What matters to Canadian youth?

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Release date: July 4, 2019
What matters to Canadian youth?
Description: What matters to Canadian youth?

What matters to Canadian youth?

At the 2019 Canada Youth Summit in Ottawa, we asked youth participants, "What do you want to know about your generation?" We compiled data on the topics of most interest.

Youth are highly diverse

In 2016, 27% of youth identified as members of a visible minority group.

Percentage of persons who belong to a visible minority group
1996 2016
Age 15 to 30 13 27
Age 65 or older 6 13

From 2006 to 2016, the number of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit youth increased by 39%.

40% of Canadian youth are 1st or 2nd generation immigrants.

Youth are technology users

Nearly 100% of youth use the Internet on a daily basis or own their own smartphone; of these, 93% use social networking sites.

Technology use also brings new challenges. 17% of youth said they were cyberbullied or cyberstalked in the past 5 years.

Youth are socially engaged

67% are members of a group, organization, or association.

48% of youth volunteer, and 71% said that they gave to a charitable or non-profit organization.

Youth are educated

In 2017, 52.1% of men and 70.2% of women had a college certificate or diploma or a Bachelor's degree.

Note: Unless otherwise specified, youth includes individuals who are between 15 and 30 years old.

Source: Statistics Canada. A Portrait of Canadian Youth: March 2019 Updates (Catalogue 11-631-X) Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 2019.

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