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There’s something about autumn that makes it feel like the perfect time to dive into learning new things. 

That’s why, in this issue, we’re highlighting different online events and training opportunities for the curious learners who want to brush up on digital skills this fall. 

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Digital training and events


Events in English

Fostering a diverse and inclusive culture in civic tech 
Code for America
September 30

Restorative Design Conference  
Greater Good Studio
October 2

How to be digital in the Canadian public service 
October 5

Results, delivery, and data analytics
Institute on Governance 
October 7 ($)

Understanding the human side of cybersecurity 
Canada School of Public Service
October 8-9

Data presentation for public servants 
October 11

Button: The product content conference 
Brain Traffic
October 21-23 ($)

November 3-9 ($)

Events in French

A la découverte des tests automatiques! 

24 septembre

Interaction Design Day 2020 francophone 
IxDA Nantes
29 septembre

Colloque Cybersécurité et protection des données personnelles 
Le Point 
8 octobre ($)

Comprendre l'aspect humain de la cybersécurité
Canada School of Public Service
8-9 octobre

Agile tour Montréal 
Agile Montréal 
17 novembre ($)

Design Thinking 
Insarta formations
4 décembre ($)
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Quick tips: accessible typography

A font style can affect how many people are able to read your text. If text is too small, or the characters are hard to distinguish, it can make reading more difficult.

There are two main types of font style: serif and sans serif.

Serif, like this, has decorative strokes at the ends of the characters.


This is compared to sans serif, like this, which doesn’t have the strokes.

While using a common sans serif font is typically favoured for readability, there are other things to consider when choosing accessible typography.

When picking your font, make sure it’s:

  • readable at various sizes 

  • at least 12-14 pts for web content

  • legible with french accents and doesn’t appear too “squished”

  • the same font used throughout your document

  • using bold and italics sparingly, as not all screen readers inform people of those styles 

  • using a colour that’s in contrast to the background. There are tools you can use to test font colour contrast.

Work with us!

We’re currently hiring people to join us on micromissions - short term work on specific services. If you think one of these could be you, apply to join our team!

Temporary Software Developer 
COVID Alert Mobile App


Temporary Software Developer 
COVID Alert Portal


Temporary Software Developer 
COVID Alert Server


Temporary Software Developer 


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