It'd be a great idea if all the provincial associations can play nice Ted. Care to outline how you see this league working? Can it link-up with the Canadian Championship? How long will the season be? Semi-pro or strictly amateur? Things of that nature.
I would imagine a nationwide u23 league would have to be a few provinces combining, and of course strong ownership/sponsorship.
IE- BC/Alta, Sask/Man, Ontario, Quebec, Maritimes all with their own "conferences." QC and Ontario are pretty much ready to go. The Maritimes and the west are the issue.
Expansion to NASL and USL Pro above this would be critical - with no carrot at the end why would young players commit? I think having the Canadian Championship (and the obvious exposure that comes with it) would need to be the other carrot. On top of quality, professional set-up, web sites, sponsorships etc etc etc. The youth teams would need to have dedicated partnerships with the provincial and NTC youth programs as well as elite youth leagues as well ... one way to make the u23 league successful would be to make it the direct feeder system to the NASL and USL Pro expansion teams - kinda like AHL hockey where they are connected to fully pro teams, but are their own entity receiving subsidy from the pro team(s)?
Would a Canadian regional u23 league mean there would be NO chance for American u23's to join if they wanted? Would having American teams joining require USSF permission/partnership? I am thinking of the American teams in the PDL Pacific North West, and even the new Bellingham, Washington team in the PCSL.