Our Youth Program

Spend a week with Encounters with Canada - Canada's largest youth forum!  Every week of the school year, 120 to148 teens from across Canada (ages 14-17) come to Ottawa, where they discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career options, develop their civic leadership skills and live an extraordinary bilingual experience. Over 99,000 youth have lived the EWC experience, so far! 

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A different theme each week

Arts and Culture

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Participants have a fantastic lineup of unique workshops to choose from, including introduction to art therapy, mime, swing dancing, slam, environmental art, the foundation of B-Boying, collage, djembe, improvisation, and so much more. To kick off the week, participants experience the uplifting messages from an inspirational and motivational entertainer. Our artistic teens also enjoy a visit to one of the world’s greatest collections at the National Art Gallery.

Arts & Culture on film: Arts Alive!, The Memory Box Project, Encounters with Canada - Arts & Culture - March/April 2010, B-Boy Dancing, Arts & Culture - Mar/April 2010, Maria Hawkins, Claymation - March 2011, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada - Arts & Culture Week 2012 - #1 (4:49), Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada - Arts & Culture Week 2012 - #2 (3:39), Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada - Arts & Culture Week 2012 - #3 (4:35).

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Bonus activities for all theme weeks

EWC participants take part in four unique and interactive modules!

Youth Engagement
Participants meet a notable personality to discuss how they can become involved in and make a difference in their communities and the political process.

Linguistic Duality
In this module, programmed in collaboration with Official Languages of the Department of Canadian Heritage, participants consider the benefits and challenges of living in in a bilingual country.

In this module, programmed in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs Canada, participants honour and remember Canadians serving and those who have served in the past to ensure we live in a free society.

The Heritage Minute
Programmed in collaboration with Canadian Heritage, this module inspires EWC participants to reflect on Canadian history (local, provincial, national), and to find innovative ways to commemorate and celebrate these important milestones.