Professional Organizations & Associations in Government

Professional organizations and associations are an excellent way to learn more about a career of interest, professional designations, and networking opportunities (e.g. memberships, conferences). For additional professional associations please visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) and search under the "Other Resources" tab.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA): a leading organization in Canada for articulating progressive, positive social policy reform. The CCPA's voice has helped produce substantial results in the movement for true democracy and equality of opportunity. Membership is open to all.

Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA): Open to students and professionals alike, the CPSA keeps members up-to-date on related conferences, meetings and exhibitions, provides links to key publications and offers access to a listserv. Be sure to check out the careers link which contains a career guide for political scientists plus job postings including internships.

Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP): conducts research on current and emerging policy issues facing Canadians and their governments. This site contains useful links to research, information about conferences and events, publications, news releases, podcasts, commentaries, and the online journal, Policy Options.

Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada: this site details Canada's Lobbying Act, provides access to a registry of lobbyists, and includes presentations, media releases and publications that will deepen one's understanding of the requirements, regulations and issues surrounding lobbying in Canada.

Social Movements and Interest Groups: this site provides a list of useful links to groups who are acting collectively to educate the public and/or take political action to further their causes.

Public Policy Resource Centre: this virtual public policy desktop provides a directory of corporations, associations, NGOs and think tanks related to public policy and provides useful Canadian and International government resources.

Toronto Region Group of IPAC, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada: a not-for-profit professional association that is open to those interested in public administration in the Toronto region. They offer topical events that address important issues in public administration, foster collaboration and innovation, and provide a forum for learning, exchanging ideas and networking.

Please Note: Descriptions of many of these online resources are taken from language used on external websites. Claims and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Career Centre or York University.