Connecting with Canadians

Research Area:

Engaging Young Canadians

The final report "Towards an Action Plan for Canada - Our Vision, Values and Actions" was released March 31, 2006. This final version presents the dialogue participants' collective vision for Canada, and the recommended actions and responsibilities assigned for these actions.

We encourage dialogue participants and all interested citizens to send the report link to your fellow co-workers, students, volunteers, friends and families.

Despite all the talk about Canada's changing demography, its aging society and generation gaps, there is little evidence of youth engagement in policy development. Instead, there are signs of disaffection from the political process, an example of which is the low turnout of youth in elections.

The ongoing impact of many public policy decisions means that youth of today will be the ones living with the results of those decisions. Engaging young Canadians on what they see as the key policy issues of today and the future, understanding their hopes, expectations, and what they are prepared to commit to, and the values that underpin the choices they make, promises more sustainable and legitimate policies.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, CPRN organized and hosted a three-day National Dialogue and Summit to bring the voices of young adults [ages 18-25] into Canada's national conversation about our future together. The event took place November 24-27, 2005, in Ottawa.

At the three-day gathering, 150 young people had an intense dialogue, first with each other and then with 40 decision-makers from the public, community and private sectors. The broad theme of their conversation was: "What kind of Canada do we want? What do we and others have to do to make our vision a reality?" To make the discussion more concrete, the dialogue probed four broad issues young people identified as especially important: learning, work, environment and health. Please click here if you would like to download the Workbook that participants used [divided into Section 1, Background, and Section 2, Policy Issues].

We are very pleased that the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D., is continuing her role as a Patron of this initiative - a role she began as Governor General of Canada

For further details click here: What Now? Post Dialogue Roadmap


Title Type Publishedsort desc.
Engaging Citizens…Building Public Trust Presentation 8 Nov 2007
"What Do You Mean I Can't Have a Say?" Young Canadians and Their Government Research Report 18 Oct 2007
Lost in Translation: (Mis)Understanding Youth Engagement – Synthesis Report Research Report 18 Oct 2007
Rendre compte et soutenir l'action bénévole des jeunes Research Report 18 Oct 2007
The State and Potential of Civic Learning in Canada Research Report 18 Oct 2007
A Group Apart: Young Party Members in Canada Research Report 20 Sep 2007
Charting the Course for Youth Civic and Political Participation – CPRN Youth Workshop Summary Report Research Report 20 Sep 2007
Indifferent or Just Different? The Political and Civic Engagement of Young People in Canada Research Report 20 Sep 2007
The Meaning of Political Participation for Indigenous Youth Research Report 20 Sep 2007
Getting the Bug for Democracy Presentation 10 May 2007
The Youth/Ballot Box Disconnect Other 12 Apr 2007
Connecting Young People, Policy and Active Citizenship Research Report 26 May 2006
Lancer sa propre entreprise : les jeunes adultes et l'esprit d'entreprise Research Report 26 May 2006
Post-secondary Education in Canada: A Vision from Canadian Youth Research Report 26 May 2006
Towards an Action Plan for Canada: Our Vision, Values and Actions Research Report 31 Mar 2006
Youth Do Get the Bug for Democracy Commentary 18 Jan 2006
National Dialogue for Young Canadians - Background on the Four Policy Issues Other 10 Nov 2005
National Dialogue for Young Canadians - Workbook - Section 1: Background Other 10 Nov 2005
National Dialogue for Young Canadians - Workbook - Section 2: Dialogue Issues Other 10 Nov 2005
Appendix: Detailed Results of an On-line Survey with 18-25 Year-olds Research Report 28 Apr 2005
Overview and Key Findings of Survey Results Research Report 28 Apr 2005