In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial we partnered with the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) to launch Active Citizens in communities across the country. Over 170  young leaders from across Canada learned how to use the Active Citizens framework to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their local community. 

Active Citizens is a social leadership training programme developed by the British Council, which promotes intercultural dialogue and community led social-development through a social enterprise lens. Active Citizens training helps participants to become more self-aware and confident as leaders, strengthen their capacity to communicate, and build strong relationships with others. Our programme has been implemented in 10 countries worldwide, working with more than 150 partnering organisations and more than 17,590 social entrepreneurs trained.


Young leaders (aged 18 – 35) living in Canada, committed to and passionate about social entrepreneurship, community-engagement, social development. Young leaders with a passion for the SDGs and an idea on how they could address one of the Sustainable Development Goals in their community.


The 150 young leaders who were trained from December till February 2017, armed with the Active Citizens framework after the training, they returned to their communities to implement their proposed SDG intervention throughout 2017, with the support of peer or business mentors.

Fifteen exemplary participants (15 social action projects) from  across Canada were chosen by a diverse Selection Committee to attend the programme's Youth Innovation Summit in Ottawa on March 30th, 2017.

The Summit showcased the youth's passion and commitment for social enterprise while convening high level representatives from public and private sectors, innovation-focused enterprises and start-ups, social enterprises of all sizes, Primer Minister's Youth Councils members, British Youth Council members, the Commonwealth Youth Council member and UN representatives. This Summit also provided opportunity for networking and partnership development with an audience of over 100 distinguished guests including high-level government dignitaries and the Youth Council members of both the UK and Canada.