The Young Citizens program focuses on citizenship and is a complementary component to Heritage Fairs, an annual event where students present the results of their research on Canadian heroes, legends and key events in Canadian history. Participants in the Young Citizens program make a short video about their heritage fair topic, much like an evening news report or short documentary. The student videos are posted online and reviewed by a panel of judges for a chance to win a trip to Ottawa to attend the Canada’s History Forum.

Watch a clip about Young Citizens from CBC's The National:

2020 Young Citizens

The program is being relaunched for the 2019-20 school year. Students presenting at regional or provincial heritage fairs are eligible to participate and to submit a video.

A public vote will open on June 11, 2020 and families, teachers, schools, and communities are encouraged to view submissions, comment on the work of the Young Citizens, and submit their vote. Students will be promoting their work in communities all over Canada. 

A panel of judges will review the videos and the results of the vote and select four winners. These four students will receive a trip for two to Ottawa in the fall to attend the Canada's History Forum

We invite you to meet our Young Citizens, watch their videos, comment on their amazing work, and cast your vote! Go to Find a Young Citizen and discover the stories of Canada's past.

Project partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
  • Canadian Heritage / Patrimoine Canadien
  • Government of Canada
  • HBC: Hudson's Bay Company
  • ecentricarts inc.