About Us

Encounters with Canada is our country’s largest and foremost youth forum! Every week of the school year, 120 to 148 teens from across Canada, aged 14 to 17 years, come to Ottawa. Here 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. Learn more about the values that guide us by reading our mission.


We believe introducing Canadian youth to our country's diverse cultures, heritage, beliefs, contemporary issues, institutions and leaders opens their eyes to the vast potential of their own lives, as well as that of their communities, their nation and the world. Providing a platform where Canada’s youth voices are valued and heard leads to a strengthening of these voices, of youth leadership in Canada, and of our nation, as a whole. This is an opportunity like no other.


EWC is one of the many acclaimed programs of Historica Canada, and is recognized and endorsed by the Ministry of Education in every province and territory. The program also receives generous funding from Canadian Heritage, Veterans Affairs and others. Participation in the EWC program is also officially recognized by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program.

Our Alumni

We are proud of the legacy of outstanding Canadians, who have participated in the Encounters with Canada program.

We salute the following distinguished alumni, in recognition and gratitude for their devotion and outstanding contributions to the service of their country:


Encounters with Canada has been offering exceptional Canadian youth programming for 35 years. More than 108,000 youth have lived the experience, to date! We're extremely proud of our legacy, and we look to the future with great enthusiasm!