Youthful Cities, in partnership with Tamarack Institute, is investigating how the youth workforce and work ecosystems in Canada have changed after the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are asking youth ages 16 and above to complete our online ‘What’s up with Work Lately?’ survey. This survey aims to better understand how young people view their work-life dynamics, their employability, the resources provided by their cities, and the skills needed to succeed in the current and future job markets. Answers will help inform research around public policies for youth work and living practices in Canadian cities.

The research is anonymous: No one will be able to link answers to participants. The online survey is hosted by Typeform, a common data collection platform. The data collected through Typeform is protected by leading Canadian and international cybersecurity and data protection standards.

Participation is voluntary: Participation is entirely voluntary. Participants can choose to quit the survey at any time. Any contribution is entirely anonymous and cannot be linked back to any participant.

After the study is completed: After answers are submitted, they will be removed from Typeform, grouped, and stored as open access data by Youthful Cities and Tamarack Institute for future research and use.

Findings drawn from this survey will be published in public reports, academic papers, and presentations to a wide audience, including local organizations, academic institutions, city officials, governmental entities, and the general public. They will also be shared on other relevant public websites.

If you have any questions about the project, the survey, or have any concerns write to us at:


A little bit about Youthful Cities

Youthful Cities is a social enterprise that creates data-driven solutions to make cities more  youthful–connected, open, dynamic, inventive, curious and playful–places to be. Places like that benefit us all. To do this, we start by gathering good data. We bring together young people to spark dialogue and generate insights, and then we work towards positive action. You can learn more at their website:

A little bit about Tamarack Institute

Tamarack was founded in 2001 by Alan Broadbent of the Avana Capital Corporation and Maytree (Foundation) and Paul Born, Co-CEO of Tamarack. Their hope was to create an institute that would deeply understand how community change can happen and would help organizations and citizens work better together for a collective impact.

As a small organization, Tamarack had two big goals. The first was to establish a learning centre that would provide research and document real stories, exemplary practice and effective applications for community change. We now disseminate the lessons learned with a growing network of 35,000 changemakers in Canada, the US and around the world. The second was to apply what we learned to end poverty. Since 2001, we have effectively helped more than one million households rise out of poverty and have engaged more than 350 municipalities represented in 83 regions as we continue pressing toward our goal of ending poverty in Canada.

Tamarack 2030 represents our emerging vision for the future. Over the last 20 years, we have learned that community change happens when individuals and networks have the skills, knowledge and intention to work collectively around a community goal and focus on impact. Tamarack brings a unique perspective weaving together a broad, diverse and connected membership. These members invest in their shared future. But most importantly, they are having an impact.

You can learn more about Tamarack Institute by visiting their website: 

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s National Essential Skills Initiative program.


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