enable group viewing of the Conference. For employees of Policy Community funding departments, you may wish to ask your departmental ticket coordinator if they are hosting group viewing. Or you may host your own by booking a boardroom with webcasting capability and invite colleagues to join you!
In addition to webcasting, some of our content collaborators from previous years’ conferences designed activity kits that groups can run on their own. We encourage you to use the Conference in a Box activities during the breaks when the webcast is not live. The Conference in a Box remains available year-round.