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Natural Resources Canada’s Youth Council

We’re recruiting 12 young leaders to participate in a Youth Council contributing to Canada’s most pressing climate and natural resource issues.

Status: Open for applications until October 7, 2022, 11:59 p.m. PDT
A three hour grace period beyond the application deadline will be granted.

Communities across Canada depend on natural resources, which are also driving climate action and the energy transition. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) works to ensure Canada’s natural resources are developed sustainably, competitively, and inclusively. This includes everything from green buildings to zero-emission vehicles to forestry management. We want to hear directly from you - tomorrow’s future leaders – on these pressing issues. That’s why we’re launching a Youth Council.

Our vision

The Council aims to be a space for interaction and discussion between youth and decision makers including the Minister of Natural Resources, a place where the voices of young people in Canada inform NRCan’s work to deliver results on climate and resources management.

Our objectives

  1. Establish a foundation for dialogue between youth (ages 18-30) and NRCan

  2. Consider youth interests and perspectives in NRCan's priorities and operations

  3. Create a safe space for a diverse group of young people from across Canada to connect and discuss the country’s most pressing climate and natural resource issues

  4. Equip youth to participate in national dialogues and in leadership spaces on climate and natural resource priorities

What do we want to focus on?

Zero emission vehicles

Tree planting

Green buildings

Sustainable jobs

Indigenous partnerships

What can you expect?

Starting in the fall of 2022 until the fall of 2023:


members, aged 18-30, recruited from across regions and demographics


training sessions and meetings with the Minister of Natural Resources and senior staff


final presentation to the Minister of Natural Resources

Youth Council members will deliver a final presentation to the Minister. Members will also have an opportunity to connect and share ideas with other youth and build their communications and leadership skills while learning more about Canada’s natural resources.

Who is eligible?

Canadian youth between the ages of 18 to 30 who are passionate about learning and contributing to Canada’s climate action and natural resource priorities.

We are committed to equal volunteer opportunities, and to encouraging participation of diverse voices within an equal opportunity space.

Assessment criteria

Some areas we are looking to hear from you about are your:

  • motivation and interests
  • experiences (work, volunteer, lived experience)
  • ability to think holistically and in an action-oriented way
  • ability to communicate ideas in a respectful manner

How to apply

  • Review the application questions
  • Submit your completed application by Friday, October 7, 11:59 p.m. PDT

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply early; applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. A three hour grace period beyond the application deadline will be granted.

Contact us at if you have any questions or require accommodation.


In accordance with the Minister of Natural Resources’ mandate, the Department is seeking applicants for the NRCan Youth Council from youth of diverse backgrounds. The Department is encouraging you to self-declare if you are a member of a designated group as defined in section 2 of the Canada’s Employment Equity Act. You can self-declare as a member of one or more designated groups. Self-declaration is not mandatory and your refusal to self-declare will not, in and of itself, impact your eligibility to the NRCan Youth Council; rather it will assist the Department in ensuring a diverse representation on the Council.

The information relating to your self-declaration is personal information protected under the Privacy Act. As such, the Department commits to treating said information in accordance with the requirement of the Privacy Act, including using it only for the purpose of ensuring diverse representation of the NRCan Youth Council, and for no other purpose.

In the event you provide the Department with your self-declaration information, the Department will seek your consent to share your information with the contractor responsible for screening the application for the NRCan Youth Council with a view to establishing a pool of 12 qualified candidates, as well as a waitlist of other qualified applicants.

How can we help?

Will I need special security clearance to join the Council?

A valid Government of Canada reliability security clearance will be a requirement for membership to the NRCan Youth Council. Shortlisted applicants will undergo Government of Canada reliability security screening. Prior to NRCan’s final determination of the NRCan Youth Council membership; NRCan will remove from the pool of eligible members any shortlisted applicant who does not receive the Government of Canada reliability security clearance.

I’m interested in applying but having challenges filling out the application form and sending it through. What should I do?

Please send us an email with your accessibility concerns and we work with you to accommodate your needs.

I’m feeling intimidated by this Council and the application…

Don’t worry! We encourage you to apply even if you think this role is a stretch of your abilities. We understand that youth need training, coaching and support to succeed – and you don’t have to do this work alone. You will be part of an amazing community and team who will be there every step of the way!

Is there any type of remuneration for members’ time?

Members’ will receive remuneration of $225 per meeting.

How can I know the status of my application?

We are committed to conducting an open, transparent, and inclusive recruitment process. During the selection process, successful applicants will be contacted on the next steps. Unsuccessful applicants will be contacted once the selection process has been completed.

If you have questions or concerns about your application, please reach out and we will work with you to accommodate your needs!

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