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Prime Minister's Youth Council

Have a question about engagement opportunities with the Government of Canada or the Prime Minister’s Youth Council? You should be able to find your answer below by browsing the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). 

If you can’t find an answer to your question, feel free to contact us at youth-jeunesse@pco-bcp.gc.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

Opportunities to Get Involved

Signing Up

1. In what ways can I hear about youth engagement opportunities and youth issues?

Sign up to receive our Newsletter and/or to be contacted for engagement opportunities.

Youth Newsletter

2. Who can sign up to receive the newsletter?

Anyone can sign up to receive the newsletter.

3. How do I sign up for the newsletter?

Fill out the online form and choose the option: “Sign up to receive email updates about youth issues”.

Engagement Opportunities

4. How do I sign up for engagement opportunities?

Fill out the online form and choose the option: “Be asked to participate in activities or provide your opinion on important policy decisions by the Government of Canada”. You can select up to five areas that interest you.

5. Who can sign up for engagement opportunities?

Any Canadian citizen, landed immigrant and protected person interested in engaging with the Government of Canada can sign up for engagement opportunities. If an opportunity has a specific age requirement, we will tell you.

6. What kinds of engagement opportunities are available?

Opportunities vary. They could include participation in advisory committees, online and in-person discussions, consultations, hackathons and opportunities to participate in domestic and international delegations.

7. Can I propose an interest area that hasn’t yet been identified for engagement opportunities?

Yes. When filling out the online form, select “Other, please specify” to share additional interests.

8. How do I change my areas of interest?

Go back to your application and modify it by either accessing the URL received by email when you first signed up, or by using the email and password you used to set up your account. If you forget your password or user account you can reset it.

9. Are travel costs covered if an engagement opportunity is not in my city?

It will depend on the opportunity. We will inform you of the details for participating in the opportunity.

10. If I receive a confirmation that I have been accepted for an in-person engagement opportunity and I can’t go, can I transfer it to a friend?

It depends. If it is an open forum, that does not require a formal invitation then, yes, absolutely. If it is an opportunity that involves a competitive selection process then, no, the opportunity is not transferable.

11. How do I unsubscribe?

Please send us an email at youth-jeunesse@pco-bcp.gc.ca, with the subject: Delete.

Prime Minister’s Youth Council

Background

1. What is the Prime Minister’s Youth Council?

A body of young Canadians aged 16 to 24, who provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister on national issues such as employment, access to education, building stronger communities as well as climate change and clean growth, among others. Listening to the issues that matter most to young people is an important commitment of the government.

2. How many members does the Youth Council have?

The Youth Council currently has 26 members. Read more about them.

3. Will the Youth Council always have 26 members?

The size of the Council may change over time. When a new wave of Council members is selected there could be up to 30 members in total.

4. What is expected of the Youth Council members?

Council members meet both online and in person several times a year to discuss issues that matter to their peers, their community and country. They interact with each other outside of meetings to discuss ideas and upcoming activities, and talk with their peers about issues that matter most to them. There may also be opportunities to engage with local and national organizations, meet with policy makers and decision-makers like Cabinet Ministers, and attend public events.

5. How will I be notified if I am selected for the Youth Council?

If your application moves into the final stages of the selection process, you will be contacted at the email address that you provided in your application.

6. How long do members serve the Youth Council?

Members serve for a mandate of up to two years.

7. If I am selected as a member of the Youth Council, can I serve more than one mandate?

No, you can only serve one mandate.

8. Will I get paid to be a member of the Youth Council?

Members are allocated a fixed remuneration for their time while conducting Council business. Your accommodation and travel costs will also be covered when you attend Council meetings outside your home community.

9. How will Council members provide policy advice to the Prime Minister?

The Prime Minister wants to hear from young people on subjects that matter to them and to all Canadians. The perspectives of youth will be one of many sources of relevant input that go into the policy-making process. Council members can provide advice verbally at meetings with the Prime Minister, Ministers or Government officials and in writing between meetings.

10. What is the time commitment for Council members?

Council members will meet several times per year. In addition, there will be virtual meetings and planning activities leading up to and following Council meetings. On average, Council members can anticipate spending 15 hours per month on Council-related activities.

