Building a Youth Policy
Ensuring young Canadians are supported and empowered.
We heard you!
We asked you – Canada’s youth – to tell us what issues matter most to you and you answered! We received over 9,000 ideas through online submissions and youth participation in over 60 roundtable discussions across the country. You told us what you think about education and employment, physical and mental health, environment and climate change, reconciliation and so much more:
Youth education and employment
Physical and mental health
Environment and climate change
Economic opportunity, innovation and money
Gender equality, inclusion and accessibility
Canadian identity, immigration and international experiences
Civic engagement and youth impact
Service and volunteering
Rural, remote and northern communities
% of Have Your Say booklet respondents who identified each among the top 3 issues affecting youth
We are currently reviewing all the ideas and feedback you submitted and will post a What We Heard report in the coming weeks so you can read what your peers have said.
We sincerely thank you for your input and participation — you are helping to shape the future of young people in Canada!
We will hold a youth engagement workshop in every province and territory this summer as we continue to develop the policy. Please see below for a list of dates and locations.
To register for an event, please email us. Please note registration is limited.
- Thunder Bay, ON
- Halifax, NS
- Vancouver, BC
- Montréal, QC
- Saskatoon, SK
- Whitehorse, YK
- Toronto, ON
- Summerside, PEI
- Yellowknife, NWT
- Dieppe, NB
- Kingston, ON
- Golden, BC
- Winnipeg, MB
- St. John’s, NL
- Iqaluit, NU
- Edmonton, AB
What is a Youth Policy?
A youth policy is a commitment to create a vision for youth – by youth – which can guide the priorities and actions of governments and society to ensure that youth are supported and their voices are heard and respected.
The Government of Canada wants to make a commitment to young Canadians and create Canada’s first-ever youth policy, so we wanted to hear from our diverse Canadian youth to help shape it! This policy will be a tool to help achieve goals that are important to youth and that will have a meaningful, long-lasting impact for all young Canadians.
A youth policy can take many forms and there are various examples to consider from around the world.
Some include strategies that map out a vision for youth (e.g. Australia’s National Strategy for Young Australians) and include guidelines (e.g. Germany’s Guidelines for a New Federal Youth Policy) or themes (e.g. Japan’s Vision for Children and Young People).
Others include measures of youth outcomes (e.g. Ontario’s Stepping up: A Strategic Framework to Help Ontario’s Youth Succeed) and specific actions or investments (e.g. Quebec’s La Stratégie d'action jeunesse 2016-2021, available in French only.)
Some countries have also chosen to implement legislation (e.g. Finland’s Youth Act) to ensure that government commitments to youth are concrete.
Do you want to know how Canada’s youth are doing?