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Young Canadians’ Parliament

What’s the YCP?

What’s the YCP?

The Young Canadians’ Parliament (YCP) is a growing movement of young people under 18 who are standing up for their rights – even at the highest levels of government.

Launched in 2020, the YCP program educates young people about their rights and Canada’s democratic system. Children and youth also learn how to advocate for themselves and others in their community.

Together, young people are speaking up on the issues that matter most to their generation.

Who can apply?

Anyone under the age of 18 who resides in Canada is welcome to apply for the YCP program.

What’s in it for me?

  • Meet other kids and youth across Canada, and join the YCP community
  • Receive a certificate of completion at the end of the one-year program
  • Receive an official letter of recognition for 15 hours of volunteer services
  • Gain exposure to networking and career development opportunities
  • Learn more ways to take action, get involved and make a difference!

For more information, see the YCP Info Sheet:

Learn more about YCP

Click here

Interested in YCP?

Check out the 2022-2023 youth report HERE!

Interested in being a YCP Facilitator?

FIND OUT MORE HERE!

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Join the YCP!

Do you want to speak up about the issues that matter most to your generation? Join the Young Canadians’ Parliament!

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Apply by June 6!

Join the Movement!

Tired of waiting for change? You’re not alone. Young people across Canada are uniting as one voice to speak up for their rights at the highest levels of government. We’re stronger together. We need your voice!
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Youth Spotlight

Simi Sahota

"I remember the first event I joined feeling very nervous and not knowing what to expect. At the end of the event, I felt so inspired and grateful that I had a chance to connect with so many youths from across Canada dealing with the same struggles as me. From there, I joined every event. After each session, I had a better faith in myself and that our generation could lead a better and bolder Canada."

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Kamil Kanji

Kamil Kanji

“We have arrived at the place in time where the rights of children matter now more than ever. We are seeing a paradigm shift across the world in regards to the elevation of the voices of young people…”

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Rae Steeves Climate Activist

Rae Steeves

“I believe that standing up for what is right is the most valuable thing you can do with your life. As humans, we have a moral obligation to make the world a better place than it was before we came along, and I believe that it is my responsibility to stand up.”

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You can register using the link in our bio!
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As kids head #BackToSchool 📚✏️🚌 you may be hearing the news about our #RaisingCanada report on the state of the nation’s children.

It’s making headlines in national and local news 📢

The report highlights the top 10 threats to childhood and calls on our Prime Minister and Premiers to take urgent action to improve children’s mental and physical health.

Spoiler alert ‼️ #thekidsarenotalright

As a parent, you may be wondering what this means for your child and what you can do to make life better for them and for their peers.

Our founder and CEO @saralaustin has a message for you!

Check out the 3 simple daily practices recommended @lby @drshimikang and learn how you can speak up for kids and help them speak up for themselves!

We all have the power to make life better for the kids we know and love 💕 and for all 8 million kids in Canada 🇨🇦

Will you join us?

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🚨The #RaisingCanada 2023 report is now available! 🚨

As kids head #backtoschool, the #RaisingCanada report couldn't be timelier. The report sounds the alarm on the state of the nation’s children, shedding light on the top 10 threats to childhood.

Among the key findings:

- 1/2 of Canadian youth experienced depression during the pandemic

- Rates of violence, poverty and racism have increased significantly

- Food insecurity among young people increased by 29%.

Climate change 🌎 is a persistent threat in 2023 due to rising rates of climate-related illnesses, deaths, and massive disruptions caused by wildfires and floods.

And for the first time, the report identifies technology misuse as an emerging and cross-cutting threat 📲.

Let's stand together and demand action.

It’s time for the Government of Canada and every province/territory to put #ChildrenFirst

Dive into the report to learn more about the challenges facing children and how we can make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up!

Read more about the top 10 threats by using the link in our bio!
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🎒🍎✏️The pencils are sharpened, the notebooks are new, and our hearts are full of anticipation. A brand new academic year is here! Wishing everyone a spectacular journey of discovery, filled with new friendships, inspiring lessons, and unforgettable moments. Let's make this a #SchoolYearToRemember! So, what are your goals this year? Drop them in the comments below! #ChildrenFirst #SchoolYearBegins #WelcomeBack #BacktoSchool ...

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“I remember the first event I joined feeling very nervous and not knowing what to expect. At the end of the event, I felt so inspired and grateful that I had a chance to connect with so many youths from across Canada dealing with the same struggles as me. From there, I joined every event. After each session, I had a better faith in myself and that our generation could lead a better and bolder Canada.”
Simi Sahota - YCP Participant

Simi Sahota

YCP Participant

“I believe that standing up for what is right is the most valuable thing you can do with your life. As humans, we have a moral obligation to make the world a better place than it was before we came along, and I believe that it is my responsibility to stand up.”
Rae Steeves Climate Activist

Rae Steeves

Climate Justice Activist and member of the Young Canadians’ Parliament

YCP Participants

YCP Participant

“I enjoyed meeting new people from across Canada, I enjoyed learning to facilitate and how technology worked. I loved speaking up to parliamentarians and having them listen. I really enjoyed meeting people with the same attitude and energy about changing the world.”

Check out this CBC Kids News Story about the YCP!

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Do you want to speak up about the issues that matter most to your generation? Join the Young Canadians’ Parliament! Registration closes September 9. Apply now

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Did you know that you have rights?

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Children Are Citizens with Rights!

The Young Canadians’ Parliament (YCP) is led by Children First Canada’s Youth Ambassadors and Youth Advisory Council. It is built from a rights-based approach, and one of the central tenets involves teaching children their rights and supporting their participation in decisions that affect their lives. The YCP is open to children and youth in Canada under the age of 18, and involves participants that represent the rich diversity of Canadian society. This project has been made possible in part by the Canadian Red Cross, Government of Canada, Gail O’Brien, TELUS, IG Wealth Management, and #RisingYouth, a program of TakingITGlobal. Special thanks to our partner, Wisdom2Action.

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