Careers and Employment

Undergraduate studies in Political Science, Public Policy and Public Law can lead to a variety of career pathways upon graduation. Please see some examples in the chart below.

Students entering their 4th year of studies that are looking to enter the workforce within such areas of interest should start researching potential opportunities in the Summer session prior to their last year of studies.

GOVERNMENT POLITICAL OPERATION THINK TANKS
  • Federal Public Service
  • Federal Agencies: 
  • Elections Canada
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Some Agencies are included in central hiring, others are not!
  • Ontario Public Service
  • Cancer Care Ontario
  • Ontario Energy Board
  • Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion
  • Municipal Government
  • City Councilor Offices
  • Constituency Offices
  • Parliamentary Offices
  • The Office of the Mayor Cabinet Office (central agency) Treasury Board (central agency)
  • Line Departments Senate Offices
  • Central Campaign Headquarters
  •  Constituency Officer
  • Media Analyst
  • Legislative Assistant
  • Executive Assistant 
  • Political Aid
  • Policy Analyst
  • Policy Advisor 
  • Communications Assistant
  • Campaign Manager
  • Press Secretary

 

*These opportunities can be found at the municipal, provincial and federal level

  • Social Research and Demonstration
  • Corporation Pembina Institute Samara
  • The Wellesley Institute
  • The Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation
  • The Conference Board of Canada
  • Vanier Institute on the Family Asia Pacific
  • Foundation of Canada Public Policy Forum
  • The Fraser Institute
  • C.D. Howe Institute
  • Calendon Institute on Social Policy
  • Canada West Foundation
  • Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)
  • Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Institute on Governance
  • Canadian Council on Social Development
  • National Citizens Coalition
  • Canadian Institute of International Affairs
  • The Canadian Labour and Business Centre
INDUSTRY & LOBBYING / ADVOCACY PRIVATE SECTOR NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
  • CARP
  • Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
  • Canadian Health Coalition
  • Canadian Wildlife Federation
  • David Suzuki Foundation
  • Focus on the Family Canada
  • REAL Women of Canada
  • GE
  • TD Bank
  • PetroCanada
  • Council of Ontario Universities

OTHER OPPORTUNITES IN: International Agencies; Universities and Colleges; Newspapers/Media Banks

 

Public Sector Consulting

  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • Ernst & Young
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Odgers Berndston
  • SEG Management Consultants
  • Kaiser Associates
  • IBM Canada
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Political Consulting

  • StrategyCorp
  • Nagivator
  • Stratcom
  • The Gandalf Group
  • Sutherland & Associates
  • Sussex Strategy Group

*Note: In addition to these larger firms, there are variety of smaller consulting companies working in public sector consulting

  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • YMCA
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • War Child Canada
  • John Howard Society
  • Plan Canada
  • Save the Children
  • Action Canada for Population and Development
  • Street Kids International
  • World Vision
  • National Aboriginal Health Organization
  • Goodwill
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women
  • Canadian Council for Refugees
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • St. John’s Ambulance
  • CUSO-VSO
  • Greenpeace Canada