CIHR-IHDCYH Youth Advisory Council Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about IHDCYH’s youth advisory council? Refer to the frequently asked questions and answers below. If you don’t find an answer to your question, feel free to contact us at

  • What is the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health?

    The Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH) funds and promotes research that addresses illness and promotes the developmental, physical and mental well-being of Canadian infants, children, youth, parents and families in Canada and throughout the world.

    IHDCYH is part of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR is Canada's federal funding agency for health research. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR collaborates with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.

  • What is the youth advisory council?

    IHDCYH’s youth advisory council is a group of diverse young Canadians from across Canada between 12-25 years old, who are passionate about health and/or health research (this may include lived experience as a patient or caregiver). The council brings the youth voice directly into conversations about health and priority development. Council members share their perspectives through engaging in conversations about health issues that impact their lives and their communities.
  • How many members will be in the council?

    The council includes at least 12 members to ensure a diversity of viewpoints.
  • How are council members chosen?

    Applications are reviewed and assessed against a set of criteria with the goal of maintaining a council body that is diverse and inclusive, as well as broadly representative of a variety of age groups and provincial/territorial home locations. We may follow up with individual applicants by email, phone, or video conference to learn more about their experience and interest in participation. For applicants who are not selected to become part of the council, we will offer the opportunity to be informed when related opportunities arise.
  • How long can I be a member of the council?

    Initial commitments are for a two-year term. There is the possibility of renewing for another term, if the council member is active and wishes to stay involved.
  • How often does the council meet?

    The council meets about four times per year including online meetings and planning activities as well as face to face. The council also has a virtual collaboration space for discussion between meetings.
  • What if I am under the age of majority in my home province?

    If you are under the age of majority and you are invited to join the council, we will ask for your parent or guardian to complete a consent form.
  • What accommodations are available for members/applicants with accessibility requirements?

    Accommodations for persons with disabilities are provided in accordance to specific accessibility requirements.

Information for Parents:

  • Are travel costs covered for my child to attend youth council meetings?

    Yes. We will arrange all council members’ travel and accommodation needs, including booking travel, reserving hotel rooms, and hospitality during in-person youth council meetings.
  • Do I have to sign a consent form in order for my child to travel and attend the youth council meetings?

    If your child is under the age of majority in your home province, a signed consent form is required.
  • Will someone meet my child when they arrive at the meeting location?

    A representative will meet all council members at the meeting location.
  • Will an adult be present to supervise my under aged child during youth council activities?

    Yes. Adults will be facilitating council meetings and activities.
  • As a parent, can I accompany my child on their way to a meeting with the youth council? Can I stay for the meetings?

    You can travel with your child to the council meeting. If your child is under the age of majority in your home province, cover travel costs for one parent or guardian will be paid.

    While meetings may include some public engagement activities, most sessions are closed and parents will not be able to attend.

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