Ever wonder why some rules exist and how they shape the world?
This series features Action Canada Fellows’ experience with public policy and their diverse perspectives. They’ll introduce the main elements of public policy, so that participants emerge with a better understanding of the policy-making process and how to engage in it.
The Policy 101 series breaks down the elements of public policy into digestible, engaging modules, that include videos, podcasts, and teacher guides, with real world examples to illustrate the concepts.
Our supporters and partners
Become an Action Canada Fellow
Learn more about how you can become a more effective leader, affect policy making in Canada and join a community of change makers.
Applications for the 2023-24 Fellowship year are now closed.
Action Canada Community
More than 250 outstanding Canadians whose talents, experiences and perspectives represent the mosaic of our country have been Action Canada Fellows, connected through shared experiences in communities across Canada. Action Canada Alumni form a community that aims to make positive impacts on public policy across the country and around the globe. Action Canada is about today’s leaders nurturing the next generation of leadership in Canada.
Learn more about the leaders who are part of this unique community.
Discover Our Fellows & Alumni
Each year we select up to 20 emerging leaders to become Action Canada Fellows. They are the top candidates from a nationwide call for applications, hailing from major cities and smaller communities such as Carcross, Yukon; Witless Bay, NL and Fermont, QC.
They represent all sectors, including business, NGOs, science, government and academia. What they share in common is a commitment to Canada and a demonstrated engagement with public policy.
Discover our Fellows from this year and past years.
Read our most recent policy papers
Each year, Fellows are inspired by a critical policy issue that they examine over the term of the Fellowship. Working in teams, Fellows select, analyze and research an important question. They confer with national experts, establish partnerships with stakeholders, and publish a policy report that feeds innovative ideas into the public policy ecosystem. Many of their recommendations have influenced federal and provincial policy, sparked new organizations and helped improve the lives of Canadians.
Read this year’s policy ideas by Action Canada Fellows on place-based approaches to the future of work.
Our Most Recent Policy Papers
Blogs & vlogs
Action Canada in numbers
- 262 Action Canada Fellows from more than 82 different communities across Canada;
- More than 100 communities in Canada visited;
- More than 800 impactful dialogues among Fellows and community leaders;
- 17 years of Fellowship programming excellence;
- 48 ground-breaking policy papers written; and
- One million connections made.