About the Council

Created in 2016, the Prime Minister’s Youth Council provides non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister on issues of importance to young Canadians and to Canada as a whole. Government of Canada officials frequently consult the Council as one mechanism to incorporate youth perspectives in government policy.

How does it work?

Council members meet both online and in person several times a year to discuss issues that matter to them as well as to their peers, their community, and their country.

At in-person meetings, Council members provide advice to the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers and government officials. Discussions are captured in a meeting summary, which is then used by government officials to follow up with relevant Ministers and departments for further action.

Council members also provide written or video input on particular topics, based on:

  • their school, work and life experience
  • input from other youth in their community
  • their research and volunteer experience

This often results in the Prime Minister tasking Ministers and federal departments and agencies to undertake further analysis of the issue in order to address the Council’s input.

As a diverse group of youth from regions across Canada, the Prime Minister does not expect Council members to agree unanimously. Council members work together to convey differing perspectives.

The Council is a platform for youth to use their voice, in their own voice. With this core value in mind, Council members develop and deliver input in their own words in the medium they choose, be it a video, a post on social media, a formal presentation, a written letter, or by using tools like e-petitions to Parliament.

The Privy Council Office

The Privy Council Office (PCO) supports the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Led by the Clerk of the Privy Council, the department helps the government in implementing its vision, goals and decisions in a timely manner. In April 2016, the Youth Secretariat was established within the PCO, to support the Prime Minister in this new capacity as Minister of Youth, including:

  • the creation and administration of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council;
  • contributing to the development of the Canada Service Corps;
  • supporting youth engagement with the government of Canada; and
  • offering strategic leadership, objective policy advice and coordination on youth issues.

The Youth Secretariat supports the work of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council through facilitating Youth Council members’ engagement with the Prime Minister, Cabinet, federal departments, other leaders and organizations working on youth issues, as well as supporting Youth Council members’ engagement in their communities.

Right Honourable Justin P. J. Trudeau

Right Honourable Justin P. J. Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada and
Minister of Youth

Peter Schiefke

Peter Schiefke
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth)

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