Even though young people are at the forefront of many social and political movements, we’re still vastly underrepresented in positions of power within government and influential institutions where we can create change at a policy level. The major issues we face today need innovative solutions born from intersectional collaboration, and research literally shows nobody is hardwired to innovate like youth.

The BUILD program equips young people with the knowledge, skills and networks to effectively advocate for change at an institutional level. By the end of your cohort, you’ll have a keen understanding of Canada’s democratic system and be better prepared to engage with it. That could include speaking in front of a city council, working with a politician on legislation or policy, or better yet: running for office yourself.

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BUILD is designed for youth in Canada aged 18 to 30 with little to no previous experience dealing with formal political institutions.

Over the course of 14 weeks, you will develop essential skills, learn about formal institutions and work on your brand to run for office.

By demystifying politics, we’ll break down barriers of access to decision-makers and key civic knowledge, and come away encouraged to interact with Canada’s institutions of power!

The next cohort of BUILD will take place from October 4 to January 21Participants are expected to commit to 3 hours a week of program time: a 1.5 hour online session via Zoom and 1.5 hours of independent work.

Most sessions will feature a guest facilitator who is an expert in the theme of the week. These folks know the ins and outs of communications, leadership, brand-building, policy crafting, and more.


Your thoughts, opinions and experiences matter and if you think you can make a difference in Parliament, your provincial legislature or your city council, then you should feel encouraged to go for it. BUILD will get you feeling confident in the power you have.

BUILD is funded by: