Canada World Youth is Closing

The Board of Canada World Youth – Jeunesse Canada Monde regrets that it has had to make a difficult decision to conclude youth-focused programming and end our organization’s activities. 

The Board wants to thank all alumni, volunteers, donors, and champions of Canada World Youth. With your support over the past 50+ years, Canada World Youth has benefited more than 2,000,000 people around the world.  

 Quite simply, this beloved, quintessentially Canadian, organization no longer has the means to continue operations.  

 The COVID-19 pandemic profoundly disrupted the primary activities of our youth-driven organization. Prior to the pandemic our programs largely focused on volunteer-based international internships. Without the option for travel, CWY-JCM temporarily halted programming and experienced a significant reduction in funding. It would simply take too long to recuperate without immediate additional support. 

As we mourn the end or an incredible era of empowering youth, we celebrate all our successes over the years. Despite our best efforts to secure a stable future for the organization, we were unable to acquire the funding necessary to keep the doors open. 

If you would like to speak with CWY-JCM president and CEO, Susan Handrigan, please contact her at