Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee (OYEC)
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.
Our Current Youth Action Plan: 2018-2019
OYEC previously operated on a 4-year action plan. In 2018, we transitioned to 1-year plans. After five major consultations in 2018 (racialized youth, Francophone youth, Indigenous youth, an all-youth consultation, and the results of our Mayor for a Day Contest), we determined 5 main priorities for the 2018-2019 OYEC Term:
What has OYEC worked on
Here are just a few of OYEC’s accomplishments representing youth at the City level in recent years.
If you are between the ages of 15-25, want to gain experience and be involved in City Hall and are passionate about community involvement, politics and youth empowerment, than this is the opportunity for you.
For any questions, please contact the OYEC coordinator at [email protected]
OYEC in Action
The Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee was created in 2015 as a partnership between Youth Ottawa and the City of Ottawa to involve youth in the municipal government.
Discover more on how this group of 20 youth are working on a range of projects from; increasing consultations with city departments, launching the 2019 Mayor for a Day contest, developing Councillors in Civics classes lesson plans, and organizing a Sexual Health Education Summit for fall 2019. Click here to read more.
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