Canada expands volunteer service opportunities for young Canadians

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February 8, 2021 Ottawa, Ontario Employment and Social Development Canada

Young people have been among the hardest hit by the economic impacts of COVID-19 and the Government of Canada is working to ensure their inclusion in all aspects of Canada’s economic recovery.

At the heart of this approach is Canada Service Corps (CSC), which promotes civic engagement among young people aged 15 to 30 by giving them access to meaningful volunteer service opportunities. Young people can also receive micro-grants to carry out their own service projects. Since its launch in 2018, the CSC has distributed more than 4,800 micro-grants and administered more than 19,000 service placements in communities across the country. CSC worked with 99 local and regional organizations and 14 national organizations to provide unique service opportunities for young people.

Today, Marci Ien, Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth, launched an open, multi-pronged call for proposals that will build on the past success of the CSC program by expanding its reach and engaging even more young Canadians from coast to coast. side by side.

This call for proposals prioritizes the participation of organizations that focus on and are represented by Indigenous and underserved populations. It will target themes that are important to young people, including reconciliation, building an inclusive Canada, preserving the environment, building resilience, and other themes that young participants identify as important to them- themselves and their communities.

Organizations that have experience with or in delivering programs for young Canadians are encouraged to apply to [canada.ca/en/services/youth/canada-service-corps/call-proposal.html] by March 22, 2022, through one of the following four streams:

  • National Service Internships
  • Regional Service Placements
  • Micro-grants
  • Diversity Micro-Grants

The Government of Canada is supporting a national movement to create a culture of service in Canada by empowering young people to seize unique opportunities to exercise leadership, gain valuable experience, acquire new skills and develop their personal and professional networks. Youth Service Canada is one of many federal initiatives aimed at helping young people create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

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