Increasing hatred, intolerance and violent extremism are becoming a defining feature of the world today. Canada has not been swept up by the global tide so far, but the threat is real. We cannot take peace for granted. We must resist.



Recent political events have created an environment of rising intolerance and xenophobia. Canada is one of the few bastions resisting this global tide of intolerance and xenophobia.

1 in 5 Canadians is foreign-born, and two thirds of Canada’s population growth is attributable to international migration. 

Most Canadians have a positive view of immigration and most newcomers feel proud to be Canadian. However, there is some evidence that attitudes may be hardening.

A survey by the Angus Reid Institute in February 2017 found that a "significant segment" of Canadians say Canada's current refugee target of 40,000 is “too high”, while one in four Canadians wants to impose its own Trump-style travel ban on refugees.

Many Canadians are becoming more fearful in the aftermath of attacks against visible minorities, including the recent violent attack on a Quebec City mosque. We do not sit idly by and watch as populists spread fear, racism and hatred. We defend our values. We resist.


Youth4Peace Canada works to strengthen the foundations of Canada`s positive experiences with multiculturalism, and lead the global resistance against intolerance, hatred and violent extremism, and to boldly share the Canadian example with the rest of the world. Through boot-camps, we train multiple cohorts of peacebuilders. We support young Canadians to lead initiatives that transform conflict and effect systemic change. We enable youth to draw on their values, creativity, and power for strategic action through innovation. Hosted by the Global Peace Center Canada (GPCC), in partnership with universities and civil society, and affirmed by UN Security Council Resolution 2250, we help unleash the potential of young people for building peace by providing the the tools and resources they need to make a difference.


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
— Margaret Mead

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