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Participate in the Summer Leadership Program

Young Canadians are the building blocks for our future, and our government is providing them with invaluable experiences that will prepare them for the decades to come.

Every year, young leaders from coast to coast to coast come to Ottawa to participate in the Summer Leadership Program (SLP), which allows them to work in MP offices, Ministers’ offices, and even the Prime Minister’s office.

The deadline to apply for SLP is February 2, 2024.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, participants must meet all the following criteria:

  • Have a valid Canadian address.
  • Be able to work full-time in Canada.
  • Be able to start the program full-time, in-person as of May 6, 2024.
  • Be able to find housing and travel accommodations for themselves.
  • Demonstrate an interest in politics and the government.

While there is no age restriction, most SLP participants were between 18-26 years old, but we encourage any and all talented future leaders to apply. All applications will be reviewed, as long as they are able to work full-time.

How do I apply?

By visiting the SLP website, you can begin the application process before February 2, 2024, which includes:

  • Submitting an updated resume.
  • Providing two references.
  • Sharing your top skills and any volunteer, professional, and political experience that you may have.
  • Providing your permanent home address.

Following this first stage, your application will be connected to relevant offices that will be responsible for interviewing and hiring you directly.

References should be from individuals who can speak positively about your skills and achievements. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Current and/or past employers and managers
  • Co-workers
  • Leaders of non-partisan, volunteer, or non-profit organizations
  • Professors/teachers
  • Members of Parliament.

Your references are not required to provide a letter; however, all references will be checked.

What happens after I apply?

Only successful candidates will be contacted by the specific office regarding their employment details. After this, you are expected to find housing accommodations in Ottawa for the summer and travel accommodations to and from.

This a full-time, paid, in-person position. Successful applicants must be in Ottawa for the first 8 weeks of the program (May 6 – June 28). The second half (July 2 – August 23) will have different options for virtual, in-person, or hybrid experiences, depending on the office and position. Make sure to clarify with your office what your plans are for the second half of the program.

During the program, you will carry a variety of responsibilities that vary depending on the office. This could include researching, writing, general administration tasks, coordinating meetings, engaging with stakeholders, and more.

I encourage those eligible to submit their application as soon as possible to take advantage of this opportunity to learn, grow, and connect with other emerging young leaders.

I wish everyone the best of luck with their applications.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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