Building a Youth Policy for Canada
On February 13, 2018, The Prime Minister and Minister of Youth, Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, invited young Canadians to take part in the development of Canada’s first youth policy. Young Canadians already play an important role in shaping the Government’s priorities and decisions, including the Prime Minister’s Youth Council and Constituency Youth Councils across the country.
“This initiative is about making sure young Canadians from all walks of life, across the country, can have their say on what the government’s priorities should be for youth. The youth policy for Canada – built for youth and by youth – will make sure that their important perspectives guide our way forward.”
—Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Youth
A website https://youthaction.ca/ has been launched where young Canadians can share their ideas and perspectives on what a youth policy should look like. On the website youth have a number of ways to share their views: by answering questions on matters of interest, by participating in online discussions or by posting video comments.
In addition to a calendar of events, resources are provided on the site for young people to lead a dialogue in their own community. Organizations are also encouraged to host dialogues in collaboration with local youth. In addition, the Government of Canada has put together a toolkit that any young person can use to lead their own discussions.
Topics raised by youth will fall under different federal, provincial and territorial responsibilities. The government is committed to sharing the outcome and analysis of this engagement to support a comprehensive approach to youth policies.
Please share this widely with your networks to inspire as many young Canadians as possible to be involved in, and more importantly, to lead these discussions.
Contact: Flo Woods, 306-787-6089, firstname.lastname@example.org.