Health & Safety

Three decades – more than 110,000 encounters

For over 37 years, Encounters with Canada has been welcoming youth from all across Canada to the Historica Canada Centre.

Our expertise with respect to the health, safety and well-being of our participants is beyond compare.

Safe travel

EWC ensures the safety and security of all participants.

An EWC representative meets every participant arriving in Ottawa, regardless of their means of transportation, and escorts them to The Historica Canada Centre.

When it’s time to return home, participants are, once again, accompanied by EWC staff back to their point of departure.

The Historica Canada Centre

During the day, participants are supervised by EWC staff members and six teacher-monitors.

A security team patrols from 4 p.m. until 9 a.m. The property is entirely fenced in.

At night, all entrances, including the main gate, are closed and locked.

In the event of an emergency, alarm buttons are located throughout the Centre.

Numerous closed-circuit cameras are also installed at strategic locations throughout the building and property, and monitored on an ongoing basis to ensure everyone’s safety.

All of the computers in our Internet Café are equipped with controls to ensure safe browsing.

A healthy, safe environment

The health and well-being of our young participants is a major priority at Encounters with Canada.

Every year, all EWC personnel are recertified and trained in first aid, CPR, and the use of EWC’s defibrillator. EWC’s fire and safety procedures are reviewed annually by the Ottawa Fire Services.

Further, EWC’s kitchen is inspected to ensure its compliance with the safe food-handling practices of Ottawa Public Health.

Given the allergies that some participants may suffer, the Centre boasts a nut-free environment.

As a further precaution, no outside food may be brought into the Centre, except for those with special dietary needs.

That said, although we make every possible effort to prevent allergens (eg., gluten) in our food preparation, we cannot guarantee that our ingredients have not been in contact with them.

We take health prevention very seriously. The health guidelines established at The Historica Canada Centre are fully compliant with the directives of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

For further information, read our Infectious Disease Prevention Policy.