About Us

about us

All youth have the creativity and potential to spark extraordinary change — to use their skills and take action in their communities. We believe in empowering youth by investing in them, giving them trust, opportunities, and resources so they can build skills that they can show the world.

By tailoring programs that meet youth where they are at, Youth Ottawa gives youth opportunities to achieve their goals and, in turn, empower other youth.

The Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee (OYEC) consists of youth working in partnership with the City of Ottawa to inform decisions and actions that help make our city a better, safer, and more equal place for all youth.

Making a one year commitment to be part of the committee, youth attend monthly meetings and work to form Yearly Action Plans (YAPs) based on consultations with hundreds of youth from Ottawa. The goal of this program is to assure that youth are valued stakeholders in our municipality and to amplify the voices of the diverse communities of youth in Ottawa, in action and through representation.

 

OYEC has consulted with dozens of City Departments, advocated for the lower-income bus pass and more racial/cultural sensitivity training for City Staff, and developed initiatives such a Mayor for a Day and Councillors in Civics Classes.

What OYEC has worked on

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Affordable Transit

OYEC organized meetings along with many other advocacy groups to encourage OC Transpo to implement a low-income bus pass (the EquiPass), which was passed by Council at half the cost of a regular monthly pass. It was implemented in 2017.

Youth & the Municipal Government

In 2018, in collaboration with Mayor Watson’s office, OYEC launched Mayor for a Day. Over 90 high school students submitted an application listing three changes they would make to the City of Ottawa, and two high school students won the opportunity to shadow Mayor Watson and his staff for a day.

Relationships


OYEC has encouraged Councillor meetings with students regarding issues that matter to youth. In the fall/winter of 2018-2019, we’ll be piloting our Councillors in Civics Program: a toolkit for teachers & Councillors to better facilitate and guide Councillor visits to Grade 10 Civics classes.

Environment

At the request of the Environmental Services Department, OYEC consulted with over 50 students and teachers to understand issues with the Composting in Schools Program. Members compiled a report with recommendations, many of which were implemented in September 2018.

At the request of the Environmental Services Department, OYEC consulted with over 50 students and teachers to understand issues with the Composting in Schools Program. Members compiled a report with recommendations, many of which were implemented in September 2018.

Communications

The Youth Portal section of Ottawa.ca launched through input of OYEC. Corporate Communications consulted with OYEC to improve social media outreach to youth.

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