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Citizenship Congress

Citizenship Congress 2022 is returning this May. Stay tuned for more information on this year's Congress. Check back here soon.

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 2021, we will be exploring issues of income security and public programs with our theme, Examining Public Programs: Exploring the issue of Universal Basic Income.

Citizenship Congress will be virtual 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 will officially open on Friday evening, the annual debate will take place on Saturday and we will end with workshops and a closing activity on Sunday. Each delegate must attend at least ONE debate prep session, taking place Tuesday - Thursday, but are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible.

This year’s debate resolution is “Be it resolved that the Government of Canada will provide a guaranteed basic income for all Canadian citizens over the age of 18.”

Check out last year's debate:

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. To attend, please contact your provincial 4-H office

Have a question about Citizenship Congress? Contact the 4-H Canada Program Team at


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