Digital Youth Advisory Committee

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The Digital Youth Advisory Committee offers 16 youth between the ages of 16 and 20, monthly volunteer opportunities to integrate a youth perspective into the design of the Government of Canada’s digital government activities. For the 2018-2019 cohort, it will be increased to 26 youth.

Youth from the National Capital Region meet in-person, up to 5 hours per month, with various Government of Canada organizations. In a workshop format, each participant of the committee provides their reaction to, ideas for improvement, and advice on various digital government initiatives each meeting.

Learn about the current Committee

Every digital government project Committee members works on is unique. Follow the latest #DigitalYAC activities on Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s Twitter channel.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for the Digital Youth Advisory Committee, youth must be:

  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • living in the National Capital Region
  • between the ages of 16 and 20
  • able to volunteer up to 5 hours per month
  • if accepted, able to travel based on pre-set weekday meetings between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • if accepted, able to meet government security clearance requirements

Please note that to ensure the safety and privacy of all youth under the age of 18 participating, applications and participation must be with parental/guardian permission and involvement in accordance with the Privacy Act as decribed in Personal Information Bank PSU 919 in Info Source.

Why participate?

The Digital Youth Advisory Committee offers youth with an interest in government an opportunity to integrate a youth perspective into future government initiatives. Common reasons for participating include:

  • Learning more about how the Government of Canada works
  • Shaping the future of digital services and programs for Canadians
  • Helping government embrace a youth perspective
  • Developing more as a young leader

When do applications open?

Applications open on a yearly basis.

Please note online applications are now closed.

The online application process is quick and easy. Applications will receive a confirmation email once their application is submitted. Applications may also be submitted by email using the following email address: YAC-CCJ@tbs-sct.gc.ca

How are youth selected?

Youth are selected using a name-blind approach. The objective is to remove any identifying applicant information, to select only based on statement of interest submissions, relevant experience, and recommendations from two references.

Youth applicants whose applications move into the final stages of the selection process will be contacted by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, using the email provided during the application process.

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