Canadian Road Safety Youth Committee (CRSYC)

Administrator: Transport Canada
Jurisdiction: National
Start date: 2007

Background: In April of 2007, Transport Canada along with several provincial government and non-governmental organizations, sponsored eight young Canadians to attend the first United Nations (UN) World Youth Assembly on Road Safety. Held in Geneva, Switzerland, the Assembly marked the launch of the UN Youth Declaration on Road Safety. The Declaration calls upon all members of society, including youth, parents, media, and policy makers to take action to reduce the number of road-related injuries and fatalities amongst youth. Shortly after returning to Canada, the CRSYC was formally established, a major first step in implementing the action plan agreed upon in Geneva.

Goal: The CRSYC is dedicated to eliminating injuries and deaths of young people as a result of motor vehicle collisions, and to building capacity for the road safety profession by encouraging youth to pursue careers in the field. It aspires to give young Canadians a voice in representing issues related to youths and improving road safety. The Committee aims to develop a network of Canadian youth involved in road safety that can advocate on behalf of young Canadians as well as generate awareness for road safety through the youth Declaration.

The Committee: The CRSYC maintains an Executive Committee that includes a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer along with members at large who act as representatives for their region. CRSYC members hail from all across Canada and bring a wide range backgrounds and experience to the Committee including engineering, enforcement, health and safety, and research. It is this diversity that allows the CRSYC to address the issue of youth road safety from a vast array of valuable perspectives.

For further information about the committee and how to become involved, see contact section below.


Rebecca Peterniak

Canadian Road Safety Youth Committee