About the program
Destination Clic is a three-week summer French-enrichment bursary program for Grade 8 and Grade 9 students who attend French-as-a-first-language school and are citizens or permanent residents of Canada living outside of Quebec. The program involves classes organized according to the skill sets of the participants, as well as activities, workshops, and local excursions. All activities will nurture the students’ French-language skills and encourage them to learn about different francophone communities in Canada. A language pre-test will be administered either on-line before participants begin the program, or at the beginning of the program, to determine their proficiency level and assign them to the right group.
Destination Clic has been in existence since 1977, when it was originally called the Programme de bourses d’été pour francophones hors Québec (PBEFHQ). Its name was changed to Destination Clic in 2004. The program is administered by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, (CMEC), and the provinces and territories, and it is funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The program exists to offer enrichment and networking opportunities for francophone youth who live in places where their language is in the minority; it affords them a unique personal-development opportunity while giving them a taste of life on a university campus. One of the greatest advantages of the program is that each location offers a program of classes and activities to match your child’s interests. Destination Clic could be the first of many opportunities to enhance your child’s language skills. Further opportunities are provided by the Explore and Odyssey programs.
Rules, what to bring, course materials
Participants must arrive at the host location at the pre-arranged start date and cannot leave before the end of the program. Participation in all classes and activities is mandatory. Each program guarantees at least 45 hours of in-class activities, as well as extracurricular sociocultural and athletic activities, and participants’ full participation is expected. Because of this, participants cannot leave the campus in order visit friends or family in the area, as it may impact their participation in the program.
As well, each host institution has a policy about the use of the target language. This means that participants are encouraged to speak French, with the specific rules for each institution to be relayed to participants along with their registration and acceptance documents.
It is recommended that participants bring a French dictionary, as well as pens, pencils, paper, and a binder for classroom use. Any other course materials will be provided by the host institution. If other materials are required, the host institution will inform participants when it sends them their registration and acceptance documents.
If for any reason the institution needs to send a child back home before the end of the program, the parent or guardian must make arrangements to pick up their child at the institution’s request.
Accommodation and security
Every Destination Clic program takes place on a Canadian university campus, each of which has been chosen for its high-quality programming and its relationship with one of Canada’s distinct francophone communities.
Participants in Destination Clic are required to stay on-campus in a dormitory-style room or a university apartment. Boys and girls sleep on separate floors. Bilingual monitors work with students around the clock, and are with them at all times during activities and outings. The university campuses are regularly patrolled by professional security guards, and there are security guards assigned to each residence. In emergency situations, participants can alert their monitors or the institution’s security staff. Institutions have arrangements with local hospitals should participants require medical care.
Each campus has a curfew that participants are required to respect, and each institution has safety and security rules that will be communicated to each participant at the time of registration. The Destination Clic program recognizes that, for many participants, this may be their first time away from home for an extended period. In order to have the best possible experience, each location has a support team to help participants feel safe and comfortable and get the most out of the Destination Clic program.
To ensure the privacy of program participants, we cannot share the names or arrival information of other participants at any given location.
Parents will be given the telephone numbers of program staff, who will be available at all times, including weekends. Participants are also given a number to call in case of emergency.
If your child has special needs of any sort, please notify the institution when you submit the registration package (after he or she has been offered a bursary). Food allergies can be accommodated with advance notice.
Travel chaperones are there to ensure that participants travel safely. Parents and participants will receive a form to fill out specifying when and how participants’ will be travelling to the host institution. The information you must provide includes:
- date and time of arrival;
- name and location (city/town) of airport, train/bus station, etc.;
- flight number, if applicable;
- airline, if applicable;
- telephone number(s) where parents can be contacted at any time;
- parents’ signed authorization to the airline to release information to program staff.
Travel chaperones meet students at the airport, train, or bus station and arrange arrival logistics and shuttle service if and as required. They will identify themselves to participants with official documentation. At the end of the program, they accompany students to their departure location and ensure that their luggage is checked and they understand the information on their boarding pass. The chaperones remain with the students until they have passed through security or taken their seat on the train or bus.
The Destination Clic bursary is worth $2,000 and is paid directly to the institution in the name of the bursary recipient. It counts as taxable income, for which you will receive an income tax receipt from the host institution. For more information about the bursary and other program costs, including registration fee, refundable room deposit, travel costs, and other related expenses, click here.
Bursaries are awarded using a randomized, computer-generated draw, ensuring that all applicants who meet the eligibility criteria have an equal chance of receiving a bursary. Priority is given to first-time applicants. If your child does not win the bursary the first year he or she applies, he or she is welcome to apply again the following year as long as all the eligibility criteria are met at that time.
It’s not possible to guarantee that two applicants (i.e., siblings, friends, etc.) who apply to the program at the same location will both win a bursary. Furthermore, once a bursary has been awarded, it cannot be exchanged for a bursary to a different location. Bursaries can only be accepted or refused, meaning that when your child applies, it is very important to prioritize the locations he or she would like to attend when making his or her selection on the application.