AWS Public Sector Blog

Learning how to create citizen-specific services in the cloud with AWS DigiGov

Parliament Hill Ottawa Canada

The cloud can help governments meet evolving citizen demands by enabling agility, cost savings, elasticity, and global reach. In 2008, Shared Services Canada, a federal department tasked with providing IT services to Canadian government, announced a streamlined procurement process to help support government agencies’ adoption of cloud services as part of the Government of Canada’s Cloud Adoption Strategy. To help Canadian government entities and their employees build innovative and citizen-centric services for their digital citizenry in the cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS) created AWS DigiGov.

AWS DigiGov is a two-day in-classroom education program with curriculum based on the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam. Through lectures, cloud-based curriculum, and hands-on labs, participants learn to use the cloud within their environment and remove barriers to the cloud technology.

AWS trainers cover topics including the value of the cloud, basic AWS cloud concepts, AWS global infrastructure, technical information and documentation, core characteristics of deploying on the AWS Cloud, account management, pricing models, common use cases, security and compliance, and more. Material is available in both of Canada’s national languages – English and French.

The AWS DigiGov program works to skill and upskill Canadian government employees, while also accelerating adoption of the cloud.

“We live in an interesting time. Many of our job descriptions are changing to better accommodate our customers” said Abby Daniell, Senior Manager, AWS Latin America, Canada, and Caribbean Public Sector. “AWS DigiGov can be used by someone that has worked with technology that is now legacy or managers and non-managers that just want to understand more about the cloud and how it is used to innovate.”

So far, dozens of Canadian government employees have completed the course. Individuals who complete the AWS DigiGov program will be well positioned to complete the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner Exam.

AWS DigiGov is currently available through academic institutions and government organizations that focus on training employees for the workforce. Learn more about AWS DigiGov and contact AWS for more information on how to get started. You can also learn more about AWS in Canada’s Public Sector, the Government of Canada on AWS, and other AWS training and certification.

While AWS DigiGov is currently only available in Canada, the program is being piloted in other regions like Latin America. Institutions interested in participating in AWS DigiGov can contact the AWS DigiGov team.