The Hot Potato Initiative was founded in 2016 by a group of high school students from Burnaby, BC. Today, the organization comprises youth from coast to coast and we are expanding across Canada.


To educate & engage young Canadians in the conversation about homelessness.


A future where all Canadians critically engage with socioeconomic inequality and drive systemic change.


Our core values inform everything we do and how we do it.

  1. COMMUNITY — We exist to help make our community a better and more equitable place for everyone. We build partnerships to maximize our impact.
  2. RESPECT — We respect the space and dignity of those we want to help. We listen and learn first, and use our voices only when and where it is appropriate.
  3. INTEGRITY — We act morally and ethically in serving our mission to the best of our ability. We always try to do the right thing.


We see the world through a youth lens and come up with creative ways to tackle society’s most pressing issues. We’re not afraid of change.


The Hot Potato Initiative is founded

September 2016

Our first high school chapter opens in Burnaby, BC

April 2017

Our first Hot Potato Gala welcomes over
150 attendees

September 2017

Our Hot Potato Campaign launches

October 2017

Our White Paper releases to the public

March 2019

Our first Hot Potato Talk premieres to the public

April 2019

Our 3-Year Plan outlines the path forward to further our impact

May 2020

We are officially powered by Coast Capital Savings

February 2021

Land Acknowledgement

The Hot Potato Initiative acknowledges the unceded Traditional Coast Salish Lands including the Squamish, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie, and Kwikwetlem Nations.


The Hot Potato Initiative is incorporated under the Societies Act of British Columbia. Request information from BC Registries and Online Services with our non-profit number S0066891.


Direct inquiries here or by email at contact@hotpotatoinitiative.ca.
Direct inquiries to the Board of Directors at board@hotpotatoinitiative.ca.