The Canadian government is working to make good on its dedication to overhaul its approach to recruiting, nurturing, and deploying digital expertise within the public sector. The aim? To enhance its capacity in delivering cutting-edge digital services that cater to the evolving needs of Canadians.

Making the announcement at the 2024 Digital Government Leaders Summit, the Honourable Anita Anand, President of the Treasury Board, unveiled the much-anticipated Government of Canada (GC) Digital Talent Platform—an innovative online hub designed explicitly for digital and IT professionals seeking opportunities within the governmental sphere.

“Canada’s public service is one of the best in the world — and we must improve the way we attract and retain new talent, especially for digital and IT. The GC Digital Talent Platform will improve the way we recruit digital and IT professionals as we work to better deliver services to Canadians in this digital age,” explained the Honourable Anita Anand, President of the Treasury Board.

This trailblazing platform streamlines the application procedure for individuals specialized in digital and IT fields, presenting them with a user-friendly avenue to explore and apply for various roles within the government. Not stopping there, it also furnishes federal institutions with curated lists of pre-screened candidates, finely attuned to meet their specific digital talent requisites.

Integral to this initiative is the Directive on Digital Talent, a strategic framework crafted to foster the growth and advancement of the digital community within governmental realms. This directive, meticulously shaped through collaborative efforts and insights from stakeholders like the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), underscores the significance of data-driven methodologies in talent acquisition, management, and guidance across governmental bodies.

“We are pleased to see the launch of the Government of Canada’s Digital Talent Platform, developed in consultation with PIPSC. We favour any effort to leverage the skill sets of government employees and streamline the hiring process – ideally reducing the need to hire contractors while full-time permanent jobs sit vacant. This initiative has the potential to deliver on both efficiency and financial prudence, benefiting the government and Canadians alike. This aligns well with our union’s goal of consistent and cost-effective delivery of services,” expressed Jennifer Carr, President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC).

By synergizing the tenets of the Directive on Digital Talent with the functionalities of the GC Digital Talent Platform, the government fortifies its arsenal with the requisite talent and resources crucial for spearheading the delivery of next-generation digital services to the Canadian populace. It’s a visionary step towards a digitally empowered public service, poised to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving digital landscape