11. Will the meetings take place on school days or weekends?

Meetings could take place on weekdays or weekends. Council members will be notified in advance of the meeting schedule.

12. Do I have to sign a media waiver? What if I’m 16 or 17?

Yes, you will have to sign a waiver.

If you are 16 or 17: your parents or legal guardians and you will have to sign a consent form authorizing the Government of Canada to use any images or video footage taken of you.

If you are 18 to 24: you will have to sign a consent form authorizing the Government of Canada to use any images or video footage taken of you.

13. If I am selected for the Youth Council, will my name and photo be displayed in the media or online?

Yes, your name, biography and photo will be displayed on the Youth Council’s website once the members have been announced publicly. Your name could also be mentioned in various communications products and in the media. This is why you will have to sign a waiver.

14. Will you provide accommodations for special needs?

Yes, accommodations for special needs or disabilities will be provided, according to your specific situation.

15. Do I have to take care of my own travel arrangements?

No, all your travel and accommodation needs will be taken care of by the Government of Canada. The government will book your travel, reserve your hotel room and provide food during your Council meetings. They will also organize online seminars and teleconference calls.

16. Will all meetings be held in Ottawa?

No, meetings could be held across the country. The first Youth Council meeting was held in Ottawa in September 2016, and the second meeting was held in Calgary in January 2017.

17. Will someone meet me at the airport or train station when I arrive at the meeting location?

If you are under 18, a representative will meet you and ensure that you get to your meeting place and hotel safely.

18. If I am selected for the Youth Council, what happens next?

You will receive a training package ahead of time to help you prepare for your meetings. Additional training will be provided at face-to-face sessions.

Application process for the Youth Council

19. What is the application process?

You will be asked to fill out an online form in which you must provide background information on your identity, your experience and involvement over the last two years in organizations, activities you have undertaken in your community, your leadership experience, initiatives that you have launched, and the total number of hours contributed to all of the above.

20. How do I apply? What are the terms and conditions?

First, you need to be aged 16 to 24 when you apply. Second, you will have to fill out the online application form. We will then review the applications and contact those selected to proceed to the interview stage.

Please note that to be considered eligible for the Youth Council, you will need to be no older than 24 at the time that the selection closes.

There is another very important reason to complete your application now. When submitting your application you can choose to be contacted for involvement with other youth engagement opportunities with the Government of Canada. These ongoing opportunities take place across many government departments and they are happening right now.

21. Do I have to be bilingual in order to apply?

You may apply in the official language of your choice. You do not have to be bilingual.

22. If I already applied and was not selected, can I apply again for the next round of selection?

If you have already applied and you were not selected, we will keep your application and will inform you by email of the deadline for future Youth Council recruitment campaigns. This will give you a chance to update your application, and fulfill any additional requirement for future application processes.

23. I already submitted my application. Can I still make changes to it?

You can go back to your application and modify it by accessing the URL received by email when you first applied. The only aspect of your application that you cannot change is your email address, since that will be your login identity for the online application form. Think carefully about which email address you want to use, since that will be our primary way of contacting you. If you do not have the URL you can reset your account.

24. Do I have to be Canadian in order to apply? Do I have to submit proof of residency, citizenship, or age with my application?

You must be a Canadian citizen, a landed immigrant or protected person in order to apply. You do not need to submit proof of your identity with your online application. However, if you are contacted for the next steps of the selection process, you will need to provide satisfactory proof to establish your identity.

25. Can I apply if I am a Canadian living abroad?

Yes. We will review individual cases once candidates are selected for the interviews and for the final selection.

26. Can I apply in person, using regular mail, etc.?

No. We will only accept applications submitted using the online form. Accommodations will be made for applicants with little or no internet access.  Please get in touch with us if you require an alternative process.

27. What is the deadline to submit my application?

You can apply at any time for the next selection process. Our next deadline will be posted in the fall of 2017.

28. How long will it take me to fill out the application online?

Some questions on the application require careful reflection, and for others you may need to consult your records (for example: volunteer hours). You should plan to spend a few hours working on your application to ensure that it is the best possible, and most accurate, representation of yourself. You can take as much time as you need to fill it out, and you can save it and return to it at another time before submitting your final application. 

