Open Government Student Challenge

Notice to Readers

Submission for the Student Challenge are now closed. Applicants are now being evaluated and winners will be announced on April 30, 2019! Subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on future challenges.


We are hosting our first ever open government challenge for students, with prizes.

We want to know how students in Canadian colleges and universities are using the Government of Canada’s open data and open information. Is it being used in your research projects? Is it being used to create apps as a hobby? Or is it being used to help Canadians in some way?

If you’ve ever used any content from and are a current college or university students (or graduated in the last two years), you are eligible to apply.

How to apply

Fill out our quick application form that will ask you to:

  • Provide a link to the open data or open information you used in your project
  • Describe in less than 100 words how you used this open data and/or open information in your project
  • Tell us in less than 100 words what you hope to achieve with your project
  • Tell us in less than 100 words what you hope will be the impact of your work
  • Summarize your project in less than 150 words to showcase your submission on

Before applying, you can also read a few examples of possible projects.

If you require an accessible version of our application form, please email us at


  • Must be above 18 years old as of
  • Must be a student enrolled in any program at a Canadian post-secondary institution (university, college, technical school, etc.) for at least one semester anytime over the last two years. 

Applicants from marginalised communities and equity-seeking groups are encouraged to apply. If you would like to, we invite you to self-identify.


Winners will be selected based on our open grading rubric on . Up to four winners will be brought to Ottawa to attend and participate in the Open Government Partnership Global Summit from to . Roundtrip travel from within Canada, up to five nights of accommodations, and meals up to the allowable maximum as specified by the Government of Canada will be provided, up to an estimated value of $3,000 for each winner. Prizes cannot be substituted or exchanged for cash or other items. Winners will be contacted directly using the contact information they provide in the application form.

Deadline for submission is .

We will be holding information sessions on , from to EST in English and from to EST in French to answer any and all of your questions. Please be sure to register in advance.

Submission and Resources

Project Requirements

Eligible projects will identify and use open data or information available on These assets could be used for only a portion of the project, and can also be combined with other data and information sources.

Completed projects, as well as projects in progress are eligible. If you have more than one project you want to share with us, please fill out a separate form for each project.

Applicants can submit attachments to demonstrate a completed project or any documents that show preliminary results and proof of concept. These include, but are not limited to, a publication or draft paper, conference paper or presentation, poster presentation, data visualisation, or proposal. If more information is required about your project and its results, we will contact you.

The projects could be academic or extra-curricular, and could fall under one or more of the following subjects, but all subjects will be considered:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Public Policy & Administration
  • Journalism
  • Business
  • Technology (Eg. Machine learning, AI, or product development)
  • Natural & Applied Sciences

Students from any undergraduate and graduate program are eligible to apply. At least one winner will be selected from the undergraduate level who scores “outstanding” in all categories of the grading rubric. 

Privacy Statement

Participation is voluntary. Any personal information and input is collected under the authority of the Financial Administration Act as part of the consultation and engagement activities for the Open Government Initiative.

The information will be collected using the third-party hosted online service of Google Forms. The information you provide will be stored securely by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS). Be advised that Google Forms and its partners may use cookies. You may refer to Google’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for additional information. Should you submit material through alternatives, the information will be collected directly by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

Any personal information that may be collected will be protected, used and disclosed in accordance with the Privacy Act and as described in the Standard Personal Information Banks entitled Public Communications (PSU 914) and Outreach Activities (PSU 938), which can be found in the publication InfoSource.

Under the Privacy Act, you have the right of access to, and correction of, your personal information, if you have provided any. To exercise either of these rights, you must make a request for access to your personal information. For more information about your right of access, please read about the Access to Information Program.

Any questions, comments, concerns or complaints you may have regarding this Statement, your privacy rights and the Privacy Act may be directed to the TBS Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator by email at or by calling 1-866-312-1511. If you are not satisfied with TBS's response to your privacy concern, you may wish to contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner by email at or by telephone at 1-800-282-1376.

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