4-H Conferences

4-H is proud to offer unique conferences that aim to improve your life or career in inspiring and meaningful ways. Create meaningful friendships as you grow and learn together.

Impact conference.

For current 4-H participants ages 16-21 across Ontario (as of program date)

2024 Program Application Deadline: January 1, 2024
Space Available: 4-H Ontario can send 7 participants.

Location: Ottawa, ON

Date: May 2024

Cost: $500

Citizenship Congress will deepen your understanding of civic engagement, governance and public policy, parliamentary procedures, citizenship, and politics. This conference creates opportunities for you to network and learn from experts on governance and civic engagement while building your research skills, communication skills, and your knowledge on parliamentary procedure. Workshops and preparation sessions will culminate with the annual debate where you and your fellow 4-H’ers from across Canada will construct insightful arguments and practice your skills of persuasion and public speaking. You’ll leave Citizenship Congress having learned more about Canada, its government, and yourself.

Learn more and watch recordings of past debates at 4-h-canada.ca/citizenship-congress.

Upon being selected, a registration fee, along with further registration information, is to be paid to the Canadian 4-H Council.

Apply today!

For more information about applying to this experience, please contact:
4-H Ontario’s Coordinator, Programming

For current 4-H Participants, 16-21 years old (as of program date)

First offered in 1931, 4-H Canada’s Members Forum is our longest-running program. Through experiential learning, workshops and interactive activities, you will develop a deeper awareness, knowledge and understanding of what it means to positively impact the environment and healthy living. You’ll leave feeling energized and equipped to apply new knowledge and skills to club projects in your community, and maybe even discover new career paths to explore or pursue.

For information on the 2023 National Members Forum, as it becomes available, visit the 4-H Ontario and the 4-H Canada website.

Date: November 26-30, 2023

Location: Calgary, Alberta

Venue: TBD with opportunity to attend GrowCanada Conference

Theme: TBD
Open to: 4-H participants, 16-21 years old
Application Deadline: August 1, 2023
Cost: $500

Space Available: Seven delegates (age 16-21) and one chaperone from each province

Youth will have the opportunity to participate in mentorship circles, connect with 4-H’ers from across the country, network, connect with agriculture industry leaders and so much more!

Participants will explore:

  • Careers and Leadership – including Mentorship Circles
  • Service and Community Development
  • Environment and Healthy Living

Apply now!

You can find the 4-H Inclusion Statement here.

For more information, please contact:
4-H Ontario’s Coordinator, Programming

Returning for the first time since 2019!

The annual U.S. National 4-H Conference is the premier civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members across the U.S. and Canada. One 4-H Member (aged 18-19 at the time of the event) from each province in Canada, forms the Canadian delegation. Conference delegates choose an important societal topic, and, in round table groups, prepare a formal briefing. Briefings are presented to U.S. federal officials around the Washington, D.C. area. In addition to conference activities, 4-H Canada delegates may have a chance to tour Washington, visit some of the nation’s famous cultural and political sites, including Lincoln Memorial and Capitol Hill, and visit the Canadian Embassy.

Delegates will also learn more about the U.S. government, share their voice with 4-H partners and become more empowered than ever to create positive social change during this major U.S. conference.

The U.S. National 4-H Conference is supported by the Honourable Lye and Sharon Vanclief leadership Endowment fund.

Date: April 19-24, 2024

Who: 4-H members aged 18-19 (at time of travel)

Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia

Application Deadline: December 1, 2023 (now closed)

Cost: $750 CAD (includes access to all conference programming, flights and transportation costs, most meals and hotel accommodations)

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Event date: April 27-29, 2023

Cost: $200 +HST ($226)
*This fee covers your experience at Dairy Sen$e, including accommodations, meals, activities and supplies.*

For all youth ages 18-25 (prior to January 1, 2023)

Location: Durham College, Oshawa, ON

Registration Deadline: April 7, 2023

Check back here for the 2023 schedule!

If you plan to be involved in the dairy industry in any way, Dairy Sen$e is for you!

Through guest speakers, case studies, facility tours and networking with industry leaders, you’ll gain practical skills that will set you up to run a profitable dairy operation.

  • Gain management skills from Ontario’s top dairy farmers
  • Learn the key elements of a succession plan
  • Network with other young dairy farmers
  • Tour facilities and hear from knowledgeable guest speakers

Dairy Sen$e® offers an invaluable, intensive opportunity to learn the business and operations of dairy and apply them to your farm.

4-H Ontario recently conducted a study on the impact the Dairy Sen$e® conference has on participants. Read more about the study.

Check out this video from the 2014 Dairy Sen$e® Conference.

For more information, please contact:
4-H Ontario’s Coordinator, Events
1-877-410-6748 x 468

A special thanks to our sponsors:

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Open to: 4-H Participants, 18-25 years old

Careers on the Grow is a career exploration program where you can explore career paths, apply your skills, and gain hands-on work experience. Being part of your 4-H club prepares you for your future career by learning decision-making, communication, and leadership skills – which are in demand in today’s workplace. Through Careers on the Grow, you can put these skills to work and grow them further through internship placements, networking, mentorship opportunities, and career exploration resources. As part of this program there are internship opportunities, e-mentorships, virtual workshops and career readiness learning modules.

For more details on the 2024 program, visit www.4-h-canada.ca/growingcareers

It’s back for a second year! The Impact Conference is where 4-H participants, ages 14-21 from across the province, are nominated by their home associations to attend a three-day conference. Participants will learn about careers, volunteering and making a difference in their communities. It will be filled with learning opportunities, a chance to network and make lasting connection with like-minded individuals. The Impact Conference aims to educate, inspire and empower the future generation of leaders by providing them with the knowledge and resources necessary to pursue their chosen career path, and create a positive lasting impact within their club, community, country and world!

When: October 18-20, 2024

Where: Oakville, ON

Cost: $225 +HST

Who can attend: This conference is open to all 4-H participants aged 14-21 (prior to Jan. 1, 2024) who have completed a minimum of 6 clubs and are actively involved in 4-H and their community.

Registration deadline: July 15, 2024 (associations must submit delegate names to 4-H Ontario by end of day)

For more information, read our FAQ. If you are interested in attending this conference, please contact your local 4-H association.