29. What is the difference between “save” and “submit”? If I “save” my application will it be “submitted”?

Use “save” to save your draft application. Saving your application will not submit it. In order for us to consider your application, you have to click on the “submit” button.

30. Does the information in my application remain confidential?

As stated in the Privacy Notice Statement, the personal information you provide in this application will be used for three purposes only:

  1. Selecting members of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council;
  2. Sending you email updates about youth issues; and
  3. With your express consent, disclosing to / sharing with government institutions (as defined in section 3 of the Privacy Act) if there is a youth engagement opportunity in an area that you identify in this application as being of interest to you.

Your personal information contained in your responses to the application will only be accessed by those parties directly involved in the above activities, and its confidentiality is protected under the Privacy Act.
Also, the candidates who are selected to become members of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council will be asked to write a brief biography that will be released online. This biography may be written by the members themselves and thus will only contain information that the members wish to include.

31. Can I submit more than one application?

No. You can only submit one application.

32. How long will you be accepting applications?

Applications for the Youth Council will be accepted indefinitely. Any applications submitted now will be informed by email of the requirements and deadlines for the next phase of the Youth Council recruitment campaign, set to start in 2017. This will give you a chance to update your application, and fulfill any additional requirement for future application processes. Please note that in order to be considered eligible for the Youth Council, you will need to be no older than 24 at the time that the selection closes.

You should consider submitting your application now because there are other youth engagement opportunities with the Government of Canada taking place across many departments that may interest you before the next wave of Council members is selected.

33. Can I still get in touch with you once the campaign closes?

Yes, click on the “Contact us” section of our website and follow the next steps.

34. Can I put forward someone else’s name?

No. Each applicant must fill out their own online form.

35. How will I know that my application has been received? Will you acknowledge receipt of my application?

Your application will be automatically sent to us once you click on “submit” after signing your application form. The “thank you” message displayed afterwards will confirm that your application has been received. You will be able to download or print your application in MS Word or PDF format for your own records.

36. Should I send my application to you by email, once it is complete?

No. Your application is fully available to us once you click on “submit”. You do not need to take any further action once you see the “thank you” message.

37. I need more space to describe some of my experience. What should I do?

Please try to summarize your experience as concisely as possible. You can also use the box “2) Is there anything else you would like to tell us?” at the end of the form to write more about your experience.

Selection process for the Youth Council

38. What happens to my application once I submit it? How are applications screened?

Once the application period is closed, government officials will review and evaluate the applications received and contact only those selected to proceed to the second stage.

39. How will you select the members of the Youth Council?

In the first stage, three pools of approximately 100 applicants are chosen from all the applicants to form a pool of 300 individuals who proceed to the second stage.

The first pool is made up of approximately 100 applicants with the highest scores in community engagement in each region of Canada to recognize their engagement efforts. The second pool is made up of 100 randomly selected applicants in order to achieve a fair and broad representation of all youth applicants. The third pool of approximately 100 applicants is formed based on diversity indicators, to ensure that the large pool of 300 is fully representative of the diversity of Canada.

The second stage of the selection process invites the top 300 applicants to participate in a video interview and submit their résumés online, with references. Only those selected for this second stage of the selection process are contacted. This additional information is used to select the top candidates. We then review the video interviews, references, and résumés, and then contact those who are proceeding to the final stage.

40. When can I expect to be contacted for the video interview stage?

If you are chosen to proceed to the second stage of the selection process, you will be contacted within approximately six weeks after the application deadline, which will be announced closer to the next round of selection in 2017.

41. What if I live in a community with little or no internet access?

If you are selected for the video interview stage but the internet infrastructure in your community creates barriers to submitting the video, then a phone interview will be used.

42. After I pass the first stage, what will the interview be like?

We will ask you a few questions using an online video where you will be asked to provide your answers using video responses. This process, done using an online platform, mimics a live interview, but enables you to answer our questions from your computer or your mobile device. Our system allows you to practise your answers before you record them. You will also be asked to upload your résumé on this system, so be sure to have it ready in PDF format.

Additional interviews may be conducted as deemed necessary. Due to both the confidential nature of the selection process and the high number of applicants, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted regarding the next stages of the process.

