To celebrate the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan in 2009, the Embassy of Canada inaugurated a number of educational programs, one of which awarded scholarships to help 80 Japanese students to study in Canada. The success of the program led to its extension in 2010, re-emerging as the "Canada-Japan Leadership Fund" with the objective of training young people to become future bridges between the two countries.
Following the tragic events of March 11, 2011, a special category was proposed by the Embassy of Canada under the auspices of the Canada-Japan Leadership Fund to assist youth affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Today, through the generous financial contribution from Samantha Thavasa Japan Limited, in-kind contributions from Languages Canada (an accredited association of language schools), and the cooperation of Air Canada, we are launching the Hope for Youth project.
By enabling young people from the quake-affected areas to study in Canada, Hope for Youth aims to nurture globally minded citizens who will lead in the rebuilding of their communities and give hope and courage to Japan as it continues to play a leading role in the world. Through this project, 150 young people (ages 15 through 30) affected by the disaster will receive round-trip air transportation, one-month of language training, accommodation in a home or dormitory, and traveller's insurance – all free of charge.*
Applications will be accepted beginning July 22 via the Embassy of Canada's official website, and travel to Canada will commence October 10, 2011. Language courses and accommodation will be offered by 21 member schools of Languages Canada, and traveller's insurance will be offered by Guard.me, an insurance company affiliated with Languages Canada. Special fares offered by Air Canada will be purchased thanks to a special contribution of 15 million yen from Samantha Thavasa Japan Limited, a key sponsor of the project. Mr. Kazumasa Terada, President of Samantha Thavasa, studied in Canada and attributes the start of his business to his experience in Canada. Mr. Terada is also a founding sponsor of the Canada-Japan Leadership Fund.
*Round-trip airfare, language courses, and accommodation are available for 150 participants. Conditions of placements vary. Please see program information for details.
Embassy of Canada – Public Affairs Section
Samantha Thavasa Japan Limited – Press Group