Prime Minister's Youth Council

The Prime Minister's Youth Council (French: Conseil jeunesse du premier ministre) is an advisory board created by the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau in 2016. Currently, 10 Canadian youth aged 16 to 24 comprise the non-partisan board. Members advise the prime minister on education, economy, climate change and other issues affecting youth.[1]

Prime Minister's Youth Council
Conseil jeunesse du premier ministre
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Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Canada
HeadquartersOttawa, Ontario
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
Parent departmentCanadian Heritage
Privy Council Office
WebsiteOfficial government website

Trudeau announced the formation of the council on Twitter on 19 June 2016, after which he fielded questions online. It was the first time he used social media to make a major announcement as Prime Minister.[2]

Members of the council meet in-person or online via video or audio conference on a regular basis. Meetings may take place anywhere in Canada and the council held exceptional virtual meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.[3]

Some have felt that online meetings may be a hindrance to any Inuit youth on the council, as Internet access is not widespread in Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, Nunavik and other Arctic areas of Canada. Trudeau stated that he will work with organisations to ensure all youth are connected during the initiative.[4]


The first 15 members of the Council were announced in September 2016,[5][6] 11 members from the second cohort were announced in January 2017,[7] 10 members from the third cohort in June 2018,[8] and 8 members from the fourth cohort in August 2019.[9]

Current membersEdit

Cohort 5 — July 2021 to July 2023Edit

Past membersEdit

Cohort 1 — September 2016 to March 2018Edit

Cohort 2 — January 2017 to January 2019Edit

Cohort 3 — June 2018 to September 2020Edit

Cohort 4 — June 2019 to December 2021Edit


  1. ^ "Trudeau announces Youth Council to give input on national policy". Toronto Star. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Trudeau announces new youth advisory council". Metro News. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  3. ^ Canadian Heritage (2020-08-18). "Prime Minister's Youth Council — Need more information?". Retrieved 2020-08-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Youth leader wants Inuit on Prime Minister's Youth Council". 20 July 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  5. ^ Singh, Simran (28 September 2016). "These 15 young Canadians have been chosen to advise Prime Minister Trudeau". Daily Hive. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  6. ^ "New members of the Prime Minister's Youth Council". Prime Minister of Canada. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  7. ^ Office, Privy Council. "Biographies of first wave of members -". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  8. ^ "New Members of the Prime Minister's Youth Council". Prime Minister of Canada. 2018-06-13. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  9. ^ "Prime Minister welcomes new members to Youth Council". Prime Minister of Canada. 2019-08-01. Retrieved 2019-08-05.

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