Minimum age for Canadian participants in 2019 World Youth Day

Thursday, August 03 2017

Logo WYD 2019-webIn preparation for World Youth Day (WYD) 2019, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) wishes to remind WYD organizers that the recommended minimum age for Canadian youth participants in the Panama event is 18 years old, as was established for previous WYD celebrations in recent years. This decision follows a resolution that had been adopted by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) in Spring 2014, supported by the CCCB Executive Committee, and recommended by the CCCB Permanent Council to Canadian dioceses and eparchies. The minimum age of 18 is to assist diocesan and eparchial delegations and other groups in ensuring the supervision and safety of youth participants. The 2019 WYD will be celebrated in Panama, 22 to 27 January 2019, on the theme “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:30). As announced in February 2017, the CCCB has appointed Ms. Isabel Correa, Director of Youth Ministry at the Archdiocese of Montreal, as the National Coordinator for the Canadian delegation participating in WYD 2019.

In the coming weeks there will be a special website available for the coordination of the Canadian delegation. The preparations can already be followed using social platforms such as Twitter (@wydcanada) and Facebook. The official website of the central Organizing Committee in Panama is available in Spanish with English translations at Groups are expected to be able to register shortly. Isabel Correa can be contacted by email at

General Secretariat
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops