Young people's participation
The Right of Initiative provides young people 15 years of age or older to become initiated in the affairs of the city.
In general, young people don't vote much in municipal elections. In that context, the Right of Initiative represents a form of citizenship educational tool for young people.
The participation of young people in the decisions that affect their lives is strongly encouraged by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and is part of the major principles of the international declarations concerning sustainable development.
The specific age of 15 years was settled upon for practical reasons, since Statistics Canada date are published in five-year segments and remain the only incontestable means of determining the population of a borough.