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Conference Info (5)

What happened to the 2022 conference - why was it canceled?
Please note that the Steubenville Toronto conference that was scheduled to take place from July 15-17, 2022 has been canceled. While it was our hope to gather our young people together to celebrate and grow in faith over this weekend, we unfortunately did not have enough registered participants to move forward with the conference this year. If you have any questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office.
What is Steubenville?
Steubenville is more than the name of a conference - it’s a city in Ohio that is home to Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS), a vibrant Catholic college rooted in the Franciscan tradition and dedicated to proclaiming Jesus Christ as “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Franciscan University hosted its first Steubenville Youth Conference in 1976, when 1,000 youth and young adults gathered on the campus in Steubenville, Ohio, for a weekend of prayer, praise, and reflection. In the summer of 2019, more than 50,000 teens participated in 25 different youth conferences across North America – discovering the richness of the Catholic Church and encountering the truth of Jesus Christ in Word and Sacrament.
Where and when is the conference?
Steubenville Toronto will take place on campus at Canada Christian College in Whitby, ON. The conference begins July 15, and will continue until July 17, 2022. Canada Christian College is located at 300 Water Street in Whitby.
Who can attend?
Youth who will be in Grade 9 in September 2022 up to those who will be graduating high school in June of 2022 can attend Steubenville Toronto. Chaperones are required to be at least 21 years of age at the time of the conference. If you have finished high school, and are not yet old enough to be a chaperone, you may still participate as a volunteer. Priests are also very welcome to attend, and we encourage priests to help with the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Who is in charge of organizing it?
Steubenville Toronto is hosted by the Archdiocese of Toronto's Office of Catholic Youth. The Archdiocese partners with Franciscan University in Steubenville to deliver what we intend to be an outstanding experience for all participants.

Registration and Payment (11)

How much does registration cost?
Registration for 2022 is $240 per person (Youth/Chaperone/Leader) for the full conference weekend from Friday, July 15 through to Sunday, July 17. New for 2022, we are offering a single-day pass for the Saturday portion of the conference for July 16 only. The cost for a day pass is $210. Groups must choose between a full conference pass or a Saturday-only pass at the time of registration.
What is included with the full conference registration fee?
The registration fee of $240 covers entrance to the conference from July 15-17, 2022, 5 meals (Friday dinner to Sunday breakfast). Please note that due to Covid-19 concerns, accommodations are not included in the registration fee; however there are a number of hotels within a few minutes drive from the venue. Please also note that in order to keep the registration fee as low as possible for participants, we have eliminated the Sunday boxed lunch to go for this year.
What is included with the Saturday day-pass conference registration fee?
The registration fee of $210 covers entrance to the conference on Saturday, July 16, 2022, and 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). This day-pass is being introduced for 2022 only as a way of accommodating groups that may not yet feel comfortable with a multi-day conference experience. We really strive to serve and minister to as many teens as possible and hope that offering this day-pass might appeal to local groups throughout the GTA.
How do I register?
Group Leaders are responsible for registering all youth and chaperones for their respective group. Registration will only be done online where a group leader will be able to register a "block" of spaces and then attach names of youth/chaperones to those slots later when the information is confirmed. To register, click here.
When does registration open?
Registration will open March 1 at 10am ET. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and with reduced capacity this year due to Covid-19 capacity limitations, we encourage groups to sign up early to avoid disappointment!
Do I need the names of all group members when registering?
No. Understandably, it is very difficult to know exactly the number and names of those who will be attending Steubenville Toronto 2022 when registering your group in March. Thus, when registration opens, a group leader would reserve a block of spaces, pay the required deposit and then update the registration info with names as they are confirmed.
Is a deposit required to secure my group spots?
Yes. For each registration slot reserved, a deposit of $50 per person must be made at registration via credit card. While we traditionally do not offer any refunds for group deposits, we understand that things are very fluid right now due to the pandemic and the constantly changing restrictions. Please contact our office as soon as possible with any questions regarding refunds due to Covid-19 concerns and we will gladly work with you to ensure no group is left paying for people who aren't attending. Any cancellations after the June 1 drop date might be hard to accommodate due to the fact that we have a number of variable costs that we need to pay to our vendors in advance, but we will certainly work with you to try to fill the spot so that you or your group are not hung out to dry. We aim to serve!
When do I need to confirm all details of who is attending with our group?
All information should be finalized by June 22. The deadline to add or drop a spot is June 1. If groups do not have their participant data entered by June 22, they run the risk of forfeiting their spot(s).
Can I add more spots to my group? Or can I drop spots from my group?
Groups can add spots (if available) up until June 1. After this time, we will not be able to accept any new registrants. Groups may drop spots up until June 1.
When is final payment due?
We ask that all balances are paid in full by June 22 at the latest. All payments not made by this date may incur a 10% late fee.
How do we pay for our group members?
Group leaders will be required to provide credit card information when registering the group spots initially. Final payment may be made by cheque or by credit card. Final payment is due by June 22.

