Current Youth Action Plan: 2018-2019

OYEC previously operated on a 4-year action plan (see below for more info). 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:

  1. Access to Services for Youth - prioritizing sex ed. and sexual heath
  2. Youth Unemployment
  3. Racialized Youth & the City of Ottawa - improving relationships
  4. Indigenous Subcommittee - priority by end of November 2018
  5. Councillor & Youth Relationships - piloting our Councillors in Civics Classes Program & continuing our Mayor for a Day Contest

Youth Action Plan: 2016-2019

This is OYEC's first major action plan. It is still in process, however, most of the priorities have moved from OYEC's hands to nearing completion by City staff. It It was created by members of OYEC consulting hundreds of youth across the city regarding what they want to see from their city. From these consultations, four main goals were identified:

The pillars are:

  1. Communications: Ensure the city communications more effectively with youth
  • Develop and implement a Youth Communications Strategy
  • Inform the City of Ottawa’s Social Media Strategy
  • Make improvements to the existing online Youth Portal

  2. Relationships: Increase opportunities for youth to connect with City officials, councillors, and police.

  • Organize and encourage City Councillors to attend and participate in events targeting youth in their respective wards. OYEC will organize at least two meetings between councillors and youth in their wards per year.
  • Invited City Departmental representatives to present about services at OYEC meetings

  3. Affordability of Transit and Recreation: Improve affordability of transportation and recreation activities

  • Work with organizers of youth-specific events to include the cost of transit as part of admission
  • Explore and analyze the feasibility and cost of several initiatives to make transit services more affordable for youth
  • Promote free and low cost youth-specific programming through social media
  • Develop a pilot project to allow youth volunteers to participate in free or reduced fee recreation programming

  4. Environment: Educate on the importance of recycling and increase opportunities to recycle and compost

  • Install recycling bins at selected City parks on a trial basis
  • OYEC will consult with schools and Environmental Services to improve uptake of the composting program in schools