Environment and Climate Change Youth Council

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The application process is now closed

Thank you to all who submitted an application. Stay tuned to meet the members of the Youth Council!

Overview

Overview

Young Canadians are not just the leaders of the future, they are leaders today. They are among those leading the charge toward a cleaner future.  

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is looking for 10 Canadians between the ages of 18 and 25 to join a new Youth Council. The Youth Council is an excellent opportunity for passionate young Canadians to enact change on some of the country’s most important issues at the federal level.

Members of the Environment and Climate Change Youth Council will have meaningful opportunities to engage with government and provide input on the defining environmental issues of our time. They will gain skills and experience that will help start their careers, and connect with a network of like-minded young people.

The Council will focus on the following areas in its first year:

  • Ensuring Canada undergoes a green recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to enact the measures of the national climate plan;
  • Net-zero emissions by 2050;
  • International summits; and
  • Nature-based solutions to fight climate change and biodiversity loss.

The Council will meet every four months, with one annual in-person meeting when it is safe under COVID-19 health guidelines. Council members can expect to spend about five hours per month on Council-related activities. Successful applicants will be named to the Council for a two-year term.

Remuneration

This is a volunteer position. Council members will not receive any gifts, honoraria or payment. ECCC will pay for travel expenses related to in-person meetings, and will make all travel and accommodation arrangements. Expenses covered include transportation, hotel rooms, and food.

Overview of the application process

  • Step 1: Identify an organization that will support your application by nominating you.
  • Step 2: Complete the online application before the deadline of August 18, 2021 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Applications are no longer being accepted.
  • Step 3: Make sure your organization submits their nomination form before the deadline of November 10, 2021 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. Nomination forms are no longer being accepted.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact us at youth-jeunesse@ec.gc.ca.

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Who can apply

Who can apply

You are eligible for the Environment and Climate Change Youth Council if you are:

An organization is defined as:

  • Not-for-profit, such as charitable and volunteer organizations, professional associations, and non-governmental organizations;
  • Indigenous, governments, boards, commissions, communities, associations and authorities;
  • Local, such as community associations and groups, youth groups, and service clubs.
 
How to apply

How to apply  

Step 1: Identify an organization to nominate you

All applicants must be nominated by an organization related to Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) mandate and/or to youth engagement.

Before submitting your online application, identify an organization you have been involved with and confirm that they would be willing to support your application by nominating you.

For more information on what qualifies as an organization, see the Who can apply section.  

Step 2: Complete the online application form

The Applications period is now closed (as of 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on August 18, 2021).

Step 3: Nominating organization completes the nomination form

The nomination period is now closed (as of 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on November 10, 2021).

Receipt of the nomination form is a necessary part of the application process. To be considered, it is your responsibility to ensure that the organization submits your nomination form to ECCC before the deadline. Your application will not be considered if your nomination form is received after the deadline.

Application assessment and results

Application assessment and results

Selection process

Applications will be screened to ensure the candidate meets basic eligibility requirements.

Applications will be evaluated using the following assessment criteria:

  • The candidate’s collaboration and innovation skills
  • The candidate’s knowledge and passion for the environment
  • The nominating organization’s connection to the Council’s mandate
  • The nominating organization’s support of meaningful youth engagement

Priority will be given to organizations and candidates that reflect the diversity of young Canadians across a number of areas (e.g. Indigenous ancestry, rural and remote communities, gender identity, life experiences, linguistic, ethnic, cultural representation, etc.).

Please note: due to the high volume of applications, acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent and inquiries related to the status of assessments will not be answered. The selection committee will contact successful applicants directly.

How you will be notified of the results

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) will notify successful applicants and their nominating organizations by email.

For applicants who are not selected, ECCC will notify the nominating organization by email.

Questions and answers

Questions and answers

Q1. How do Council members provide advice to the Minister?
A1. Youth Council members provide written meeting summaries to the Minister after each meeting. Members will be encouraged to provide periodic written and verbal updates to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). The Council will prepare a summary of its work at the end of the two-year term.

Q2. As a Council member, do I give my personal views and opinions when providing advice, or those of the nominating organization?
A2. Youth Council members should not be required by their nominating organization to reflect the organization’s points of view. Any advice, suggestions, or opinions provided by members should reflect their personal opinions. However, members may consult their nominating organization before providing advice if they so wish.

Q3. What is the time commitment for Youth Council members?
A3. The Youth Council meets a minimum of four times per year. Ad-hoc or special meetings may be called as required. For example, special meetings may be called to provide recommendations on specific issues. Preparation for each meeting, which will include reading material provided to members by ECCC, could take from one to three hours. Council meetings will be held virtually, with one in-person meeting per year (contingent on travel and meeting guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Canada). ECCC will pay for travel expenses related to in-person meetings, and will make all travel and accommodation arrangements. Expenses covered include transportation, hotel rooms, and food.  Council members should be prepared to spend about five hours per month on Council-related activities.

Q4. I am a representative of a nominating organization, and our nominee was selected for the Council. Is my organization guaranteed a spot on the Council in future cohorts?
A4. No. ECCC will launch a new selection process every two years. Having a nominee on a current Council will not influence an organization’s chances of securing a spot on the Council for future candidates.

Q5. I still have questions, who can I contact?
A5. If you have any questions, please contact youth-jeunesse@ec.gc.ca.

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