Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 01, 2006 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Continues to Support Youth Program

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 1, 2006) - Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, today announced $13.5 million in funding over three years for the Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada (SEVEC) Youth Exchanges Canada Program.

"Congratulations to SEVEC on their 70th anniversary!" said Minister Oda. "Renewal of this funding is part of our commitment to engage young people. It will ensure that SEVEC continues to offer unique opportunities to thousands of young Canadians."

The SEVEC Youth Exchanges Canada program, one of the largest programs of its kind, allows Canada's young people to connect first-hand with the lives of young people from different cultures in other parts of the country.

By taking turns hosting each other, students experience a significant dimension of Canadian diversity, while also participating in themed projects such as history, arts and sciences, music, the environment, amateur sport, and community development. From now until 2009, 17 000 young Canadians will be able to benefit from these reciprocal exchanges.

SEVEC is a national charitable organization that receives financial assistance in part from the Department of Canadian Heritage under the Exchanges Canada Program.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Status of Women
    Robert Paterson
    Director of Communications
    (819) 997-9314
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    (819) 997-9314