Youth are one of the most influential groups in Canada today. They have the knowledge, determination and passion to create positive social change, and they continue to prove it. Canadians aged 15 to 24 not only have the highest probability of volunteering compared to older groups, they also have a strong political voice. During the 2015 federal election, the greatest improvement in voter turnout occurred in 18- to 24-year- olds, increasing the percentage of voters in this age group from 38.8 percent in 2011 to 57.1 percent.

With more access to information than ever before, youth are able to form knowledgeable opinions, develop unique ideas and inspire new movements. Young people are more likely than seniors to sign a petition, or wear a badge or T-shirt to support or oppose a particular political or social cause. Canadian youth are inspirational leaders and a positive reminder of what our future can be.

  • Youth who volunteer are more likely to do well in school, graduate and vote
  • Voter turnout for 18- to 24-year-olds increased by over 18 percentage points between the 2011 and 2015 federal elections

School Resources

Download printer-friendly PDFs on the topic of diversity and inclusion. There is a separate lesson plan package for each of the following education levels: elementary, middle years and secondary.

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