October 07, 2009 18:30 ET

Government of Canada Renews its Support to Canada World Youth

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2009) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced today that the Government of Canada is pleased to support Canada World Youth with $46.7 million over five years.

"Our continued support to Canada World Youth recognizes the spirit and potential of young Canadians to be part of our Canadian efforts to improve the lives of those living in poverty around the world," said Minister Oda. "The experience they gain and the insights they acquire will enrich their future potential in an increasingly global world. Through the new Youth Leaders in Action program, young Canadians will feel they are making a difference in communities in developing countries. This unique experience will also prepare them to make a positive contribution to Canada's future as adults."

"We are grateful for this continued support, which clearly reflects the Government of Canada's recognition of youth as leaders of social, cultural and economic development," said Iris Almeida-Cote, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada World Youth. "CIDA's contribution will enable Canada World Youth to become a catalyst for youth-led initiatives that help young people around the world to participate actively in the development of just, harmonious, and sustainable societies. "

The funding will support the Youth Leaders in Action program, which provides six-month exchanges for more than 3,000 Canadian and developing-country youth volunteers working with partners in 13 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

The funding is part of the Volunteer Cooperation Program, which was renewed last April to further support Canadian volunteer-cooperation agencies working overseas.


Canada World Youth is recognized as a world leader in the development of international educational programs for youth aged 15 to 25, working with countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe.

Established in 1971, Canada World Youth designs and delivers international educational programs through international exchanges for youth with a focus on volunteer work and community development. Since its inception, Canada World Youth has placed 31,000 young people from 67 countries throughout the world.

CIDA investments are directed to the Youth Leaders in Action program, which will involve volunteer youth exchanges with partners in 13 countries in the Americas (Bolivia, Cuba, Honduras, Nicaragua), Africa (Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania), Asia (Indonesia) and Eastern Europe (Ukraine).

Canada World Youth is funded through CIDA's Volunteer Cooperation Program, which supports Canadian volunteer-cooperation agencies in building the capacity of developing-country partners to improve economic and social well-being. The volunteer cooperation agencies respond to local needs through placements of qualified volunteers and through volunteer-exchange programs.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Jessica Fletcher
    Press Secretary
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office