Getting Civically Involved

For Canada 150 our tips in are all about how Canadian youth can be more civically engaged!

  • Canadian youth! Check out Justin Trudeau's #PMYouthCouncil & how to get involved.

  • Get to know the Canadian political parties as a way to get acquainted with the issues.

  • What news stories inspire you or make you angry? Being aware of this can help guide how you can make change in your community.

  • Write an email, Tweet or call your local representative about an issue that concerns you. These interactions do get seen!

  • Start a blog to help focus your ideas, create a platform for dialogue and share concerns about key issues that matter to you.

  • Talk about politics with friends & family, but always stay true to what you think is right. Your voice & vote is your own.

  • Read a news story that inspired you or made you mad? Send a message to the editor of the news source and get heard!

  • Organize events to raise awareness or funds for causes that matter to you. Libraries & community centres are a good place to start!

  • Civic engagement can mean getting more involved at school. Look into your schools GSA, Social Justice or Student Council clubs.

  • Spend some time researching groups whose ideals/stance on issues match your own and join up or volunteer.

  • Join a peaceful demonstration. Young people all over the world have been gathering peacefully as a way to be heard.

  • Think globally, act locally: world issues can be daunting. Look to what's happening in your community to tackle larger issues.

  • Get inspiration: See what happened when 12 Indigenous youth were invited to speak with the Senate Committee this spring.

  • ElectionsON offers all sorts of non-partisan voting info. Worth checking out to stay informed!

  • Remember that any form of for-profit media needs revenue, so they may be biased. Keep this in mind when you read/watch the news.

  • Want to be more civically engaged? Our friends at YWCA Canada made a Civic Engagement toolkit for youth.

  • Look online to find out who represents your area at the municipal, provincial and national level and how to contact them.

  • Not all news sources are helpful. Find a balanced news source you trust to keep up to date with issues that matter to you.

  • Incorporating issues that matter to you into school assignments can be a way to stay motivated and excited about school work.

  • Find out how & when to attend a city council or committee meeting and go. It's a great way to see how the system works.

  • Create a clear plan before fundraising for a cause or event. Enlisting the help of a mentor for advice can be a huge help.

  • Talk to people that represent both sides of an issue. Understanding how others think strengthens your own ideas.

  • Find out how groups are including the youth voice. Ask how you can help them strengthen youth perspectives.

  • Knowing the levels of government and how they work is essential to being civically involved. Start here.

  • NewYouth is an online community for young newcomers to Canada with info about civic engagement.

  • Check out what's happening at your local library. Libraries are often hubs of activity for civically-minded peeps.

  • Incorporate your local paper or radio station into your fave news sources. They are telling stories that matter to YOUR city.

  • Don't let being away at school stop you from voting! Find out how students can register to vote.

  • Being involved with causes can be very satisfying but can also burn you out. Focus on what's important and practice self care.

  • If you need to get volunteer or placement hours, try and seek out opportunities that'll tap into something you're passionate about.

  • Being passionate & involved with a cause comes with responsibility. Beware of creating or sharing Fake News in your quest for change.