Application Process

How to Apply

Download the application form and by email to

Application Deadline

We are accepting applications for the 2021 cohort.

How will I know if my application is accepted?

The Institute will review all applications. Successful applicants will be notified a month or so before the program start date.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Payment and Registration Fees

$5,500 plus HST for applications received on or before March 31, 2021

$5,750 plus HST for applications received after March 31, 2021

Full payment is required upon reception of admission offer.  Candidates will receive an email invoice from the University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute with their offer of admission.

Withdrawal from the program​

Withdrawal from the program must be provided in writing at Fees will be incurred depending on the withdrawal date. Deadlines to be confirmed. An organization may submit the name of another candidate as a replacement, before the program start date. The proposed new candidate’s profile will be evaluated by the Program Director.

Program confirmation

The Professional Development Institute will officially confirm the start of the program as soon as sufficient applications have been received, but no less than 2 weeks before the scheduled start of the program.

Attendance requirements

Participation in all scheduled activities of the program (workshops, action learning groups) is mandatory in order to obtain the University of Ottawa Certificate of Professional Development.  Exceptional circumstances will have to be discussed with the Program Director.  Individual accommodations will incur extra costs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know if my application is accepted?

The Institute will review all applications. Successful applicants will be notified before the cohort program begins.

What criteria are used to evaluate the applicants?

The program seeks professionals who demonstrate the potential to rise through the ranks and eventually serve as a CIO in government or in a medium to large private sector organization. Enrollment will be limited and will be based on experience, recommendations and sponsorships. Those accepted into the program should expect to invest about 10 days of their time over the course of the session to complete the program

Do I have to work in a CIO’s office to apply?

No. Anyone with an interest in becoming a CIO will be considered, although a minimum of management experience is required.

Do I have to work in the federal government to apply?

No. While the program is designed with federal employees in mind it may also be useful to those who work for other levels of government or for the private sector.

Can more than one person apply from a particular department or office?


How much does the program cost?

The comprehensive program (intensive and interactive short courses, action learning, individual coaching, networking, practical work assignments, keynote speakers.) is $5,500 (Plus HST).

Can I sign up for one or more courses?

No. The program is comprehensive and is delivered to a cohort of students.

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