The latest news from Code for Canada, and updates on the country's growing civic tech movement. 
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CODE FOR CANADA New staff members join Code for Canada
CIVIC TECH NEWS Canada signs the Digital 7 charter
CODE FOR CANADA Register for our upcoming Smart Cities webinar
GET INVOLVED How to participate in International Open Data Day
CIVIC TECH NEWS Nova Scotia's GovLab is innovating services for aging residents
GET INVOLVED Random Hacks of Kindness returns to Ottawa

CIVIC TECH NEWS Some light civic tech reading
GET INVOLVED How you can help
New staff members join Code for Canada
Shea Sinnott (left) and Kelly Halseth are joining the Code for Canada team!
Please join us in welcoming Shea Sinnott and Kelly Halseth to Code for Canada! 

Kelly is Code for Canada’s new Education and Community Program Manager. She’ll be leading Code for Canada’s education initiatives and helping to support and empower Canada’s growing civic tech community

Shea joins Code for Canada as the Program Manager for a brand new civic innovation project we’re launching in coordination with the City of Toronto and the Centre for Social Innovation. She will help build a hub for civic innovation in the city and foster collaboration between public servants, civic tech practitioners and civic tech entrepreneurs. 

We’re beyond excited to have them on the team and confident they’ll help Code for Canada scale new heights in 2018!

Meet Shea and Kelly on the Code for Canada blog!
Canada signs the Digital 7 charter
Canada has become the latest country to sign the Digital 7 charter, joining digital government luminaries like Estonia and the United Kingdom.

According to the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada, the charter “commits Canada to working towards core principles of digital development, with a focus on user needs, open government, and a commitment to share and learn from D7 member nations.”

It’s great to see Canada recognized for its recent strides towards building a truly digital government -- efforts that include launching the Canadian Digital Service, becoming co-chair of the Open Government Partnership and hosting a team of Code for Canada fellows.
Register for our upcoming Smart Cities webinar
Our new discussion paper, “How to be Smart(er) in Mid-Sized Cities in Ontario,” co-authored with Evergreen Canada, is now available! The report offers nine recommendations for municipalities looking to adopt new technologies and digital methods.

Although focused on Ontario's mid-sized cities (defined as urban areas with between 50,000 and 50,000 residents), the report's findings are relevant to communities of any size or region. 

Download the report
If you’re curious how your municipality can better leverage technology and design, our upcoming webinar on March 20, 2018 will present the report’s findings and give participants the opportunity to engage with some of the experts who contributed to the study. 
Register for the webinar
How to participate in International Open Data Day
International Open Data Day (March 3) is right around the corner! Cities across the country are getting into the civic tech spirit, and will be hosting events where you can use technology, design and data to tackle local challenges.

Here’s a list of hackathons and other cool events happening across the country:
If you’re thinking about getting involved on International Open Data Day, check out our blog post on how hackathons can help Canada’s open data and civic tech communities work in parallel. 

No event in your city? Reach out to the CodeAcross organizers and see if you can host one next year! 
Nova Scotia's GovLab is innovating services for aging residents
Nova Scotia’s new GovLab uses modern methods like user research, iterative development and prototyping to address public policy challenges. Their first project? Aging. 

By 2030, one third of Nova Scotia’s population will be over the age of 65. GovLab is currently recruiting a team of fellows to design and test new policy tools and services to support those elderly residents.

“It’s essentially a different way of problem-solving,” Jocelyn Yerxa, a co-lead on the GovLab team told the Chronicle-Herald

Applications for the one-year fellowship will be accepted until March 8. If you’re excited by the prospect of bringing design thinking to the public service, then apply today!
Random Hacks of Kindness returns to Ottawa
The eighth edition of Random Hacks of Kindness will take place April 13-15 in the nation’s capital!

One of the longest-running social good hackathons in Canada, RHoK “brings together volunteer developers with tech-savvy do-gooders” to ply their skills in service of local charities and community organizations.  

If you’re in Ottawa and looking to use your tech and design skills to make an impact, you can register at, or follow @RHoK_Ottawa on Twitter for more information. 
Some light civic tech reading
How you can help
We're working hard to ensure governments across our great country keep pace with technology and deliver the best services possible for their residents. But we can't do it alone. Here's how you can lend a hand.
1. Help spread the word! Follow Code for Canada on social media, and share our efforts to grow the civic tech movement!
Follow us on Twitter
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Follow our blog on Medium
Subscribe to our YouTube channel
2. Share your stories! Are you a government innovator or civic tech practitioner with a success story to tell? Let us know, and we can share it with our audience of engaged residents, public servants, community advocates and technologists! You can get in touch at!

3. Join your local civic tech group! You can find the one nearest you on our website. If there’s not one near you, Code for Canada’s Civic Tech Toolkit can help you start one! 

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