CSDF – National Seminar 2017

The 2017 National Seminar will take place in Port Hope and Cobourg, Ontario from October 10th – 15th, 2017. The CSDF is proud to be celebrating its 51st Seminar this year!

The theme for this year’s Seminar is Electoral Reform in Canada. The first National Seminar took place at Trinity College School in Port Hope in 1967. We are excited to return to Port Hope to celebrate 50 years of the CSDF, which also coincides with the 150th anniversary of Canada. We are extremely grateful for the support that Trinity College School has shown in hosting this very important event. During your stay here, you will experience the hospitality of this beautiful school, and explore the natural beauty of the Gananaska region.

Students are selected for the National Seminar by their provincial debate organizations. If you have any questions about your organization’s selection process, please contact them directly. For questions about the Seminar directly, you should contact seminar@csdf-fcde.ca.  Your provincial organization has been provided the link for the online registration forms, kindly contact them for it.

The National Seminar is able to provide travel funding for its delegates through a grant from the Government of Canada. To claim this funding, delegates will need to fill out the 2017 Travel Claim Form, provided to your provincial organization.

The Travel Claim form for the 2017 National Seminar is located here!  For more information, the 2017 Seminar Invitation has been sent to provincial organizations. Information such as prepared resolutions will be posted when it is available.


As for previous Seminars, the CSDF has secured a grant from the Government of Canada’s Exchanges Canada program which partially, if not fully, will subsidize flight costs for all student delegates, as well as one adult per province or territory. This generous contribution allows many students who could otherwise not attend for financial reasons to participate in the Seminar.