Ontario government launches web portal to allow youth to have a say in policy-making

Queen's Park

The Government of Ontario has launched a web portal that allows the province’s youth to offer input on policy decision making.

Specifically, the YouthVoiceON website is aimed at encouraging more young Ontarians to pursue postsecondary education (PSE), which consists of college, university and apprenticeship. The government says it acknowledges that there are many young people who do not pursue PSE for reasons that have nothing to do with money. For example, the government notes that youth may feel that they do not belong or see the value in PSE or lack the grades or support to get admitted.

The government says it wants feedback on ways to reach more youth, such as:

  • how to share information with families about the value of PSE
  • how to support role models who can understand and promote the postsecondary system
  • how to customize efforts to ensure youth’s specific needs are met, particularly when it comes to marginalized groups

“Your answers will help us tailor how we reach out to children, youth, and families about PSE, and to tailor programs that will work to increase access to PSE for marginalized youth,” writes the government on the YouthVoiceON website.

The YouthVoiceON website offers a form for users to anonymously submit feedback, and Ontarians are also invited to reach out on social media.

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Source: YouthVoiceON