GLOCAL is a grassroots initiative formed by a group of young Canadians who saw challenges in our democratic platforms. We aim to support and work with our fellow Canadians in bringing about a more inclusive, transparent, accessible, and engaging democratic participation with a global understanding.
We are alumni of the University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, University of Manitoba, University of Toronto, University of Guelph, McGill University, Simon Fraser University, McMaster University, York University, Queen’s University and Harvard University.
We are honoured to become an official partner of The Consortium on Electoral Democracy/Consortium de la démocratie électorale (C-Dem), a consortium of academic, civil society, and government organizations working on strengthening the health of democracy in Canada (https://c-dem.ca/).
GLOCAL stands for:
It is together that we can implement with innovation.
Faye Ying Executive Director
Carla Caruana Director of Public Education
Arian Ahmadi Community Outreach Manager
Danielle Jbeili Participant Success Manager
Zaynah Mohamad Public Outreach Manager
Harriet Chiu Communications Manager
Dorothy Leom Public Engagement Coordinator
Leo Lam Operations Manager
Joseph Ong Project Manager
Vicky Huang Data Project Manager
Challenges We Aim to Address
We envision GLOCAL as the “Uber Eats” and talent incubator in the context of civic engagement.
The nature of the long-term goal at GLOCAL is to provide an on-demand digital civic information delivery platform that connects Canadians with legislators, governments, civil society organizations, communities and other types of political stakeholders in Canada.
Through the friendly, one-stop YouCount.ca mobile app or website (currently under construction), citizens can browse information from legislators and governments, ask questions, place requests, play educational games, join e-town halls, receive legislative updates and further be part of the last-mile delivery of civic knowledge.
GLOCAL also offers additional non-partisan services to legislators at three levels of government and election candidates to expand and strengthen their engagement with their constituents.
GLOCAL's work of digital civic engagement is designed to be led by young Canadians from across the nation and globe, and empower young Canadians to be civic knowledge construction workers, services designers, engineers, and couriers in fulfilling the “last mile” delivery of civic information to their diverse communities.
YouCount.ca is a digital platform that connects people with our political representatives across all levels of government, from your city or town councillors to the Prime Minister. It is a one-stop platform for Canadians to navigate our political institutions with ease and support.
Service placements for young Canadians between the ages of 15-30 in the areas of digital civic engagement (i.e. creative civic engagement initiatives utilizing digital tools) and democratic literacy (i.e. knowledge about and experience in democratic participation in Canada). Volunteer participants will gain 120 hours of experience in digital skills while strengthening their democratic knowledge. Upon completion, a certificate from the Canada Service Corps will be awarded to volunteers!
The program empowers underserved youth in Canada by providing civic knowledge, digital skills, mentorship, and microgrants. It encourages them to create initiatives promoting civic engagement and understanding of Canadian democracy, benefiting both local and national communities. The goals are building an inclusive Canada, promoting civic and democratic engagement, strengthening youth resilience, and potential new themes that are identified by the youth themselves.
A topic of much interest, confusion, bedevilment and frustration in Canadian politics, given its fundamental influence over who does what and therefore who is responsible for what policy failures, is federalism. Federalism is a fundamental aspect of Canadian politics: it’s the reason we have provinces instead of a unitary government. But when you decide to split your government into different levels and different units, you also face the decision to split up their responsibilities. Who controls what, who pays for what, who is ultimately accountable for what?
All that can be a little time-consuming to navigate! Don’t worry, GLOCAL’s got you covered. We’ve prepared this primer for you to make learning about federalism as easy as possible.
This research project provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of local governance, written for a general audience. It examines the state of play in the “third order” of government in Canada, and provides a mapping of different systems of local governance, drawing to the extent possible from primary sources. The report describes the governance of incorporated municipalities as well as the patchwork quilt of governance systems in unincorporated communities. It takes a historical and comparative perspective on municipal incorporation and systems across the thirteen provinces and territories, including the election of municipal representatives. Further, the report compares these systems with the Indigenous governing structures, which may have a local focus but are not municipal governments as such.
According to a government survey, about one in five Canadians will face a serious legal problem during their lifetime. Attempting to solve such problems is never easy, and the often opaque nature of Canada’s judicial system can magnify such complexities. This guide to Canada’s judicial system attempts to demystify the actors and institutions that comprise it. Please keep in mind that this guide is meant to be a brief overview of Canada’s legal system, and that nothing in these pages should be construed as legal advice. Please seek out the relevant professional for assistance with any legal issues that may arise.
GLOCAL Foundation of Canada is proud to present its first Annual Celebration of Youth-led Civic Engagement Initiatives on Wednesday, 7 February 2024 in Ottawa. The event will recognize GLOCAL’s 1,000+ volunteers nationwide and the more than 100 youth recipients of micro-grants for their outstanding civic engagement projects.
Join us to facilitate the last-mile delivery of civic knowledge mobilization and engagement to your communities!