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Citizenship Congress

Looking to the Future:
Canada’s Role in Climate Action

Developed in 1972 as a way to unite 4-H members from across the country, 4-H Canada’s Citizenship Congress is considered a flagship program that gives 4-H members knowledge and insight about Canada, its history and its systems. Delegates explore and develop skills related to civic engagement, governance, parliamentary procedures, citizenship, and politics.

About the Program

Citizenship Congress creates multiple opportunities for delegates to network and learn from experts on governance and civic engagement while fostering their research skills, public speaking skills and expanding their knowledge on the parliamentary procedures as they prepare for the annual Citizenship Congress debate.

In 2020, we are highlighting climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals with our theme, Looking to the Future: Canada’s Role in Climate Action.

Citizenship Congress is moving virtually this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on 4-H Canada’s response, please see our latest update on the pandemic.

What to Expect

Taking place virtually via Zoom, the conference kicks off Friday evening, continues with a half-day of programming on Saturday, and culminates in the annual debate.

Using Sustainable Development Goal 13 (Climate Action) as our focal point, we will explore where Canada currently stands on climate action and how we might need to shift and change policies to meet the targets of SDG 13 by 2030.

Conference Experience from Home

To help enhance your virtual conference experience, delegates will receive an exciting kit filled with event materials and fun stuff. 4-H Canada will also create opportunities for networking and skill-building before and after the conference. A collection of digital resources and activities will be provided to help you make the most of Citizenship Congress.

How to participate

Citizenship Congress is open to 4-H members ages 16 to 21. Ten members from each province will be selected by their provincial 4-H organization to attend. For more information, please contact your provincial office.

Have a question about Citizenship Congress? Contact Lina Saigol, Youth Programs Manager at


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