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e-605 (Youth)

Initiated by Isabel Szollosy from Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, Quebec

Original language of petition: English

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.
Government response tabled on May 1, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-145-01)
Open for signature
October 12, 2016, at 1:42 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 9, 2017, at 1:42 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Peter Schiefke (Vaudreuil—Soulanges)
March 10, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01203)
Government response tabled
May 1, 2017
Photo - Peter Schiefke
Liberal Caucus
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