Citizen Participation Branch - Canadian Heritage

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Citizen Participation Branch

The Citizen Participation Branch helps Canadians to better understand both the diversity and the shared aspects of the Canadian experience, and seeks to connect Canadians to one another and their communities. The Branch is home to a number of programs that serve to fulfill these objectives, namely: Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage, Exchanges Canada, Canadian Studies and the Young Canada Works Secretariat.

The Youth Participation Directorate oversees the Exchanges Canada Program (including Youth Exchanges Canada and Youth Forums Canada), the Canadian Studies Program, and the Youth Take Charge program, and acts as a secretariat for Young Canada Works. These programs seek to increase young Canadians' knowledge and understanding of, and attachment to, Canada, its history, people and institutions, through reciprocal homestay exchanges, thematic forums, learning materials and activities, and employment and internship opportunities.


  • Youth Participation in Arts, Heritage, Culture and Community - A National Conversation


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