Youth Advisory Council

Please note that the current application period is now closed. A review committee will choose 20 members over the summer from the applications received. The first meeting will be held in September 2019.

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Youth Advisory Council (YAC) guides LAC on how youth view, access and relate to Canada’s documentary heritage.

The LAC YAC is made up of 20 youth, aged 19 to 25, living in the National Capital Region (NCR) between September 2019 and June 2020. The YAC discusses a variety of topics related to Canada’s documentary heritage and provides feedback to LAC.


The YAC discusses topics ranging from genealogical research to video games. No matter your background, your input is valued! As a member of the LAC YAC, you will connect with fellow change makers, you will have a say in how LAC could improve, and you could represent LAC through various events and activities.

Are you—

  • between the ages of 19 and 25, as of September 2019
  • living in the NCR between September 2019 and June 2020
  • able to meet once a month on a Thursday at 395 Wellington St., Ottawa between 5 pm and 8 pm

—then we want to hear from you!

All materials and meetings are bilingual, and participation in both official languages is encouraged.

Contact us

For more information on the LAC YAC, please contact us at

Frequently asked questions

  • Do I need to have an educational background in history, libraries or archives?

    Everyone is welcome to apply regardless of educational background. We are looking to create a council with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The 2018–2019 YAC discussed a lot of different topics like social media, searching the LAC collection online, the visitor experience at our facility at 395 Wellington, Ottawa, LAC’s public events, and even YouTube and video games.

  • Do I have to live in the NCR to be a part of the LAC YAC?

    Yes. YAC meetings take place in-person once a month at LAC’s facility at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.

  • How can I participate in shaping Canada’s documentary heritage if I live outside of the NCR?

    If you live outside of the NCR, here are some other ways you can get involved with LAC and help shape Canada’s documentary heritage:

    • Transcribe, tag, translate and describe digitized records from our collection using the Co-Lab crowdsourcing tool
    • Help us design the new Ottawa Public Library and LAC joint facility from now until fall 2019 through online consultations
    • Follow and chat with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
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