Welcome to the British Columbia
Every year, between December 27th and 31st, 95 representatives of youth organizations, ages 16-21, from across British Columbia gather at the Provincial Legislature in Victoria for the annual session of British Columbia youth Parliament.
What to expect
Staying in an awesome hotel for four nights, meeting tons of new people, staying up late, getting up early, having a blast at evening activities (super fun mixers, anybody?) and yes, learning lots!
Members sit as independents — not representing any political party and voting with their individual consciences on all issues. Members learn about, and experience firsthand the parliamentary process, debate topics of interest, and plan numerous activities for the upcoming year.
After Session, members put these activities and projects into action. Proposed activities are presented in the form of government bills; once passed they’re actually put into effect! This is where BC Youth Parliament differs from its counterparts — BCYP is in no way a “model” or “mock” parliament; our legislation actually translates into real action in the community.
What to bring
Clothes: Formal for five days, casual for four nights. Victoria’s winters are mild, but it will be cold! Bring a jacket! We’re walking quite a bit – comfortable shoes are highly recommended! Remember that Legislature wear is business attire, and your shoulders must be covered to be recognized by the Speaker. Casual clothing is great for evening activities though. Don’t forget dress shoes (closed-toe), and extra hosiery if you need it. Please see your acceptance package for more extensive information on the Parliamentary Dress Code. If you have lost your acceptance package, please email our registrar, Rhonda Vanderfluit.
Food & Money: You’ll have three lunches and four dinners and breakfasts to cover by yourself. If you’re anything like the hundreds of other members in years previous, you’ll probably want a midnight snack or two. There are coffee shops and convenience stores nearby, so budget accordingly.
Please refer to our members’ handbook for more information about session.