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Government Relations

Available: Summer, Winter

Program Description

Endorsed by the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) and the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC), the program features specialized, practical, government relations courses that prepare you for a career as a government relations/public affairs professional in the dynamic public policy, political and public affairs environments. The program provides specialized, practical training that enables graduates to coordinate and support organizational/client efforts to monitor, analyze and shape government action on existing, and proposed, legislation and regulation.

In the complex, competitive, and increasingly regulated political and public policy environment, government relations professionals establish long term relationships with governments and policy makers, while utilizing strategic planning, issue analysis, lobbying, community and stakeholder engagement skills to shape public policy and regulatory issues.

As a graduate, you’ll be part of a select group of individuals with the formal training to connect with elected representatives, public servants and political staff at all levels of government in order to advance and support the political and policy interests of your organization/client.


2 Semesters (8 Months)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Your Career

The Government Relations Graduate Certificate program prepares you for entry-level positions as public affairs/government relations practitioners with non-profit organizations and associations as well as professional service firms. Opportunities may also be found working as political staff for individual politicians and/or their parties.

Work-Integrated Learning - Optional

Optional Work Term

Students meeting all academic requirements may have the opportunity to complete an optional work term(s) in a formal work environment.  The work term(s) is similar in length to an academic semester and typically involves full-time work hours that may be paid or unpaid. In programs with limited work term opportunities, additional academic requirements and a passing grade on a communication assessment may be required for eligibility.  Eligibility for participation does not guarantee a work position will be secured. Additional fees are required for those participating in the optional work term stream regardless of success in securing a work position.


To qualify for the Optional Work Term, you must have an overall GPA of 3.5 including a minimum grade of A in each of GRM700 and GRM701, and be recommended by the program.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Public Affairs Association of Canada
  • Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC)

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • A recognized degree or three-year post-secondary diploma from an accredited institution.
  • English proficiency at the post-secondary level.

Applicant Selection

  • Applicants will be asked to attend an orientation where they will complete the writing test and submit a statement of interest.
  • Applicants will be ranked based on the strength of their writing test and statement of interest.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.

Additional Requirements

  • Statement of interest
  • Writing test


  • Selected applicants should have a computer with contemporary word processing and spreadsheet software and a printer.

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840 [email protected]
416.491.5050 ext. 22364 [email protected]

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

[email protected]
416.491.5050 ext. 22608
[email protected]
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Co-ordinator

Joe MacDonald 416.491.5050 ext. 33537 [email protected]

Program Chair

Beth Agnew 416.491.5050 ext. 33440 [email protected]

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network

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