Council meetings

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

Iqaluit, Nunavut (August 2019)

Summary

The Council welcomed new members at its ninth in-person meeting from July 31 to August 2 in Iqaluit, Nunavut. During the meeting, Council members met with the Prime Minister to discuss the revitalization and protection of Indigenous Languages, the impact of local infrastructure projects, entrepreneurship, connecting to the North, social media regulations, and Indigenous tourism, among others. Council members also shared their perspectives with the Prime Minister on how the government could better engage youth in Northern rural and remote communities, promote Indigenous tourism, and tackle food insecurity.

During their three-day meeting, Council members met with community leaders and local youth as they learned about the benefits and challenges of living in Canada’s North. The Council participated in a service activity where they helped prepare service at a local food center and discussed with local youth the impact of community-based projects and volunteering. Members drew from local cultural experiences to inform their discussions.

  • News Release – Prime Minister welcomes new Council members

Guests

The Honourable:

  • Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Parliamentary Secretaries:

  • Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth) and Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction

Senior officials:

  • Christiane Fox, Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth
  • Christopher Rainer, Executive Director of the Privy Council Office Youth Secretariat

Others:

  • Adam Arreak Lightstone, Member of Nunavut Legislative Assembly for Iqaluit - Manirajak
  • Madeleine Redfern, Mayor of Iqaluit

Officials from:

  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
  • Department of National Defence & Canadian Armed Forces

Representatives from:

  • Arctic Food Bank
  • Canadian Rangers and Junior Rangers
  • Embrace Life Council
  • Iqaluit Qajuqturvik Food Centre
  • Islamic Society of Nunavut
  • Kakivak Association
  • Pinnguaq Association
  • Polar Outfitting
  • Qaggiavuut Society
  • Travel Nunavut Industry Association

If you wish to contact Council members, check out their biographies and contact information.

Sherbrooke, Quebec (January 2019)

Summary

The Council held its eighth in-person meeting from January 15 to 17, on the margins of the Cabinet retreat. During the meeting, Council members met with the Prime Minister to discuss environmental policies, Indigenous rights and reconciliation in the context of land disputes, as well as the development of the Canada Youth Summit. Council members also shared their perspectives with the Prime Minister on innovating government engagement with youth, promoting Indigenous tourism, and tackling pollution.

During their three-day meeting, Council members engaged with ministers, government officials and guest panelists to discuss  promoting linguistic rights and services, improving remote food security, reducing gun violence, eliminating plastic pollution and supporting international education opportunities for youth. The Council also met with local youth groups to discuss community-based projects.

Guests

The Honourable:

  • Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development
  • James Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification
  • Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie
  • Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Parliamentary secretaries:

  • Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth) and Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction

Senior officials:

  • Christiane Fox, Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth
  • Christopher Rainer, Executive Director of the Privy Council Office Youth Secretariat

Officials from:

  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Public Safety Canada

Members of:

  • Dialogue+ Project (Actions interculturelles)
  • Youth Council of Compton-Stanstead and Grand Sherbrooke
  • Youth Council of the Mayor of Coaticook

Additional guests:

  • Simon Madore, Mayor of Coaticook
  • Dr. Michael Dixon, University of Guelph
  • Monika Rumbolt, Youth innovator
  • Andi Sharma, Youth innovator

Toronto, Ontario (October 2018)

Summary

The Council held its seventh in-person meeting from October 19 to 21. Council members spoke to the Prime Minister on housing affordability for youth, challenges facing youth living in Northern communities, and the ongoing development of a youth policy for Canada. During their time with the Prime Minister, Council members also shared their views about radicalization and violence in Canada.

Council members engaged with leaders from the public sector and the private sector on enhancing economic opportunities for youth and work-integrated learning programs at post-secondary institutions. The three-day meeting also included a tour of Covenant House Toronto where Council members learned about the realities and challenges of homeless youth and others who seek support from local youth-serving organizations. 

  • Twitter – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discusses youth policy, service and employment, and affordable housing with members of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council.

