In 2001 the Local Government Program began offering the Diploma In Public Administration off-campus to twenty-seven staff members of the City of Toronto. This special arrangement was facilitated through the office of Dr. Aaron Pun, Manager, Organization Development & Learning with the City of Toronto, Human Resources Division. Members of the first City of Toronto DPA class graduated in Autumn, 2002.
Subsequent classes were run in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011.
The City of Toronto DPA program has been honoured with a Public Service Quality Fair 'Gold' Award which recognizes excellence in the public sector.
The Local Government Program will begin a new stream of the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration beginning the in Fall 2017.
Questions about the program can be directed towards Local Government Program.
The Local Government Program welcomes inquiries from municipalities and agencies interested in similar arrangements.