Government of Canada Call for a Social Innovation Advisory Council of Stakeholders


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Social Innovation Advisory Council - Call for Members

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Call for Social Innovation Advisory Council Members


The Government of Canada is launching a Call for Applications for a Social Innovation Advisory Council of stakeholders to help advance and oversee the implementation of Canada’s Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy with the aim of making real progress towards the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Leaders, practitioners and experts from across social purpose sectors, including the community, cooperative, philanthropic, financial and research sectors, are invited to apply.

This Call for Applications to establish an Advisory Council is a further step by Government to respond to the recommendations by the Co-Creation Steering Group in its report Inclusive innovation: New ideas and new partnerships for stronger communities of August 2018. Over the past year, the Government took steps towards the establishment of a Social Finance Fund and launched the Investment Readiness Program for social purpose organizations to improve their ability to successfully participate in the social finance market.

The Advisory Council will be composed of 12 to 15 members who are external to government and have extensive knowledge of social innovation, social finance, or social procurement practices and are representative of Canada’s diversity. Members will be appointed for a two-year term, with the possibility for renewal. Typically, members of the Advisory Council will be asked to review documents and will need to be prepared to share views on policy issues and options related to social innovation and social finance. They will be expected to engage their networks and may participate in engagement activities. Members will determine the frequency and type of meetings of the Advisory Council (such as, whether in person, online or through teleconference). On average, members can anticipate spending up to 20 days per year on Advisory Council-related activities. The terms of reference of the Advisory Council will be agreed to by the members during the initial meetings.


Individuals applying through this process must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons as per the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

You must be available and willing to commit to participate as an Advisory Council member for the duration of the two-year term of an appointment.

Special Notes

Members may be remunerated for their work in connection with the Advisory Council. Additionally their travel and accommodation costs will be covered when attending meetings or engagement activities outside their home community.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Complete the questionnaire online and submit directly to the sponsor (3 hours to complete)


How to Apply

Note that the default application process is online. If you require another format, please contact

Please note that you cannot save your application online and return to it at another time. It is recommended that you prepare all of your answers off-line and cut and paste them into the online questionnaire, and complete the multiple-choice questions, before submitting your final application.

It takes approximately 3 hours to complete the online application form. 

Apply to become a member of the Social Innovation Advisory Council by completing the questionnaire: Complete the questionnaire

Applicants may be invited to an interview via video conference or phone to deepen the assessment of merit criteria. All applicants will be notified of the results of their application.

Following the completion of the selection process, the Government plans to announce the final membership of the Advisory Council in the fall of 2019.

For Questions, please contact

By email:

Important: In your email, insert Attention: Social Innovation Advisory Council Applications in the subject field.

By mail: Social Innovation Division
140 Promenade du Portage, 3rd Floor
Gatineau, QC K1A 0J9

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Carolyn Osborn, Senior Manager, Grants & Contracts
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