Guests

The Honourable:

  • Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Parliamentary secretaries:

  • Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth) and Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction
  • Jennifer O'Connell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance (Youth Economic Opportunity)
  • Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Senior officials:

  • Brenda Lucki, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Christiane Fox, Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth
  • Christopher Rainer, Executive Director of the Privy Council Office Youth Secretariat

Officials from:

  • Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Public Safety Canada

Additional guests:

Ottawa, Ontario (June 2018)

Summary

The Council held its sixth in-person meeting from June 12 to 15, and welcomed a new group of Council members. During the three-day meeting, the Council met with the Prime Minister and a number of ministers and parliamentarians to discuss important issues facing young people, including mental health services, the opioid crisis and gender inequality. During these meetings, the Council also discussed the federal government’s decision to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline, Canada’s place in the world (with particular focus on the recent G7 Summit) as well as the ongoing negotiations of a renewed North American Free Trade Agreement. 

While in Ottawa, Council members also advanced work on a youth policy for Canada and reviewed data from cross-Canada consultations launched in February 2018. They met with youth leaders to discuss local priorities as well as entrepreneurship and innovation.

  • News release – Prime Minister welcomes new members to Youth Council
  • Facebook video – Meet the new members of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council

Guests

The Honourable:

  • Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade Diversification 
  • Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health
  • Mike Lake, Member of Parliament for Edmonton—Wetaskiwin

Parliamentary secretaries:

  • Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth)
  • Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development
  • Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Multiculturalism)

Parliamentarians:

  • Randy Boissonnault, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 issues 
  • Anne Minh-Thu Quach, Member of Parliament for Salaberry—Suroît
  • Dan Vandal, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface — Saint Vital

Senior officials:

  • Christiane Fox, Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth
  • Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer
  • Christopher Rainer, Executive Director of the Privy Council Office Youth Secretariat

Local youth representatives from:

  • Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization
  • Circle of Care program (Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health)
  • Growcer
  • Native Women’s Association of Canada
  • Spectrum LGBTQ Community Youth Group
  • Youth Ottawa

Winnipeg, Manitoba (January 2018)

Summary

The Council held its first meeting of 2018 from January 29 to 31. Council members met with the Prime Minister to discuss gender-based violence as well as the importance of youth representation on federal decision-making boards. They also shared their perspectives with the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister Innovation, Science and Economic Development, on Bill C-25 (An Act to amend the Canadian Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act, the Canada Nor-for-profit Corporations Act and the Competition Act).

Throughout the three-day meeting, the Council spoke with ministers, parliamentarians and other guests on the theme of diversity and inclusion, particularly related to gender equality, supporting immigrants and refugees and combating racism in Canada. The Council also hosted a dialogue with 75 local youth, on building Canada’s first-ever youth policy. 

  • News release – Young Canadians to guide country’s first youth policy
  • Twitter – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the Council in Winnipeg to discuss the creation of Canada’s Youth Policy

Guests

The Honourable:

  • Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Economic Development
  • Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources

Parliamentary secretaries:

  • Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth)
  • Serge Cormier, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Multiculturalism)

Senior officials:

  • Christiane Fox, Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth
  • Christopher Rainer, Executive Director of the Privy Council Office Youth Secretariat

Officials from:

  • Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
  • Status of Women Canada

Local youth representatives from:

  • Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française
  • Rainbow Resource Centre
  • Sacred 7 Youth Council

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (September 2017)

Summary

The Council held its fourth in-person meeting from September 11 to 13, on the margins of the Cabinet retreat. Council members met with the Prime Minister to present their ideas on a youth policy for Canada, including how the policy could incorporate themes relating to human rights, accessibility and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

During the three-day meeting, Council members met with ministers and local youth to discuss challenges and opportunities for youth living in rural and remote communities, including tourism and entrepreneurship, the Atlantic Grown Strategy and settlement services and programming for new Canadians.

