Council candidate Scott Robertson is proposing a Youth Advisory Committee which he hopes will keep young people from leaving the city for jobs down south.
He says it's the single biggest issue he's hearing from voters.
The Mentorship Program would consist of one student from each high school, and one each from Canadore College and Nipissing University.
"This group will meet four times a year with the goal of preparing a final report to council in order to advocate for an issue of their choosing. The committee would also be responsible for a public advocacy campaign to further promote their chosen issue.
"The Baylor Report told us that job growth in the 21st century comes from start-ups and entrepreneurs, and our young people are the drivers in this area. Keeping our kids and grandkids here is an important part of how we’re going to move North Bay forward."
Robertson calls it "a practical steps to engage our youth and to value their voices at City Hall."
"As someone who has worked quite a bit youth, both in and out of the classroom, I know that when we encourage them to get involved and to interact with their community, we all benefit. Promoting civic participation for younger people will help foster a sense of belonging and pride in our city while at the same time making it more youth-friendly."