Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 04, 2009 11:00 ET

Ensuring More Students Experience Canada: The Government of Canada Increases Funding to the Historica Foundation of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 4, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Saint Boniface), announced steps the Government of Canada has taken to ensure that young people intending to participate in this year's Historica: Encounters with Canada program will have the means to travel to Ottawa.

"The Historica: Encounters with Canada program provides young Canadians with an invaluable opportunity to come to our nation's capital," said Minister Moore. "It allows them to discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, develop civic leadership skills, and live an extraordinary bilingual experience."

"Our Government is taking steps to celebrate Canadian history, identity, and institutions with a view to developing a stronger sense of national citizenship," said Ms. Glover. "I am proud and excited to be able to share this news with participants."

"We are delighted the Government of Canada is announcing an increase in funding for our youth program in the coming year," said Linda Brunet, Director General of Historica: Encounters with Canada. "This funding is in keeping with our desire to shape Canadian youth into informed and engaged citizens."

Historica: Encounters with Canada is a week-long bilingual program of Canadian studies in Ottawa that gives young people aged 14 to 17 from different regions and backgrounds the opportunity to meet, get to know one another, discover their country, and gain a better understanding of Canada's major institutions. About 3400 students take part in this program every year over the 26 weeks it runs from September to May.

On March 2, 2007, the Government of Canada announced more than $17.1 million in funding over five years to the Historica Foundation of Canada for its program Historica: Encounters with Canada. An increase in funding of $372,820 for 2008-2009, in response to increased transportation costs, will ensure that the same numbers of young people can continue to benefit from Encounters this year.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Exchanges Canada initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage. For more information about Exchanges Canada, visit

This news release is also available online at under Media Room.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations