Commonwealth Youth Parliament


8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament, November 2016

On behalf of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, and our co-host, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, we would like to welcome you to Victoria, British Columbia and to the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP). This is the first time that the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia has co-hosted the Commonwealth Youth Parliament and we are delighted that our beautiful Canadian west coast was selected as the location for this year's gathering of youth parliamentarians.

The CYP is an annual event that is held in a different Commonwealth region each year. Up to 66 young people from across the Commonwealth will experience various aspects of parliamentary democracy and will have a unique opportunity to connect with youth from around the world. Youth parliamentarians will participate in educational sessions led by experienced parliamentary officials, take part in parliamentary proceedings including Question Period, and debate and vote on legislation and motions.

On this website you will find information regarding travel planning, visa requirements and conference-related logistics such as transportation and accommodation. In the coming months, other documents such as a detailed program, a Bill to be debated, and background information on the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and the role of a Member, will be posted. Once CYP is underway, conference updates, photos, and meeting transcripts (Hansard), as well as the Votes and Proceedings and Orders of the Day will be added to the website.

Keep up to date with CYP on social media in the coming months – we'll be using the hashtag #CYP8. You can follow us on Twitter @BCLegislature and like us on Facebook to receive news updates, links to documents, and pictures of CYP proceedings.

We look forward to showing you some of our famous west coast hospitality and hope that your CYP experience will be both memorable and productive.

Honourable Linda Reid
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

Craig James
Clerk of the House