43. How do I prepare for my interview if I make it to the next stage?

First and foremost, be yourself! Don’t overanalyze it, don’t overthink it. We do suggest that you reflect on your community engagement and your life experiences since this will shape the advice that successful candidates will give to the Prime Minister on issues that matter to them and their peers.

44. Will face-to-face interviews be conducted?

Additional interviews may be conducted as deemed necessary. Due to both the confidential nature of the selection process and the high number of applicants, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted regarding the next stages of the process.

45. Who can I use for a reference? Why do you have to check references?

It all depends on who can verify the facts that you have included in your written submission. For example, it can be a teammate or the captain of your sports team, a professor, a teacher, a member of your family whom you support through caregiving, or someone you serve or who supervises you through volunteering, etc. This person should be able to describe your role, your experience, and attest to your level of engagement. We may check references to ensure that everyone has a fair chance in the application process. We only request references in the interview phase.

46. I will be unavailable for this period of time and will not be able to submit my application by the deadline. Can I have an extension?

No, extensions will not be granted, but you can still apply at any time. Your application will be saved and considered for the next round of Council member selection. Additionally, if you choose to do so, your application will enable you to participate in other youth engagement opportunities taking place with the Government of Canada, based on your areas of interest.

47. I missed the application deadline due to technical issues. Can I submit an application anyway?

Applications are always welcomed. Your application will be considered for the next Youth Council recruitment campaign. Further details will be announced in the fall 2017.

48. What types of security checks are required to become a member of the Youth Council?

A standard security check will be conducted for those candidates who are selected to be Youth Council members. This background check, which is a three way check, will require verification from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and an open source check (your comments made online). Please note that more information, including what forms to fill out, will be provided to the candidates who are selected to be Council members.

49. I hold a valid security clearance from the Government of Canada / a provincial / a territorial government department. Am I still required to undergo another security check to become a member of the Youth Council?

Yes. The security check process for Council appointments is still required, even for those candidates who possess a valid security clearance from a federal, provincial or territorial government.

50. Will I have to submit a résumé during the application process (curriculum vitae)?

Yes, those moving to the second stage of the application process will have to upload their résumé at the same time as they do their video interview.

51. What can I do in anticipation of the next recruitment campaign?

Continue getting involved in your community and in other opportunities organized by the Government of Canada. If you have already applied, we will inform you by email of the requirements and deadlines for the next phase of the Youth Council recruitment campaign. This will give you a chance to update your application, and fulfill any additional requirement for future application processes. You can also download your own copy of your application, which you can do on the final page of the application form.

52. I am over the age of 24. How can I get involved?

Using the online form, you can choose these options: “sign up to receive email updates about youth issues” and/or ““Be asked to participate in activities or provide your opinion on important policy decisions by the Government of Canada”.

53. I am under the age of 16. How can I get involved?

Using the online form, you can choose these options: “sign up to receive email updates about youth issues”, and/or ““Be asked to participate in activities or provide your opinion on important policy decisions by the Government of Canada”.

Information for parents

54. Do I have to pay anything for my child to attend the Youth Council meetings?

No, all costs associated with travel and accommodations (meal and transportation included) will be covered by the Government of Canada. A complete list for the reimbursement of reasonable expenses incurred while travelling on government business can be found online.

55. Do I have to sign a consent form in order for my child to travel and attend the Youth Council meetings?

Depending on your child’s age, we will provide you with a consent form to that effect, if needed.

56. Will an adult be present to supervise my child during Youth Council activities?

There are facilitators and officials during Youth Council meetings. For all those who require supervision, a person who has the proper security clearance will be present to supervise activities during the meetings.

57. As a parent, can I accompany my child on their way to their meeting with the Youth Council? Can I stay for the meetings?

You can travel with your child before their meetings with the Youth Council; however, you will have to assume all of your own travel and accommodation costs (hotel, meals). These will be closed meetings and parents will not be able to attend. However, our facilitators will oversee the meetings.

58. My child is a minor. Will they be supervised outside of meeting hours?

Measures will be taken to ensure your child’s safety. For example, a person with the proper security clearance will oversee those who require supervision.

59. If my child has special accommodations/needs, will those be addressed?

Yes, we will accommodate youth with disabilities and work with individual situations.

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