Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled
Youth under the age of 18 are not legally permitted to be members of the board of directors of a Not-for-profit Corporation as per the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, s.126 (1);
The voices of Canadian youth, aged 14 to 18 are not legally acknowledged;
We believe that youth, from age 14, would be inclined to engage in humanitarian projects if their contribution was recognized to the same extent as that of an adult;
Young Canadians aged 15 to 24 were more likely to volunteer than Canadians in most other age groups, according to Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 11008X, Volunteering in Canada by Mireille Vézina and Susan Crompton; and
Engagement of Canadian youth in volunteerism and philanthropy requires the structures and legal standing to permit their membership on Not-for-profit boards.
We, the undersigned, residents and citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to create a capacity in which Canadian youth, aged 14 to 18, are permitted and encouraged to become legal members of a Not-for-profit Corporation board of directors.
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