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

Vimy: Canada’s Coming of Age

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This theme focuses on an in-depth look at Canada’s participation in the First World War. The victory at Vimy Ridge in France is said to be Canada’s “coming of age” as a nation. Participants learn about the legacy of Vimy and are challenged to take up the torch of remembrance, so that the memory of those who served and sacrificed will never fade. Vimy Foundation website

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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.