  • Highlight video – Prime Minister’s Youth Council meets in St. John’s
  • Highlight video – Prime Minister meets with the Council to discuss a youth policy for Canada
  • Twitter moment – Prime Minister’s Youth Council meets in St. John’s

Guests

The Honourable:

  • Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture
  • Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board
  • Dominic Leblanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Economic Development
  • Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism
  • Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs

Parliamentary secretaries:

  • Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth)
  • Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance

Senior officials:

  • Christiane Fox, Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Youth

Members of:

  • Atlantic Growth Advisory Group
  • Choices for Youth
  • Premier’s Youth Council of Newfoundland and Labrador

Montreal, Quebec (May 2017)

Summary

The Council held its third in-person meeting from May 4 to 6, and discussed reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. During their meeting with the Prime Minister, Council members offered their views on Canada’s implementation of the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples and discussed the development of the Recognition and Implementation Rights Framework. In addition, Council members met with youth of the Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory and visited the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal.

Throughout the three-day meeting, Council members also met with ministers and local Indigenous leaders where they shared youth views on improving access to healthcare across Canada, ensuring access to safe drinking water in remote communities and the importance of increasing public knowledge of Indigenous languages and cultures. They also participated in a Facebook Live discussion on reconciliation, with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

  • News release – Prime Minister Trudeau meets with Youth Council to discuss reconciliation with Indigenous peoples
  • Facebook Live – Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Joly discuss reconciliation with Youth Council (also accessible on YouTube)
  • Twitter moment – Prime Minister’s Youth Council meets in Montreal
  • Highlight video –  Prime Minister’s Youth Council meets in Montreal

Guests

The Honourable:

  • Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
  • Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada
  • Jane Philpott, Minister of Health
  • Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Parliamentary secretaries:

  • Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth)

Senior officials:

  • Catrina Tapley, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Operations)
  • Claudette Russell, A/Executive Director of the Privy Council Office Youth Secretariat

Additional guests:

  • Ghislain Picard, Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (Quebec and Labrador)
  • Natan Obed, President of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  • Max Fineday, Canadian Roots Exchange
  • Jason Madden, Pape Salter Teillet LLP

Calgary, Alberta (January 2017)

Summary

The Council welcomed a new group of members for the first meeting of 2017, which took place January 24 to 26, on the margins of the Cabinet retreat. Council members met with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development to discuss the development of an inclusive innovation agenda for Canada. They shared their perspectives on supporting entrepreneurship, promoting participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, as well as helping young people gain early-work experience.

Council members also met with ministers and officials to discuss climate change and clean growth, as well as supporting diversity and inclusion in the Canadian Armed Forces by combating racism and sexism discrimination. They also met with members of the Federal Expert Panel on Youth Employment, to discuss youth employment and the importance of digital skills for success in the evolving labour market.

  • News release – Prime Minister welcomes new members of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council
  • Twitter moment – Prime Minister’s Youth Council meets in Calgary
  • Highlight video – Prime Minister’s Youth Council meets in Calgary

Guests

The Honourable:

  • Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Economic Development
  • Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources
  • Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence

Parliamentary secretaries:

  • Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth)

Senior officials:

  • Tammy Harris, Major General and Deputy Commander of the Canadian Air Force
  • Les Linklater, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Operations)
  • Greta Bossenmaier, Chief of the Communications Security Establishment
  • Claudette Russell, A/Executive Director of the Privy Council Office Youth Secretariat

Additional guests:

Ottawa, Ontario (September 2016)

Summary

The Council held its inaugural meeting from September 26 to 28. Over the course of the three-day meeting, Council members met with the Prime Minister to discuss their mandate on the Council and shared their priorities. They also met with ministers and officials to discuss gender-based violence, diversity and immigration, mental health as well as climate change. The meeting included participating at the One Young World Summit, as well as a visit to Parliament Hill, to watch the Question Period and meet Parliamentarians.

  • News release – Prime Minister Trudeau welcomes the start of the first meeting of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council
  • Highlight video – Prime Minister Trudeau delivers remarks at the Opening Ceremony for the One Young World Summit

Guests

The Honourable:

  • Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women

Parliamentary secretaries:

  • Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth)

Senior officials:

  • Les Linklater, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Operations)
  • Claudette Russell, A/Executive Director of the Privy Council Office Youth Secretariat

Officials from:

  • The Canada School of Public Service
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • The Privy Council Office
  • Status of Women Canada

Additional guests:

  • Delegates of the One Young World Summit
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