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Policy Analyst Recruitment and Development Program

The Policy Analyst Recruitment and Development Program (PARDP) is looking for highly motivated individuals who are committed to creating change and contributing to the sustainable development of Canada’s natural resources. Do you want to build a rewarding career with a diverse policy portfolio? Are you looking for a meaningful way to develop solutions to Canada’s key policy issues? Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is looking for candidates like you!

Our department offers hundreds of meaningful career possibilities with the opportunity to work in a dynamic team while contributing to Canada’s transition to a net-zero future. We are passionate about fostering a workplace where everyone feels welcome and can reach their full potential.

We are committed to celebrating diversity and inclusion within our department. We are actively building a workforce that represents the Canadians we serve, and we strive to reflect the needs of all communities in our work. At NRCan, we recognize, value and embrace diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences.


PARDP is NRCan’s signature accelerated development program with both a Graduate and an Indigenous stream. Program participants learn how to effectively manage their careers and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to become leaders in policy.

Participants are hired as policy analysts or economists in the EC-03 group and level (salary from $74,487 to $84,282). After successfully completing two 12-month assignments in different sectors within NRCan, participants graduate at the EC-05 level (salary from $96,131 to $110,646). Participants must receive a satisfactory evaluation after each assignment.

Applications will open again Fall 2024

Program highlights

As a PARDP participant, you can:

  • contribute to climate change adaptation policy, programs, and research
  • advance Indigenous reconciliation through consultation, engagement and benefit sharing efforts
  • collaborate with international partners, provinces and territories
  • support the analysis, research, digitalization, and innovation in energy, mining, and forestry sectors

What can PARDP offer you?

  • competitive compensation and benefits
    • starting salary at the EC-03 level (from $74,487 )
    • graduating at the EC-05 level (from $96,131 to $110,646 )
  • accelerated development through two 12-month assignments
  • relocation costs up to $5,000 for external hires
  • diverse experience in a fast-paced and supportive environment
  • continuous support and opportunities for learning and development
  • second official language training
  • flexible start dates (May, September and January)


PARDPs gain unique policy and economics experience through two exciting assignments in different sectors within NRCan (e.g. energy, lands and minerals, forestry, strategic policy and innovation, Nòkwewashk [formerly Indigenous affairs and reconciliation]). Throughout each assignment, participants have the opportunity to contribute to innovative policy files that work toward sustainable development of Canada’s natural resources.

Professional Development

The PARDP provides the following professional development:

  • Participants can follow an receive accelerated promotions path over two years, contingent upon satisfactory performance and meeting all competency requirements for the target level
  • access to language training (French or English)
  • unique access to senior officials and subject matter experts
  • pairing with a peer mentor, potential access to alumni or executive mentors or an Indigenous Career Navigator (Indigenous participants only)


As a PARDP alumni, you will also have access to events and initiatives through the PARDP network.

Participants have access to a vibrant community of social and professional networks, including PARDP alumni, mentors, and senior management.

You can stay connected through networks such as the:

  • Policy Analyst Recruitment and Development Program Network
  • Young Professionals Network
  • Indigenous Employees Network
  • Black Employees Advisory Council of NRCan
  • Visible Minorities Advisory Council
  • Persons with Disabilities Network
  • Pride Network

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

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

Indeterminate EC-05 job

Congratulations! You have completed PARDP. You are now a PARDP alumnus.

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