Economics and Social Science Services Development Program for policy analysts and economists

The Economics and Social Science Services Development Program (ECDP) is a professional development and apprenticeship program (PDAP) at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The program is open to policy analysts and economists.

The program is designed to develop participants from the EC-02 to the EC-05 level and focuses on learning and development opportunities that allow participants to achieve results, and expand their skills.

What the program has to offer

  • Exciting and challenging work
  • Opportunity to make a difference for Canada and Canadians
  • Career development opportunities
  • Opportunities to travel in Canada and abroad
  • Work-life balance
  • A professional network of peers

Variety of work

  • Conducting analysis and research
  • Monitoring and reporting on national and international issues
  • Identifying and analyzing trends
  • Developing strategies, recommendations and solutions to complex challenges
  • Collaborating with team members from across-government and the Department, preparing papers, reports, briefing notes, and presentations
  • The opportunity to work on a broad range of economic or social topics, such as environment, innovation, science policy, food policy and trade

Program highlights

  • Rotational assignments
  • Accelerated development from EC-02 to EC-05
  • Mentoring
  • Training opportunities

Education qualifications

Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in economics, sociology or statistics.

An acceptable specialization must include at least two full courses (or 4 semester-based courses) in one of the following areas: economic, sociology or statistics.

Program recruitment

Please check regularly for ECDP job opportunities on the Government of Canada Jobs website.

There you can search for jobs, find out how to apply for a job in the federal public service and find employment information for students and graduates.

Economics and social science services

View the Economics and Social Science Services (EC) collective agreement and rates of pay.

Why work at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Visit our about us section, to learn more about what we do at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.


For general questions about the EC Development Program, please contact secretariat.ecdp-ppec&

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