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 100,000 youth have lived the EWC experience, so far! 

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A different theme each week

Politics in Canada

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This week looks into Canada’s strong democratic traditions and how our system of parliamentary government functions. Taking advantage of the events happening in Ottawa at the time, participants enjoy many privileged opportunities. These may include visiting the Supreme Court of Canada and perhaps listening to an appeal, touring the Laurier House or seeing Rideau Hall, the official residence and workplace of the Governor General, as well as taking an extended visit of Parliament. Participants hear diplomats speak about their roles, and they may meet ministers, members of parliament, senators, political staffers, and/or lobbyists.

Politics in Canada on film: Mock election party commercials and special interest group commercials - including: The Unity Party and Votes for Youth!

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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.