Encounters with Canada

Students aged 14 – 17 are invited to take part in the experience of a lifetime…Encounters with Canada.  

The country’s leading youth forum, Encounters with Canada is a week-long citizenship, leadership and career-exploration program that takes place in Ottawa. Throughout the school year, teens from across the country gather at the Terry Fox Youth Centre for an unforgettable week of bilingual workshops, outings and cultural events. More than 107,000 students have already taken advantage of this life-changing opportunity!

Students choose from among 13 different theme weeks, many offered more than once:  

Arts & culture
Canada remembers
Communications & Social Media
Democracy & Youth
Experience Canada
First Responders
Global Affairs
Law & Our Justice System
Medicine & Health
Science & Ecology
Science & Technology
Sports & Fitness
Tech & Food  (NEW! How innovation and technology can solve global challenges)
Vimy: Canada's Coming of Age



Duration: One week - students usually leave home on Sunday and return on Saturday.

Lodging: Students stay in dormitories at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre.

Cost: $675, including transportation, lodging, meals and activities. 

Transportation: Transportation is arranged by Encounters with Canada, paid for by Exchanges Canada. Students travel by rail, bus or air, depending on where they live. An electronic ticket is sent via email.

Registration: Students register online, using the access code provided by their school 
representative or the local EWC coordinator (see below). The student’s theme week is only 
confirmed once the signed registration form and payment have been received in Ottawa.

Web site: Additional details can be found at www.encounters-rencontres.ca

For information or to apply, please see or contact one of the Counsellors.