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Active Citizens Social Enterprise (ACSE) is a social leadership training programme that provides the opportunity to young diverse Canadians, between the ages of 18-35, to learn about and experiment with social innovation through intercultural dialogue and community-led social development. ACSE aims to provide Canadian youth the skills to tackle local challenges that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target.

After a successful ACSE, First Edition (2016-2017), the programme will train an additional group of 150 young Canadian on the ACSE toolkit (3-Day Immersive Training). Training sessions will take place in six cities across Canada (Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. Armed with the ACSE framework, participants will return to their community after the training to implement their proposed SDG intervention, with the support of peer or business mentors.

In addition, the 10 top ideas, and social entrepreneurs will be invited to Ottawa to partake in the Second Annual Youth Innovation Summit which will convene high level representatives from the public and private sector, innovators and starups, social enterprises of all sizes, British Council and UN representatives. This Summit will also provide the opportunity for partnership development, to showcase social enterprise, ideas and innovation. Travel bursaries will be available for those selected to attend the Summit in Ottawa. To find out more about past participants click here. 

Objectives of ACSE

  • Showcase Canadian youth leadership in social entrepreneurship
  • Create a portal of best practices on social enterprise as a reference for aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Connect talented young Canadians with peer coachers to assess the implementation capacity of their proposed business plans
  • Report best practices, lessons learned, and stories about the participants to all funders and stakeholders of the programme

Who is eligible?

Young leaders (aged 18 – 35) living in Canada.

If you are committed to and passionate about  community-engagement, social development and social entrepreneurship.  If you have a passion for the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) and an idea for how you could address one of them in your community, then we want you!

Whether you're a seasoned social entrepreneur or a newcomer to the field in search of new tools to address a social or environmental issue, we welcome your application!

Apply to be a participant: 

Applications are now open (deadlines vary depending on the city) and more information on the programme can be found below:


  Application deadlines (midnight) Selected participants contacted on Date of training Venue
Vancouver Wednesday, Oct 9  *completed Friday, Oct 13  *completed Frid-Sun, Oct 20-22 *completed


Calgary Monday, Oct 9  *completed Friday, Oct 13  *completed Frid-Sun, Oct 27-29 *completed  Innovative Calgary
Montreal Monday, Oct 9 Friday, Oct 13 Frid-Sun, Nov 3-5  Ideal Coworking
Toronto Monday, Oct 9 Friday, Oct 13 Frid-Sun, Nov 3-5  Ryerson University
Halifax Sunday, Oct 29 Wednesday, Nov 1 Frid-Sun, Nov 17-19  Saint Mary´s University
Ottawa Sunday, Oct 29 Wednesday, Nov 1 Frid-Sun, Dec 1-3  British High Commisison in Ottawa


Programme Schedule

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