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YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada

Programme Échanges jeunesse Canada YMCA
2200 Yonge Street, Unit 300, Toronto, ON M4S 2C6
Phone : 1 (877) 639-9987


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School year/Age

12 to 17 years old

Language level

French as a First Language
French immersion
French as a Second Language

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YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada provides groups of youth with the opportunity to explore Canada while learning leadership, communication and teamwork skills. Youth work together on community projects, and have the opportunity to make new friends while discovering the history, geography and diversity of Canada.


The YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada Program is open to groups of young people who belong to a recognized community organization or school. To participate in the program, you must:
- Be part of a group of 10 to 30 youth.
- Be between the ages of 12 and 17, and have not previously participated in the program.
- Be prepared to live away from home for at least five days (not including travel time).
- Participate in activities before, during, and after the exchange.
- Organize fundraising events to help cover the cost of hosting activities and local transportation.
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Number of participants

10 to 30 participants


Each group visits the other for a one-week educational exchange, which can take place at any time during the year.


Participation fee: $40 per person
The Government of Canada through the YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada Program pays the transportation costs for all eligible participants and organizers.


The YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada Program connects communities through experimental learning. We match school or community groups, from different parts of Canada. Preparation, travel and hosting activities provide an excellent opportunity for exchange participants to develop interpersonal and group collaboration skills while exploring their own community as well as another. The YMCA facilitates the exchanges through local support networks. Exchanges entirely in French or bilingual are available.

- Contribute to improved knowledge and understanding of Canada among Canadian youth, enabling them to learn firsthand about the history, geography, economy, institutions, cultures, communities, languages and other facets of our country.
- Help young Canadians connect to one another and create links throughout the country and among groups, thereby helping to strengthen the fabric of Canadian society.
- Develop Canadian identity and attachment to Canada among youth by enhancing appreciation of both the diversity and the shared aspects of the Canadian experience.
- Contribute to the development of leadership and teamwork skills in young Canadians.
- Foster a stronger sense of community by providing opportunities for youth to become actively engaged in their own and other communities in Canada.




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