Two ways to participate
The Consumers Council of Canada offers two paths to active engagement in the organization:
Concerned citizens find individual memberships a cost-effective way to show their support for the work of the Consumers Council of Canada, stay informed about the changing world of consumer issues, and participate nationally in advocating on behalf of consumers.
Individual membership privileges include receipt of Council online information, including Council news and issues updates, notification of selected Council activities, voting rights at the Annual General Meeting, and eligibility for nomination to the Council's committees and Board of Directors. Members must be 18 years of age or older.
The Annual Membership Fee is $75 + GST.
The Young Consumers Network is a volunteer group of young Canadians aged 18 to 35 of diverse backgrounds that meet online to discuss current marketplace issues. Participation is free.
The Network offers young Canadians:
- Online discussion of consumer issues and an opportunity to voice their opinions about consumer issues to:
- Other Network participants
- Members of the Consumers Council
- Consumers Council professional advisers
- 'Visiting' external consumer issues experts
- Invitations to selected Network and Consumers Council of Canada activities
- Earned opportunities to participate in Network governance and planning
- Unpaid internship opportunities with the Consumers Council
Participation may lead to individual membership for selected Network participants invited to join the board of directors and issues committees of the Consumers Council of Canada. Training in consumer representation may be offered on a paid or free 'scholarship' basis to selected participants.
To remain active, Network participants are asked to volunteer approximately 2 to 3 hours each month in online discussions.
You'll be a good fit as a Network participant if you are:
- considered community thought/opinion leaders.
- have been or are engaged in activities that would provide them with a consumer viewpoint broader than their own experience.
- can work independently.
- have access to the internet and have some proficiency in computer skills.
- can communicate effectively.
Your responses will be handled with discretion. Information will not be used for purposes other than those of the Consumers Council of Canada. The Consumers Council's request for the voluntary provision of detailed personal information supports the Council's objective to seek out participants representing an inclusive demographic.