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The Ontario Council for International Cooperation’s (OCIC) Youth Policy-makers Hub is an inter-generational initiative that will engage diverse youth from across Ontario in international cooperation policy processes in support of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) action areas: Human Dignity, Growth that works for everyone, Environment & Climate Action, Inclusive Governance and Peace & Secutiry, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

[tabs] [tab title=”About the program”]The Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC)’s new Youth Policy-Makers Hub builds on the success of the council’s Global Changemaker Youth Ambassador Program and participation in national and international meetings like Women Deliver 2019 in Vancouver, and the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2018 in New York. These experiences have yielded important insights about the value of engaging and supporting the participation of Canadian youth and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in policy and advocacy processes. We want to continue opening-up  inclusive spaces for civic engagement and leadership for diverse youth to share their calls to action with communities across Ontario, Canada and beyond. We believe that our collective impact can be strengthened through inter-generational advocacy and policy-making efforts, learning and collaboration. [/tab] [tab title=”Call out”]This is a call for youth shakers, makers and doers. We want to gather artists, activists and community leaders from across Ontario to co-create and engage in policy and advocacy processes.

Are you:

  • passionate about building your leadership capacity, learning about advocacy and policy-making and being involved in a peer-peer network? 
  • interested in tackling local and global social and environmental justice issues, in line with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) action areas and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? (for example, gender equality, climate action, food security)
  • Keen on sharing your experience, ideas and contributing to social and environmental change locally and globally? 

As Youth policy-makers you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Strengthen your capacity to influence policy making and advocacy processes through capacity building and learning exchange activities 
  • Connect with a network of like-minded youth and allies through online webinars and in-person
  • Take part and/or lead online or in-person sessions during key moments such as International Development Week, The Global Citizens Forum and OCIC’s Innovation Labs 
  • Apply for travel subsidies to attend sub-national, national or international meetings and delegations 
  • Get access to OCIC events and networking opportunities for the duration of the program


No prior background or academic experience in policy and advocacy is necessary to apply. We believe all lived experience, activism and community engagement is crucial in mobilizing towards social change & sustainable development. 

As an equity seeking organization, OCIC encourages applications from individuals who represent the full diversity of communities in Canada, including complexities of intersecting identities such as ability, age, class, gender, race and sexual orientation. 

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