About US

What We Do

The Canadian Student Leadership Association is a federally registered charity in Canada. CSLA was originally founded in 1983 in order to support the continuation of our main event, the Canadian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC), but has since grown, and now distributes leadership resources, materials, scholarships, and organizes programs and events for its member schools across the country.


Our vision is to build a strong community of secondary school students across the country who, inspired by their student leadership experiences, are actively engaged in their schools and communities and contributing to the betterment of society.


To support and encourage student leadership in Canada by:

  • Enabling students to participate in national student leadership events and programs, including an annual national leadership conference.
  • Training secondary school educators to help guide student leaders in a variety of meaningful activities.
  • Creating and distributing timely and superior resources for students and educators to foster the development of student leadership.
  • Supporting and promoting other student leadership organizations, events, or programs.