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Manager Development Program: Virtual Edition

The MDPv is being redesigned and the current program will be archived on April 1, 2025.

Learners who complete Orientation and Self-Discovery for Managers (LPL134) before March 31, 2024, will have until March 31, 2025, to complete the current MDPv program.

Consult the frequently asked questions to learn more.


For public service managers, managing people and performance includes ensuring that their employees are engaged and highly productive in serving the interests of Canadians. The Manager Development Program: Virtual Edition (MDPv) is an important step in the learning path for new managers, offering valuable insights into the roles and accountabilities of managers in the federal public service, and the expectations placed upon them. Participants will develop the self-awareness and communication skills needed to succeed in their management role and thrive as a new team leader.

About the program

The new Manager Development Program: Virtual Edition (MDPv) includes a series of online courses designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge required to meet the demands of your new management role.

The MDPv will allow you to develop the skills and knowledge required to succeed in your new leadership role and thrive in your new environment. The learning path will allow you to develop greater self-awareness, adapt your communication skills to different audiences and situations, and demonstrate leadership in selecting the best performance support and engagement strategies for your team members.

You will also learn how to facilitate and mitigate the challenges related to stress and change using a cognitive knowledge-based approach, and explore the impact of trust on creativity and innovation within your team. Your learning will be enhanced through stimulating and collaborative discussions with your peers and our faculty members. The virtual sessions are delivered via the WebEx Training platform. This virtual journey can be completed in 6 to 18 months.

The learning path is as follows:

  1. Becoming a Manager: The Basics (LPL126)
  2. Orientation and Self-Discovery for Managers (LPL134)
  3. Participants complete the following 6 courses in the order of their choice:
  4. Collaborative Learning Group for Managers (LPL137)

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This program is designed specifically for newly appointed managers within the first twelve months of their appointment. You must:

Frequently asked questions


The Manager Development Program's design and structure were largely inspired by a collaborative partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency and are supported by the National Managers' Community. The Privy Council Office also provided valuable input. Your ongoing feedback is key in ensuring that the program continues to evolve and remain relevant for your community, and to ensure that it meets your needs as you transition to your new role as a manager in the Public Service of Canada.

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