Participating in the North Shore Young Civic Forum

Participating in the North Shore Young Civic Forum

Interested in making a difference in your local community? Curious about how local government works? Wondering how younger adults can collectively amplify their voices so municipal councils act on your needs? Are you aged 18-39 and work, live or study on the North Shore?

If your answer is Yes to these questions, the North Shore Young Civic Forum is for you! In collaboration with CityHive, NSCR’s Democracy Café initiative is once again hosting the North Shore Young Civic Forum (a.k.a The Forum) this spring.

The Forum is a platform for participants to meet other younger adults interested in learning about local government and how to better influence them to include your views in their decisions.

Applications for our spring session (March to June) are now open. Apply HERE by March 6, 2022 (deadline extended)!


The Forum

Young adults all over the North Shore share a variety of integral roles in their communities. They are essential workers, teachers, and young professionals. They are students devoting their time to their education to help improve all of our futures. They are parents to young children, hidden pillars of support for intergenerational or unique families, and so much more. They are essential for our communities, and their voices and concerns need to be heard and considered in our decision-making processes.

The Forum helps participants to develop their capacity and skills to more actively participate in local civic affairs and improve their overall influence in local decision-making processes. The Forum includes a learning phase with presentations and conversations with elected officials, city planners, and community organizers to help participants understand how their municipalities operate and how they can make changes within them. The cohort then collaborates to develop small-group projects to spark some of the changes that they would like to see on the North Shore, which they then present to their municipal council.

The Forum is for everyone regardless of background and inclusive of all identities. No prior knowledge or experience in this field is necessary to apply. The program is completely free to participants, with financial and other supports available to those in need.


The 2022 Cohort

This year’s Forum will focus on the upcoming municipal elections in October 2022. Participants will not only learn about how their municipalities operate and how they can engage with their local governments, but they will also have discussions and strategy meetings about how to utilize a local election to advocate for the changes they’d like to see in their communities. The 2022 Forum will take place over 11 sessions from March 16 – June 11 (primarily on Wednesday evenings).

If you would like to ‘Shape the Shore’ and meet some rad people along the way, apply now! 2022 Forum Application

Application Deadline: March 6, 2022 (deadline extended!!)


The Contact

Faiz Jaffer, Democracy Café Lead

Direct Line: 604-982-3323

Email: [email protected]


The Forum is possible with the ongoing support of our sponsors: