Ontario Government Launches New Website To Engage Young People In Decision-Making

Province’s Minister of Children and Youth Services Rolls Out a New Digital Platform for Young People to Participate in Government Decision-Making

“YouthVoiceON delivers on our commitment to listen to youth voices and mobilize their energy and interest in influencing policy decisions that affect them. I encourage youth to start using the tool today and participate in a vital conversation that will help shape public policy and improve their futures.” – Michael Coteau,  Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services

A Call-Out to Ontario’s Young People from the Province’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services

Ontario Minister Michael Coteau recently meeting with young people at the launch of the new digital platform for youth to engage in public decision-making. Photo courtesy of Ontario Government

Posted November 3rd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Ontario is giving young people across the province more opportunity to voice the issues that matter the most to them.

Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services, and Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government, were at the WE Global Learning Centre in Toronto today to launch YouthVoiceON, a new online platform that will make it easier for youth in Ontario, ages 14 to 29, to talk directly with government about policy development.

Every month, YouthVoiceON will feature a new topic with questions to spark new conversations, and feedback will help shape the design of future government programs. The first topic will cover post-secondary education and will ask youth about the barriers they may face as they consider university, college or an apprenticeship after high school.

There are many ways to join the conversation, including on Twitter by using #OnPSEaccess or #ONyouth, or anonymously on the YouthVoiceON website.

Engaging youth in policymaking is part of the province’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Youth are more connected today than ever before. In 2015, nine in 10 millennials in Canada owned a smartphone.
  • At-risk youth are avid social media users. Many homeless youth maintain a Facebook profile and youth with disabilities spend an average of 18 hours a week on social media.
  • Ontario entered the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2016, joining more than 75 countries committed to making government more open. YouthVoiceON is one of the OGP’s 2017 Action Plan Commitments.

Additional Resources

For young people interested in participating in this new digital platform, click onhttp://youthvoiceontario.ca/ .

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