Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) Youth Council Member Recruitment

Application deadline: July 5, 2023

Apply Today!  Please complete the application and upload any documents you feel will support your submission.

Once received, our team will identify candidates for the interview stage, ensure that gap areas on the council are addressed, and notify successful and unsuccessful candidates.

The MHCC’s Youth Council is a safe space for a diverse group of young adults ages 18 to 29 from across Canada, who represent a range of identities, cultures, and communities, to provide a youth perspective on mental health and recovery.

This year, we are seeking applications for 4 enthusiastic council members to join a group of passionate mental health advocates.

Located across Canada, Youth Council members represent themselves and their communities, bringing their own mental health experiences to the decision-making table. They advocate on behalf of young people who have lived and living experience with mental health concerns or illnesses or harms from substance use or addiction. They also represent the voices of young people in our work and participate in events to promote recovery and inspire other youth.

Because we are currently running TWO recruitment campaigns — for the Youth Council and the Hallway Group — you’ll want to make sure you apply to the opening that suits you best.

Both councils function in the same capacity, with minor differences:

Youth Council

Age range: 18-29

Provides a youth and lived experience perspective on mental health and recovery

Hallway Group

Age range: 30 and over

Provides leadership in several subject areas from the grassroots level, providing feedback on tackling stigma in communities

If you think you’d be better suited to the Hallway Group, please refer to the recruitment information available HERE.

The Youth Council welcomes applications from all parts of Canada, including urban, suburban, rural, remote, and northern locations. To ensure geographic representation, individuals from the following provinces and territories are strongly encouraged to apply:

New Brunswick

Prince Edward Island




Northwest Territories



Other kinds of backgrounds that would help us round out representation on the council:

Individuals who have lived or living experience, either personally or through a family member or friend

Mental health caregivers

First Nations, Inuit, and Métis

Individuals from diverse backgrounds such as immigrant, refugee, ethnocultural, and racialized populations

Newcomers to Canada

Individuals living with a disability

Youth with diverse educational and linguistic backgrounds

2SLGBTQ+ individuals

Frequently asked questions

Our FAQ offers more information about the Youth Council, including roles and responsibilities, time commitments, meeting structure, travel, and honoraria.


As a pan-Canadian organization committed to reconciliation, we encourage applications from individuals who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis).

The MHCC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and to workplace well-being also means that we welcome applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds, such as members of visible minority groups, those with lived and living experience of mental health concerns or illnesses or harms from substance use or addiction, and people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Accessible formats and communication support for applicants are available on request by contacting our Stakeholder Relations Program Manager Alya Al-Shibli at 

Source: MHCC Youth Council Member Recruitment - Mental Health Commission of Canada