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Do you work with youth or families in education, health, social work or community services?
This is an excellent chance for you to hear about best practices and to act on an important aspect of youth mental health!

Quebec Symposium on Young Carers

Charting Our Collective Course

October 27, 2023

Hybrid: online & in Montreal
Hilton Garden Inn Midtown, 6939 Decarie Blvd.
Bilingual; Free to attend

3 in every classroom

The Quebec Symposium on Young Carers, hosted by AMI-Quebec, is a day-long, free conference to address the wellbeing of young people who are affected by or care for a loved one with a disability, chronic illness, or struggles with mental health, substance use or problems related to aging.  

It will bring together professionals and youth from mental health, community, health, education, government, and research spheres across the province to identify priority areas and take action to support young carers.

Why does this matter? 

In Canada 1.25 million youth aged 15-25 have been identified as young carers. An estimated 10% of all youth are caregivers, starting as young as 5 years old. We are only starting to realize what an impact having a loved one who is struggling can have on these youth. They take on responsibilities like administering medication, translating in healthcare or banking settings, emotionally supporting family members, medical assistance, personal care and more. There are few supports in place to help them!

Click here for more info on young carers

Who should come to this symposium?

If you come into contact with youth and their families in your work, then this is relevant to you! We invite you to learn with us how to be a champion for these youth. 

Teachers ~ Coaches ~ School administrators

Community organization staff ~ Peer support workers

Nurses ~ Hospital administrators ~ Doctors

Social workers ~ Psychologists

Researchers ~ Policy Makers

If you are a youth with lived experience of caregiving, contact Oliver ( to learn about opportunities to have your voice heard. 


  • Bilingual & Hybrid
  • Action-oriented : participate in a workshop that feeds our Action Report on Young Carers
  • Panel discussion with youth with lived experience 
  • Keynote speech by Dr. Saul Becker, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the Faculty of Health and Education, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Overview of current projects for young carers in Quebec
  • Networking lunch with other young carers champions

Here’s what we will discuss…

Identity & Community Support ~ Diversity ~ Health ~ Education ~ Policy ~ Technology ~ Media

The heart of the symposium will be a workshop exploring key questions identified by young carers themselves as priorities for different sectors. The solutions you propose will be taken up by the panelists’ discussion, and integrated into a report on Quebec’s young carers priorities.

How can we support youth who take on caregiving responsibilities?
They need YOUR help!

The venue is wheelchair accessible.
Please contact Oliver Fitzpatrick for all access requests as soon as possible so that we can make arrangements.

Questions? Contact Oliver, AMI’s Young Carers Coordinator: