International Youth Day is a time to celebrate our young people and their limitless potential. As you know, Canada’s youth are leaders, change makers, and ambassadors.
This year’s theme, ‘Transforming education,’ highlights the need to make education more inclusive and accessible for young people everywhere. The Government of Canada is a leader in making sure young people have an equal chance to learn and succeed. During the G7 presidency, Canada and partners announced an investment of $3.8 billion in education for women and girls in conflict and crisis situations – the largest of its kind ever made. At the United Nations General Assembly this past September, we welcomed another $527 million from partners to help developing countries give every young person access to the education and training they need to succeed.
This year the Government of Canada has made progress on its commitments to young Canadians, including the release of Canada’s first ever youth policy, hosting Canada’s first Youth Summit, and the announcement of the next cohort of members of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council. The government also invested in initiatives such as the Canada Service Corps, Work-Integrated Learning and launched the modernized Youth Employment and Skills Strategy to help young Canadians pursue the careers of their choice.
Since launching its Youth engagement mailing system more than 73 youth specific opportunities have been shared through our online engagement sign-up mailing list and thanks to your feedback, we are working diligently to increase the variety of opportunities shared through the Youth Engagement Sign Up. We would like to encourage you to share with your networks so that all young Canadians can stay up to date on Government of Canada policies, programs and activities for young Canadians.
You can also access the Prime Minister’s statement on International Youth Day at pm.gc.ca/en/news/statements/2019/08/12/statement-prime-minister-international-youth-day
Happy International Youth Day!