Canada’s first recovery-focused data platform is letting youth lead the way

Country-wide data on how youth and community organizations are coping and recovering

Why It Matters

Employment among student youth is 23 percent lower than 2019. Meanwhile, the federal government has earmarked $4 billion to help struggling municipalities deploy public services. Through Pivot 2020, 1,200 youth across Canada will collect valuable, localized data on how best to allocate these services, while learning new skills that can help them find employment.

As offices across the country closed following COVID-19 social distancing guidelines in March, the impact on Canadians was swift. Millions lost their jobs and relied on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), and charities and non-profits became an essential part of providing  continued support. 

Five months later, the federal government is deploying $19 billion to support provinces as they reopen, with $4 billion going to municipalities to fund public services like child care. With each city across the country facing their own challenges, an understanding of the areas that need the most financial aid and citizens’ biggest concerns is important. The problem is, this data is  fragmented, and is often made up of numbers without context from the communities themselves. 

Youthful Cities, an organization that engages young people to develop solutions that impr

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