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Policy Analyst Recruitment and Development Program

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Are you looking to put your skills to use to help shape some of Canada's key policy issues? Do you strive for excellence and want the opportunity to build a rewarding career with a diverse portfolio? The Policy Analyst Recruitment and Development Program (PARDP) wants you!

What is PARDP?

The Policy Analyst Recruitment and Development Program (PARDP) is Natural Resources Canada's signature accelerated development program for Master's and Ph.D. graduates. Program participants learn how to effectively manage their careers and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become leaders in policy. Upon successful completion of the program, PARDPs will graduate at the EC-05 level.

Program highlights

As a PARDP you can:

  • advise decision-makers on post-COVID recovery efforts, balancing economic, environmental, and social goals
  • collaborate with other countries, provinces and territories, universities, the private sector, and more
  • consult Indigenous groups on major resource projects, programs and/or strategic policy
  • promote energy efficiency in homes and buildings
  • support the research and development of innovative technologies in energy, mining, and forestry
  • contribute to climate change adaptation policy and research
  • promote sustainable mining practices in Canada and abroad
  • provide economic analysis to support the sustainable development of Canada’s natural resource sector

How it works

Year 1 – EC-03 rotation

Welcome to the program and your first rotation! There’s so much to learn.

Year 2 – EC-04 rotation

Rotate! Let’s get started on year two. You will face new opportunities as you begin work on new policy files.

Indeterminate EC-05 job

Congratulations! You have now graduated from PARDP!

What PARDP can offer you

  • full-time, permanent federal government employment
  • diverse experience in a fast-paced environment
  • accelerated development through two 12 month assignments
  • work on national and international issues
  • access to senior leaders and decision-makers
  • continuous support and opportunities for career development
  • language training
  • competitive compensation and benefits
    • starting salary at the EC-03 level (from $67,651)
  • upon successful completion, graduates at the EC-05 level (from $88,618 to $101,999)
  • flexible start dates (May, September and January)
  • relocation costs up to $5000

Program requirements


Graduation with a Master's Degree or PhD from a recognized post-secondary institution that will be completed no later than December 31, 2021, with a combination of three half undergraduate or graduate courses in economics, sociology or statistics.


All positions are in the National Capital Region, a vibrant cosmopolitan area with endless activities, events, festivals and miles of nature to explore.

Message from ADM Frank Des Rosiers

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As the PARDP champion, I am proud of the talent this program attracts, and of the strong reputation it has developed within NRCan and beyond. As NRCan’s flagship recruitment program, PARDP provides a unique opportunity to develop the core competencies required to become a strong policy-analyst and dedicated public servant. As a result, many of our PARDPs have emerged from the program as exceptional leaders and policy professionals.

I have worked with many of our PARDPs and I am consistently impressed by the variety of skill-sets and perspectives that they bring to the Department. As we advance important files related to the environment, the economy, reconciliation, and innovation, we need competent, enthusiastic, and creative individuals. PARDP continues to recruit such people to support the Department’s work in these areas.

What participants are saying

Chloe Elias

Chloe Elias (PARDP 2018)
Energy Technology Sector

Masters of Public Policy & Administration, Carleton University

PARDP has been an incredible opportunity to kick start my career in the public service and meaningfully contribute to diversity and inclusion work. Through well-matched placements, I have been able to apply my Gender Studies degree and background in social policy to my day-to-day work and at the same time had support from managers to co-found a Pride Network with colleagues. Now that I’ve finished PARDP, I work on programs that support renewable energy projects in Indigenous and remote communities.

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