Encounters with Canada is our country’s largest youth forum! Throughout the school year, 120 to 150 teens come to Ottawa each week from across Canada. Together with their peers they develop civic leadership skills, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, and explore exciting career options.


Across the world, as well as within Canada, we see the impacts of historical injustice – alongside important conversations about systemic racism faced by Black, Indigenous and racialized communities. At Encounters With Canada, we bring young Canadians of all backgrounds and walks of life together to learn more about our country – and each other. Those important first steps must be accompanied by a willingness to examine the past and to have longstanding viewpoints challenged. At EWC, we reaffirm our responsibility to foster a more equitable and inclusive culture. We want all EWC staff, participants, and alumni to feel safe, welcomed and valued, and to reflect the diversity of Canada’s communities. We are committed to learning, listening, and changing – and helping to build a better Canada through action.


Historica Canada offers programs that you can use to explore, learn and reflect on our history, and what it means to be Canadian. In addition to Encounters with Canada, you may know us through the Heritage Minutes and The Canadian Encyclopedia, but we do many other things as well. We reach more than 19 million Canadians annually. Everything our not-for-profit organization provides is in both official languages and usually for free. You can find our programs and content in venues including schools, public places, on television, trains, planes - and online everywhere.
To learn more: www.historicacanada.ca


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 since 1982. More than 113,000 youth have lived the experience, to date! We're extremely proud of our legacy, and we look to the future with great enthusiasm!