Summer Work Student Exchange

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Experience the journey of a lifetime!

The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange is a unique national exchange program that brings together youth from various communities across the country. Participating youth, aged 16 and 17, have the opportunity to improve their second official language skills, and gain important employment experience through a work placement while on their exchange.


In 6 short weeks over the summer, participants go on a journey across Canada that will forever impact their lives. Learning more about themselves, discovering another part of Canada and the people that make up our great nation, taking on new challenges, making new friends and, having so much fun, participants agree this experience is the journey of a lifetime!

For more information, and to register, click here.

The Government of Canada, through Exchanges Canada, a part of the Department of Canadian Heritage, provides financial assistance for this program. Exchanges Canada also offers information on exchange activities available to young Canadians through the 1 800 O-CANADA information line (1 800 935-5555, TDD/TTY 1 800 926-9105) or their website. You can also reach Exchanges Canada by mail at:

Youth Exchanges Canada Program
Citizen Participation Branch
Department of Canadian Heritage
25 Eddy Street
25-3-P
Gatineau, QC, K1A 0M5

Programme Échanges jeunesse Canada
Direction Générale de la Participation des citoyens
Ministère du Patrimoine canadien
25 rue Eddy
25-3-P
Gatineau, QC, K1A 0M5