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Discover Year has two primary locations: Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario. However, we have also had students join us from across Canada and around the world through our fully remote option, so you can participate in a meaningful Discover Year no matter where you live!


Ottawa, Ontario



Toronto, Ontario



Remote from anywhere


We host a one-week orientation period in Ottawa, Ontario in early September to kick-off Discover Year. All students, no matter where they are completing their Discover Year, are encouraged to come to Ottawa for the week to bond with other students and build meaningful connections to set them up for even greater success throughout their Discover Year.

In-person and remote programming

We use a blended learning model that involves both in-person and online learning so all Discover Year students can connect, learn and grow together—no matter where they’re located. 

Here’s an example of what a typical Discovery Day looks like for our students, depending on where they live:

Morning (online)

Morning sessions are delivered online so that all students have the opportunity connect with one another, no matter what city they’re living in.

These sessions are devoted to virtual hands-on learning, including facilitated skills workshops, career panels, small group discussions, group coaching, and more.

Afternoon (in-person)

Afternoon sessions are delivered in-person in both Ottawa and Toronto. Students will join the session in whichever city they are living in.

These sessions are dedicated to experiential activities such as post-secondary campus tours, visits to corporate offices and headquarters, museum tours, cultural and community activities, team-building exercises, and more.

*For students who are completing their Discover Year entirely remotely, they will have the support of our staff to plan meaningful experiential activities in their home city that are similar to the activities being held in Ottawa and Toronto.  

International Students

Are you living outside of Canada and interested in moving to Ottawa or Toronto to pursue a Discover Year? Explore our International Student FAQs or book a call with our Program Manager, Julia, to learn about your options!

“People around me are already noticing my growth, especially in my confidence. In high school, I was always concerned about what people thought of me. Now that I’m in a psychologically safe environment at Discover Year, I’m able to enjoy my time with others and have fun. I’m myself now.”

Arianne Nantel

Discover Year Graduate

“Discover year is a real community where you learn and progress in self discovery. I learned important skills that are important in personal and professional relationships. I believe the program allowed me to really begin to understand myself. I think this program is amazing.”

Jake McLean

Discover Year Graduate

“Discover Year creates an environment like no other. It feels safe, supportive and always friendly. It feels good to be my true, authentic self in a space where everyone else feels the same way.” 

Grace Lemon

Discover Year Graduate