Amplify the voices of youth!

City Youth Council of Toronto
Position type: 
Contract - full-time

This is an amazing opportunity to amplify the voices of youth by raising awareness and bringing attention to topics which are important to you and your neighbourhood - further striving to bring about positive change.

Every two years the City Youth Council of Toronto (CYC) hosts an election to elect Youth Councillors in all of our chapters across Canada. Our chapters are the only democratically elected network of Youth Councils in North America.

Voting is a fundamental right of our democracy. When you vote for your Youth Councillor, you are selecting one of your peers to represent you at City Hall to ensure youth have a strong voice in how your City functions.

Municipal government is involved in many aspects of our daily lives — from fixing roads, providing water and electricity, collecting garbage, caring for children, youth, and the elderly, running public transit, supporting the arts, and protecting your city’s citizens.

* Please visit the webpage for detailed information and the Application,

The Role of a Youth Councillor

As a Youth Councillor, you will amplify the voices of youth in your ward by raising awareness of important issues and striving for change in our city.

  • ATTEND monthly Youth Council meetings.
  • PARTICIPATE in 1 Youth Council committee.
  • PUBLISH a personal website or Facebook Page
  • SEND monthly email updates to your youth constituents (email list provided)
  • MEET 2 youth groups in your community
  • HOST 2 community town hall meetings
  • ORGANIZE 1 event and/or fundraiser
  • INTERACT monthly with your City Councillor
  • ATTEND a City Council Meeting
  • SHADOW your City Councillor
  • RECRUIT 36 new members


Candidate nomination is FREE!

The next General Election is October 17 – 23, 2016

Candidate Qualifications

  • Live in the City of Toronto;
  • Live or go to school in the ward you wish to seek election in;
  • Be at least 14 years old as of January 1, 2017.
  • Be no older than 24 years old as of November 1, 2018.

Candidates must submit a nomination form which includes proof of qualifying age and address. We take privacy and security very seriously and only collect your information for verification purposes. Candidates who do not wish to upload identification may print, complete, and upload a Guarantor Form in lieu of identification.

How to Register

1. Read our Candidate Guide The Candidate Guide contains everything you need to know including in-depth details on the nomination process, campaigning, election and responsibilities of a Youth Councillor.

2. Register on our website Registering is how we track your candidate information, the votes you receive, and gives you eligibility to vote as well.

The last day to file a nomination is October 14, 2016. Don’t wait too long to file the form, as you’ll need enough time to recruit supporters!

3. Campaign! Get your name out there and encourage youth to vote for you! Look at page 20 of our Candidate Guide for more information on how to campaign.

How exactly will I accomplish all of this?

In addition to attending our monthly Youth Council meetings (which model the procedures of City Council meetings), we’ll help you get the word out about your causes and work towards your goals.

Throughout your term, you will develop relationships with decision-makers, gain practical experience in the field of public service, and have an opportunity to build your networks.

You will be expected to engage youth in your ward and empower them to affect positive change in their communities; develop a work-plan that has specific and measurable objectives; and learn how to use and share your privilege and power responsibly.

You need to be prepared to balance school, work, personal life, and your responsibilities to the youth in your community; you need to have a genuine interest in capacity building and community development; and you need to be innovative and willing to build consensus.

* * Look daunting? No worries! You will receive training, resources, and support from our administration team.

Apply To

Application deadline: 
Friday, October 14, 2016