Application Process

How to Apply

Download the application form and by email to PDInstitute@uOttawa.ca

Application Deadlines

Application Deadline: April 26, 2021
Withdrawal Deadline: April 26, 2021 
Program Confirmation: May 3, 2021
Program Start Date: May 10, 2021

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 April 9, 2021 (deadline extended!)

$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 PDInstitute@uOttawa.ca by April 26, 2021. 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.

The program begins on May 10, 2021. Candidates who withdraw their application on or before April 26, 2021 will get a full refund. Candidates who withdraw their application after April 26, 2021, but before the start date of the program will be charged a $950 administrative fee.

Candidates who withdraw from the program after the start of the program will have to pay the entire fee, regardless of the payment schedule selected.

Program confirmation

The Professional Development Institute will officially confirm the start of the program by May 3, 2021.

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?

Yes.

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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