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Exchanges Canada




The Exchanges Canada program helps youth to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Canada, while connecting with other young Canadians.

Participants can go almost anywhere in Canada. They can discover a rural area or a city centre, a French- or English-speaking community, a province on the other side of the country or an equally exciting place closer to home. Participants develop a sense of Canadian identity and attachment to Canada and its rich diversity. The program aims to involve youth participants from all walks of life, including Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

Eligible Applicants

The Exchanges Canada program has two components for youth:

  • Youth Exchanges Canada
    • Youth or groups of youth, generally between the ages of 12 and 17. Youth from different parts of the country are paired according to their ages and interests, then each participant takes a turn hosting their “twin” in their home.
  • Youth Forums Canada
    • Generally between the ages of 14 and 25 who share a passion for Canadian issues, institutions, history, official languages, sports or the arts.

For more detailed information about your eligibility on each of the component, please click the link indicated below.

Eligible Expenses

For more detailed information, please click the link indicated below.

Deadline Date

  Please click the link indicated below for deadline date details.


Contact Name: Department of Canadian Heritage

Phone Number: 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)

E-mail Address:


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