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Get your program in front of gap year students who are ready to experience the real world.

We connect your organization to a highly targeted and annually renewing audience of young adults, families and educators across Canada.

You know the value of experiential learning for young adults. And hey, so do we!

That’s why we partner with organizations like yours who offer transformative and purposeful experiences and training across Canada and around the world for young people looking to do something different. Together, we support students in deepening their cultural awareness, self-awareness, thirst for adventure and the development of new skills.

 

As a CanGap partner, you’re not just introduced to our growing community of students and families, you’re also invited to share your knowledge, give potential participants a taste of your programming, and support the gap year movement through our virtual and in-person events, awareness resources, and virtual experiences.

Our students and families ask our team daily what program is the best option for their upcoming gap year. If we don’t know about you, neither will they!

Our Reach Across Canada

*Based on students, young adults, families and educators across Canada from 2022/23 school year

260K+

YOUTUBE VIEWS

11K+

PODCAST DOWNLOADS

125K+

WEBSITE TRAFFIC

6K+

PARTNER DATABASE (PROGRAMS PAGE)

19K+

EVENT IMPRESSIONS

6K+

EMAIL LIST

Our partner onboarding process

Step One

Complete our Partner Interest Form so we can get to know you, your values, your vision and your mission.

Step Two

If we’re a match, you’re in! Choose between our basic and our maximum reach marketing packages.

Step Three

Set-it-and-forget-it. After sending your marketing assets, we do the work for you throughout the year, funneling hot leads your way.

How we support your brand visibility

Basic Reach

$750 +HST per school year

Digital Marketing

  • Program Partner database listing

  • Posting on CanGap social accounts (1x/year)

  • Marketing video included in partner playlist on YouTube Channel (up to one minute)

Networking Opportunities

  • Quarterly Gap Year Brunch invitation: our virtual networking event for connecting with partners, sharing industry insights, upcoming opportunities and more

Maximum Reach

$1400 +HST per school year

Everything in basic, plus:

  • Posting on CanGap social accounts (2x/year)

  • Feature episode on The Gap Year Podcast + YouTube recap video

  • Included in targeted email sequences following results from our Travel and Program quizzes (brings in over 300 leads/year)

Gap Year Kit

(physical kit of resources mailed to schools across Canada)

  • Half page ad in toolkit booklet

Educator & Guidance Counselor Booklet

(PDF resource emailed to educators and guidance counselors across Canada)

  • Half page ad  

Website Promotion

  • Landing page (accessible from our program database) with inclusion of marketing video embed (up to one minute) and direct CTA button

In-person events (Expos and Launch)

  • Table with 2 representatives

  • 30-second speaking opportunity or video played

  • Promotional postcard

Virtual Events

  • Host a workshop (Launch - once a year, Expos - 4 per year)

CanGap partners are also required to complete 2-hours of Anti-Oppression training as part of our larger community goal of creating a more diverse and inclusive gap year movement.

CanGap also offers an Anti-Oppression micro-certification showcasing your commitment to social, racial, and political justice, and leading as an ally alongside diverse youth, families and educators across Canada. To obtain the certification, it is required to have a CanGap facilitated Anti-Oppression workshop for your team at an additional cost. Our team will follow-up with you in regards to how you'd like take action in your anti-oppression work following your partnership agreement.

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Marissa Ireland

Katimavik

3+ year partner

“CanGap provides an extra push in our goal to create a national awareness of Katimavik’s programs for young adults. We see CanGap as a valuable resource in that it is one of the go-to guides for young folks looking for opportunities during their gap year.”​

Barbara Baird

Official Languages Programs

3+ year partner

“The benefits go beyond what's being paid for. We're reaching students who wouldn't be at career fairs or post-secondary institutions which is normally where we recruit.”

  • I need a better understanding of what a gap year is.
    A gap year is an intentional period of time spent away from formal education for a young person to get “real world” experience and understand who they are outside of a classroom. A gap year can be taken right after high school or in-between post-secondary studies. Watch this quick 2-minute video OR listen in to this episode of The Gap Year Podcast. We also recommend getting a first hand experience of CanGap and how we work (and why!) at one of our upcoming virtual or in-person events. Our Gap Year Expo is a gapper favorite with the opportunity to hear from our gap year expert team, program partners, and connect with other students considering a gap year. Expos run virtually and in-person in Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. Register for an upcoming event at this link here.
  • I need help understanding how to support my teen.
    The CanGap Parent Corner is a safe, non-judgemental community of parents who don’t have “it all figured out” but want to find the best way to support their kid in transitioning from a teenager into a happy, healthy & successful young adult (that moves out of your house). Some days it’s an extra coffee (or a glass of wine), some days it’s a shoulder to cry on, while others it is gathering more information and resources – we all need support in this journey. Learn more and join us in Heartbeat.
  • I’m looking for gap year programs that will support my teen
    Our Program Database helps you filter exactly what your teen is looking for based on their interests, length of program, and even destination (including virtual opportunities). Plus, every program on the list has been personally vetted by our team! Click here to start a personalized search with your teen.
  • I’m struggling to support my kid with their next steps.
    Every young adult’s experience will be different, which is why there are many valid reasons for one to take a gap year. Reasons can include to earn money for their tuition, to focus on their mental health, to learn employable skills, and even build community. To get a clear sense on what your teen is experiencing and how to best support them, we recommend booking a call with one of our gap year experts to help with identifying needs and presenting solutions. Book a FREE 30-minute consultation here.
  • My teen is neurodivergent and I am unsure which programs or resources are best suited for their needs.
    Sometimes it takes seeing themselves in another lead to feel inspired and motivated to take action on their gap year. To learn more about programming options that suit their needs and to connect your gapper with a neurodivergent coach, click here to book a call.
  • How does taking a gap year impact my kid’s post-secondary education?
    Check out this episode of The Gap Year Podcast where Michelle dives into this question for you!
  • I am worried my teen will feel isolated when their friends leave.
    CanGap’s gapper community continues to grow every year for this very reason: building community outside of a classroom is challenging. Through our programs and events, gappers get connected to like-minded new friends, starting with our Gap Year Launch event that kicks off their year ahead every September. Learn more and register here (or view our other upcoming events post-September here).
  • My kid has zero motivation - how can I make sure they don't waste their time?
    It’s important your soon-to-be grad gets clear on their interests and values so they can make the most of their time, instead of either getting stuck in decision paralysis OR an empty list of things they can do with their time. So, here’s a few ways you can help motivate them: Engage them in our free downloads: our intentionally designed tools helps gappers get clear on the possibilities and activities available to them during their gap year. This is also a great opportunity to sit down with them and engage them in conversation around building goals for their year ahead. Book a 1:1 call with an in-house gap year expert: sometimes having access to a trusted adult who is NOT mom or dad can be helpful for getting them out of a slump and excited about the possibilities. Invite them to Gapper Connect: often the lack of motivation is fueled by not having any friends to do things with (especially if their high school friends are off at university)! Our Gapper Connect Discord is a virtual community of over 500 gap year students, alums, and soon-to-be high school grads connecting on all things gap years - and finding new buddies for accountability, taking up new hobbies, and even making travel plans!
  • HELP! I don’t know where to start.
    Let’s chat. Our team offers free 30-minute consultation calls to support families in navigating the nuances of a gap year based on your teen’s unique needs. To book a call, click here.

Get noticed among a highly targeted and yearly renewing audience of young adults (ages 17 - 30), families, and educators across Canada.

 

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