The Future of Urban Work (September 8 to 11, 2020)

The future of work as a young adult seems precarious. 3-5 years of experience for an entry-level job? The gig economy? Employment tied to health and dental benefits? Careers are now seen as an unattainable commitment and many barriers are rooted in hiring practices and culture that reflect and reinforce systemic inequality. The current environment for youth employment can be a disheartening maze, and circumstances like the COVID crisis, the tanking economy, and the shifting housing market are challenging our understanding and expectations for the future of work. Hosted by CFC, Youthful Cities and RBC Future Launch, the ‘Future of Urban Work: Summit’ was a four-day virtual summit which connected 120 young people selected from across the country, and provided a unique paid opportunity for youth to grow their network, build on their experience, develop their careers and advance solutions for the future of their communities.

The Future of Urban Work Summit (October 19-21, 2019)

The Future of Work Summit was a one-of-a-kind experience for 60 young leaders across various Canadian cities and work industries who came together and collaborated on a vision of what the future of work can be. It was a unique opportunity to amplify the youth voice on the future of work.

Context

COVID-19 has impacted Canada’s youth both as a health pandemic and an economic shock, and disproportionately affects marginalized groups. As it stands, youth — especially at-risk youth — are left out of COVID-19 relief and recovery policy consultation. This makes it difficult for youth to attain re-employment, government support, and community building opportunities. Careers are now seen as an unattainable commitment and many barriers are rooted in hiring practices and culture that reflect and reinforce systemic inequality; in addition, links to communities and shared spaces have been severed and youth are more isolated than ever. The future of work as a young adult seems precarious so with diverse youth perspectives from all over Canada, let’s reimagine it together.

Objectives

  • Provide youth from coast to coast to coast with a funded opportunity to learn from mentors and one another, further their skills, and make lasting connections
  • Empower youth to continue leading social change in and beyond their communities
  • Connect groups of youth with diverse lived experiences
  • Youth-led brainstorming of tangible recovery actions, plans, and policies to support youth employment post COVID-19
  • To create sustainable and meaningful change within our communities post-Summit

FAQs

Q: Can I join as an unpaid observer?
A: Unfortunately, the summit is a dialogue based program so we don’t have the capacity or infrastructure to support observers.

Q: What will I get out of this besides the stipend?
A: You will meet over a hundred ambitious, changemaking youth from across the country; get the opportunity to build a new future for yourself and your peers; build teamwork skills through collaboration and discussion; gain hands-on policy-making and social innovation experience; and be given the chance to build the future of work in Canada.

Q: Will I need to be online 9-5 on the 4 days of the summit?
A: Short answer: No. More details coming soon!