FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the goal of the project?
As much as Canada’s Centennial in 1967 belonged to an entire generation of Canadians, we feel 2017 should belong to this generation. The goal of this project is to involve thousands of young Canadians in a conversation about Canada’s future, encouraging young people to take a leadership role in celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.
Today’s young Canadians are passionate about a wide range of issues that are going to affect their lives and Canada’s future. They see the world differently and are often seeking ways to get involved and become change-agents. This project will give them a little bit of context, experience, and inspiration to do just that!
What is Canada 150&Me?
Canada 150&Me is an national competition for youth between the ages of 14-19. Participants selected will be travelling to one of four regional cities for a week of educational, cultural and community activities. There will be a one-day Forum in each of the regional cities based on a theme young people have chosen as the most relevant. Participants will be hearing from guest speakers and have a chance to discuss topical issues.
How many youth will be involved?
We are anticipating thousands of youth will make submissions online for the chance to be selected as one of 150 students who will travel to one of four places across Canada during April and May, 2017. There, they will lead a regional forum discussion involving hundreds more youth participating live on site or online.
Among the thousands of youth who attend those regional events – a whole new group of 150 youth will be chosen to represent what happened at these forums and present their views at a national forum to be held in Ottawa the week before Canada Day 2017. But the total project reach is anticipated to be much broader, supported by a social media campaign that encourages youth to comment and share the ideas and work submitted with each other.
Where are the four regional forums taking place?
The four regional forums will be held in:
- Vancouver, April 2-8
- Montreal, April 9-16
- Halifax, May 14-20
- Winnipeg, May 21-27.
The national forum will be held in Ottawa, June 26 to July 3, 2017.
How old do I have to be to participate?
Canada 150&Me is open to youth between the ages of 14-19.
How much will this cost me?
Canada 150&Me is a Signature Event for Canada 150. Experiences Canada has received money from the Government of Canada and a number of national, provincial and local sponsors and partners.
There are no fees to pay for the travel, accommodation or meals. You may wish to have a bit of spending money.
Where will I be staying?
Participants will be billeted with a family attached to host schools in each of the cities.
How do I apply?
You can apply online in three simple steps:
- Register YOUR interest at experiencescanada.ca/150
- Upload your answer to the challenge question in a file of your choosing
- Provide a short bio.
What question will participants be answering in their submission?
What is the greatest opportunity or challenge facing Canada for YOUR Generation?
What type of submissions will be accepted? What kind of files will need to be uploaded when we hand in our completed application?
You may upload your answer to the challenge question in the following formats:
- Video: A video can be a short film or performance art of any kind. Group consent must be given from members of video where applicable. The video can be a maximum length of 2-3 minutes. Submit as MP4/MPG/AVI/WMV.
- Image: An image can be a photo, a painting or a diagram. Digital submissions must be a minimum of 1MB and a maximum of 1GB in size. Submit as JPG/GIF/PNG.
- Graphic Novel: A graphic novel can be a maximum length of 5 pages. Submit as PDF.
- Sculpture or Visual Art: A sculpture or visual art piece can be submitted as a photo or a video along with a 500-word description of the piece.
- Written Text: An essay can be between 750-1000 words. A poem/song can be a maximum of 32 lines. Submit as PDF.
Who will be judging the applications?
A Canada-wide, volunteer judging panel including educators, artists, as well as prominent leaders in various fields will assist Experiences Canada in reviewing the submissions and making the final selections.
When is the deadline for submissions?
The deadline is February 14, 2017.