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 96,000 youth have lived the EWC experience, so far! 

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A different theme each week

Sports and Fitness

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The promotion of fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle is the focus of this week and gives participants the opportunity to try out a number of sports activities such as: Ultimate Frisbee, martial arts, wall-climbing, downhill skiing, snowboarding, swimming, dragon boating, skating, trampoline, and a military-style boot camp, to name a few. Past speakers have included Olympians, nutritionists, and fitness experts.

Sports & Fitness on film: Fencing and Yoga, Stomp!, Crazy Smooth: B-Boy, Military Boot camp-September 2009, The Terry Fox Run, US Marine Boot Camp!, Boot camp! - September 2010 and Dragon Boats.

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Bonus activities for all theme weeks

EWC participants take part in five 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.

Peace
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.

PEI 2014 
Programmed in collaboration with PEI 2014 Inc., this module highlights the characters, circumstances and social activities that forged the beginnings of our great country and sets the stage for the 150th Anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, which paved the way to Confederation in 1867.