An event that is forecast to bring together 300 young people from across Canada is set to take place in the nation’s capital next month.
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On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the first-ever Canada Youth Summit will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, on May 2 and 3, 2019.
The summit will bring “young people from every province and territory to discuss issues that matter to them, from protecting our environment and fighting climate change, to supporting good jobs and service opportunities, to building more equal and inclusive communities,” according to a release from the Prime Minster’s Office (PMO).
In making the announcement, Trudeau said “young Canadians are shaping a better future for all of us. You have deep compassion and big ideas about how to tackle the greatest challenges we face – and our government works hard every day to make sure you have the opportunities you need to make your voices heard.”
Trudeau added that he is looking forward to the chance to continue these types of conversations during the summit, and “raise the bar on what we can achieve together.”
Those who were invited to attend the two-day summit at Carleton University in Ottawa were nominated because of their work on Canada’s Youth Policy, or by provinces, territories, and youth-serving organizations from across the country, according to the PMO.
Eligible Canadians (ages 18 to 24) who would like to attend the summit are invited to participate in the Youth Video Challenge.
They can enter to win a trip to the summit by posting a video on social media using the hashtag #InspiredToServe, capturing what service means to them and how it benefits their community, and by submitting an online application by April 14.