Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) Youth Council Recruitment

The MHCC Youth Council is a safe space that enables young adults (age 18 to 30) with lived and living experience to provide a youth perspective on mental health and recovery.


Although 1.2 million children and youth in Canada are affected by mental illness, less than 20 per cent will receive appropriate treatment.
The Youth Council is a diverse group of individuals from across Canada who represent themselves and their communities while bringing their own mental health and recovery experiences to the table. They represent the voices of young people and advocate on their behalf through work across the MHCC.
Among the Youth Council’s projects are a video about their encounters with mental health stigma and the ‘translation’ of Canada’s first Mental Health Strategy into a youth-friendly format.

Application deadline: Friday, June 18, 2021.

We welcome applications by candidates from all parts of Canada. To ensure geographic representation, we strongly encourage individuals from the provinces and territories listed below to apply.
    British Columbia
    New Brunswick
    Prince Edward Island
    Northwest Territories
    Newfoundland and Labrador

We are seeking . . .

    Young adults (age 18 to 30)
    Individuals with lived or living experience of a mental health problem or illness and/or substance use — whether personally, through a family member or friend, or as a caregiver
    Indigenous representation: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis
    Individuals from diverse backgrounds such as immigrant, refugee, ethnocultural, and racialized communities
    Newcomers to Canada
    People with disabilities
    Youth with diverse educational and linguistic backgrounds
    2SLGBTQ+ individuals


As a Youth Council member, you will serve a single term of up to three years and be eligible for re?election.
Time commitment

The Youth Council meets quarterly for up to four hours per meeting. Members are also encouraged to participate in ad-hoc internal and external engagement opportunities throughout the year. Accessible formats and communication supports are available on request.

If you would like to apply via video contact Alya Al-Shibli at

Learn more about applications, the candidates we are currently seeking, and Youth Council member responsibilities and time commitments.