Trudeau and Marci Ien

Youth Council meets in Ottawa to advocate for young Canadians

eAwaz Local News

OTTAWA – The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the diverse perspectives and priorities of young Canadians are central in building a stronger, more inclusive and equitable future for all.

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, joined the Prime Minister’s Youth Council for their first in-person meeting since the start of the pandemic.

Over three days, Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations; Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board; Jenna Sudds, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth; Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; Lynne Thomson, Associate Deputy Minister in the Strategic Policy Branch at Health Canada, and many more special guests are consulting Council members on the priorities of pharmacare, mental health, reconciliation, reproductive rights, pandemic recovery and much more.

The Youth Council is a key sounding board for the Prime Minister, members of Parliament, and senior government officials. Council members advocate for and are consulted on various issues, such as affordable housing, immigration, mental health, addictions, social equity, and support for Indigenous, racialized, and 2SLGBTQI+ youth. We know that youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow—they are the leaders of today. The PMYC is just one pillar of the Government of Canada’s work to ensure that youth voices are not only heard, but truly listened to.

The Prime Minister’s Youth Council empowers youth from across Canada and from a broad range of backgrounds and lived experiences to speak up, share their perspectives, and receive support in their advocacy efforts.

“Young people not only face unique challenges, they have unique and innovative solutions to tackle them. I always look forward to engaging with the members of my Youth Council, who provide invaluable advice that helps shape our government’s policies and priorities, and ensure that we deliver the future they—and all young Canadians—deserve.” – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“I always look forward to my discussions with the Prime Minister’s Youth Council (PMYC). They challenge us all to listen to the perspectives of youth from across Canada and ensure that youth are included and present at the table.  As the Minister responsible for youth and co-chair of the Council, PMYC members provide an important perspective that help inform how to best support and empower all youth in Canada.” – Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth