About the Council

What is the purpose of the Council?

The Alberta Youth Climate Action Council shares ideas and perspectives on issues that matter to youth and their peers to help shape the government’s approach for managing climate change. The Council provides its insights directly to Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks and the Minister responsible for Climate Change. The Council offers an opportunity for Alberta’s youth to inspire passion among their peers and all Albertans to make meaningful contributions to the social, economic and environmental future of our province. 

What topics will the Council focus on?

The Council provides Minister Phillips with youth perspectives on climate change. Members of the Council are encouraged to explore issues of importance on climate action to Alberta’s youth today, and suggest ways to improve our province for youth in the future. 

How many members will the Council have?

The Council is comprised of up to 12 members, representing youth from a diversity of backgrounds, knowledge and interests.

When and where will Council meetings take place?

The Council meets several times a year utilizing a mix of in-person and online forums. Council members will have the opportunity to participate in quarterly discussions with the Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks and the Alberta Climate Change Office.

In-person meetings will generally be held in large Alberta cities based on the availability of Council members.

The Council will meet several times a year utilizing a mix of in-person and online forums. Council members will have the opportunity to participate in quarterly discussions with the Minister of Alberta Environment and Parks and the Alberta Climate Change Office.

In-person meetings will generally be held in large Alberta cities based on the availability of Council members.


Are Council members paid?

Members will not receive remuneration for participating as a member of the
Youth Climate Action Council. All activities will be conducted on a volunteer
basis. However, Council members will receive reimbursement for travel and meal
expenses in accordance with the Government of Alberta's Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Policy.

How long can members serve on the Council?

Successful candidates are appointed for a one-year term. Eligible members may be reappointed to a new Council for a second term. Members can serve a maximum of two Council terms.

What is expected of Council members?

Council members are expected to contribute their ideas and perspectives related to environmental issues through their participation in regularly scheduled Council meetings. Members of the Council are supported through a secretariat to meet both online and in-person several times a year to discuss issues that matter to their peers, their community and all Albertans. Council members have quarterly discussions with the Minister of Environment and Parks and the Alberta Climate Change Office. The Council interacts with each other outside of scheduled meetings to discuss ideas and upcoming activities, and engage with their peer-group and local organizations.

Becoming a Council Member

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must be Canadian citizens, reside in Alberta and be 18 to 26 years of age. All applicants must be able to demonstrate their connection to youth and environmental issues.

How do I submit my application?

Youth who are interested in becoming a member of the Council are encouraged to fill out an application on the Alberta Youth Environment Council website. Application forms, accompanied by a letter of recommendation, can be submitted to AEP.Minister-Youth-Council@gov.ab.ca

Applications for the 2020 Youth Climate Action Council will be accepted until the end of the year. Applicants who are selected to participate on the Council will be notified early in 2020.


How will Council members be selected?

Applications are pre-screened to shortlist candidates who will be invited to participate in an interview. The interview process will determine which applicants are invited to sit on the Council.

Please note that final candidates will be required to undergo security screening prior to confirming membership. Security screening costs will be reimbursed by Alberta Environment and Parks. 

Can candidates with special needs apply for the Council?

The Council is a welcoming and inclusive forum for eligible youth of all abilities. We welcome anyone with an interest to apply. Appropriate accommodations will be made to facilitate the participation of any Council members who have special needs.

If I am selected for the Council will my name and photo be displayed publicly?

The names, photos and biographies of all Council members will be published on the Alberta Youth Climate Action Council website at www.talkaep.alberta.ca/youth-council.

Does the information in my application remain confidential?

All information is collected and administered in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. View the Alberta Youth Climate Action Council FOIP Clause.

If I am not selected can I apply again in the future or get involved in other ways?

All candidates who apply may re-apply the following year for membership on the Council. If you’re not selected as a member of the Council you are encouraged to apply again each year. If you want to stay informed and involved with upcoming activities, visit the Council’s website at www.talkaep.alberta.ca/youth-council.