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CK to the Power of Young People

The Chatham-Kent to the Power of Young People (CKY) initiative works to improve Chatham-Kent's ability to attract, engage, and retain young people aged 15-39.

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The CK to the Power of Young People (CKY) initiative works with local young people (aged 15-39) and organizations to increase attraction, engagement, and retention outcomes of residents in this age group. The most recent information, from the 2021 Statistics Canada Census, shows that Chatham-Kent's population of young people aged 15 to 39 has increased by 2.2% since the last Census in 2016. Find out more about the CKY initiative and the work of the CKY Advisory Group or contact us at for more information.

CKY Community Action Plan

Check out the recommendations from local feedback surveys with young people (aged 15-39) and local organizations in the CKY, Community Action Plan - 2019, including helpful resources to better attract, engage, and retain young people. Overall, young people demonstrated that they want to be involved in organizations and communities where they are valued as contributors and have input on future direction, and local businesses and organizations showed interest in increasing engagement with young people. The CKY Community Action Plan aims to provide a starting point for organizations and employers to improve their efforts to attract, engage and retain young people on a local level, and is part of wider efforts by the LivingCK team and local partners to welcome new residents from across age and other demographics, including immigrant newcomers.

CKY Advisory Group

The findings of the 2017 survey led to the creation of the first Chatham-Kent to the Power of Young People (CKY) Advisory Group in 2018. Find out more about the CKY Advisory Group here, including their current activities and current membership. Follow the activities of the CKY Advisory Group here and over social media on Facebook and Instagram. To speak with a member of the CKY Advisory Group, and share your thoughts and opinions, email

CKY Survey of Young People, 2020

 In September 2020, the CK to the Power of Young People – CKY Advisory Group and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's LivingCK team conducted a survey of young people, aged 15-39, in Chatham-Kent to see how young people were fairing locally and learn how their lives has been impacted by Covid-19. In total, 1001 responses were received which are highlighted in this report. This survey is connected to the broader CK to the Power of Young People initiative and compliments the surveys of young people conducted in 2012 and 2017. Thank you to everyone who continues to support the CKY initiative and who took time to complete this survey. 

Read the full CKY 2020 Survey of Young People to see what they told us, and follow the CKY social media accounts for updated news on what we are doing.

CKY Background

The Chatham-Kent to the Power of Young People (CKY) initiative began with two surveys which informed action items to improve Chatham-Kent's ability to attract, engage, and retain young people aged 15-39. This initiative is a follow-up to an original CK Survey of Young People in 2012. To read full 2012 findings, click here: CK Survey of Young People - 2012 findings.

The first survey was conducted in June 2017, to gain feedback from young people aged 15-39 years old on their experience living in Chatham-Kent. Check out the highlights in the CK Young People Feedback, Infographic. Full findings from this survey are available here: Chatham-Kent to the Power of Young People - 2017 Survey.

The second survey, the CKY Organization Survey, was conducted in March, 2018, and gained feedback on what community organizations and employers are doing to attract, engage, and retain young people. The findings from the second survey are available in the Chatham-Kent to the Power of Young People, Organization Report - 2018.

Feedback gained from community members directs the work of LivingCK to attract and retain people (including young people, newcomers and active retirees) to Chatham-Kent. The findings from the June 2017 survey of young people have helped identify and refine key focus areas for LivingCK. The LivingCK team works with a wide range of community partners to help make all of this happen. Most importantly, we seek continuous feedback from the people who are connected to Chatham-Kent. Please join in on the conversation through @LivingCK.