Groups (5)

You keep talking about groups. What is a group and why is it important?
All participants must be part of a group to attend Steubenville Toronto. A group could consist of members of a parish youth ministry, a group of altar servers from a parish, a chaplaincy team from a high school, or even a group of friends with parent chaperones. It is important to experience our conference as part of a group because there will be a lot of information to digest throughout the weekend, and it is important to take some time to talk with members of your group to unpack and digest the content of the conference as the weekend progresses. We want our teen participants to get as much out of this conference experience as possible and we believe that attending as part of a group works toward that goal.
What is a group leader and what do they do, exactly?
A group leader is an adult member of the group (over 21 years old) who takes on a leadership role for the group. They are responsible for registering the group and promoting the conference at a parish/school/home level to teens to encourage them to join the group and participate in the conference. The group leader is responsible for overseeing their group for the duration of the conference. They are also responsible for arranging transportation and accommodations, as needed. The group leader will act as the point person for conference organisers to communicate with, and will relay information on to all group members as needed. A group leader is often a youth minister, coordinator of youth ministry, high school chaplain, or a parent leading their children and a group of friends to the conference.
I am not part of a group. Am I able to register as an individual participant?
No. Steubenville Toronto will only register youth who are part of a group with the proper number of chaperones. If you do not presently have a group please contact your parish to see if they are sending a group to Steubenville Toronto. Alternatively, you can check to see if neighbouring parishes are sending young people to the conference. This would be a great opportunity to meet fantastic new people too! If this is not feasible, feel free to consider creating your own group with a small group of friends or classmates, with parents or relatives as chaperones.
Does our group need chaperones in addition to the group leader?
For the safety of the youth and for the good of all involved in Steubenville Toronto, there must be adult chaperones for all youth who register for the event. Chaperones must be at least 21 years of age and must be present with the group at all times during the conference. Chaperones must be trusted and responsible adults. They may also be asked to facilitate group activities and ensure that the young people remain engaged and participate in the conference proceedings. If you have people associated with your group who are finished high school, but not yet 21 years of age, please encourage them to apply to be a volunteer for the conference.

The number of chaperones each group requires depends on the size and makeup of the group. We require a minimum of 1 adult per 10 youth of the same gender. Ratio Example: 20 youth (12 women and 8 men) = three chaperones required: two women and one man. Adult chaperones are expected to stay with their groups at all times during Steubenville Toronto. As such, adult chaperones cannot be shared between the groups. Each group must be able to meet the needs of their youth, given the large attendance numbers of the conference.
Can group leaders, chaperones or volunteers bring infants and children?
Unfortunately not, no. Although we strongly support Catholic family life, our staffing, facility constraints and insurance regulations do not allow us to provide childcare. Plus, the focus of all chaperones, group leaders and volunteers needs to be on the youth participants. If these adults bring their own children, their focus will be split. With the best care of the youth participants in mind, this is not allowed.

Accommodations (5)

Are accommodations included in registration?
Since our conference is no longer taking place at a traditional university campus, we aren’t able to provide dorm-type accommodations as we’ve done in the past. Many other Steubenville Conferences do not have housing included, so we are confident the conference will still be a great blessing for your teens. Keeping accommodations separate from conference registration enables groups to have maximum flexibility. Groups now have the option to commute to the conference each day or to book rooms at one of the hotel blocks with discounted room rates. It is completely up to you how many rooms you book, how many people you assign to each room, and whether you commute or stay nearby. Please be sure to keep in mind all Safe Environment requirements when booking and assigning rooms.
Where should our group stay overnight?
If you are a group from within the GTA, we hope that perhaps there might be an opportunity for your group to commute to the conference. For groups coming from far distances, we have secured a number of group blocks at nearby hotels.
What hotels can our group stay at and how far are they from the venue?
Our planning team has worked hard to secure blocks of discounted rooms at four nearby hotels: The Holiday Inn Express located at 180 Consumers Drive in Whitby is 3km from our conference venue; Residence Inn by Marriott located at 160 Consumers Drive in Whitby is 3km from our conference venue; Quality Suites located at 1700 Champlain Avenue in Whitby is 5.9km from our conference venue. It is our hope that these three hotels offer groups some diversity in terms of cost and that participants will be able to get a good night rest at any of these hotels.
How do groups go about booking rooms as part of the conference block?
Please reach out directly to the hotel of your choice and indicate that you are part of the Steubenville Toronto conference and these hotels will assign you to our room blocks. The Holiday Inn Express telephone number is 905-665-8400; The Residence Inn telephone number is 905-444-9756; The Quality Suites telephone number is 905-432-8800. Please note that these blocked off rooms are reserved on a first come, first served basis and due to high demand during summer months, availability is limited. It is recommended to book these rooms well in advance of the conference.
How will groups get to and from the hotels and the conference venue?
If groups need assistance in arranging transportation, please contact our office at 416-599-7676 and if there is enough demand we will be arranging a shuttle service between the venue and the hotels above. To help us determine the level of need for this, please be sure to contact us after registering your group so that we can plan accordingly and have enough shuttles booked to accommodate everyone in the most efficient way possible.

Volunteering (4)

Do you require volunteers to serve during the conference weekend?
Yes, we depend heavily on the hard work and generosity of volunteers to make Steubenville Toronto a success. Should you wish to apply to become a volunteer, please visit the registration section of the main conference page on or soon after April 25 and follow the process as outlined to fill out the required information. You will be contacted by a Steubenville Toronto team member to notify you if you have been selected. Two references are a requirement of the volunteer application process. Your references can include friends, coworkers and your parish priest. Only one of your two references may be a family member.
Are volunteers required to pay?
In past years we have required volunteers to contribute toward their accommodations for the weekend. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation we are not offering any overnight accommodations for the 2022 conference and therefore we are not charging a fee to volunteer. Our conference relies on hardworking and dedicated volunteers and we promise to feed you well during your weekend of service should you be selected to volunteer!
Do volunteers need to provide references and are they screened?
Volunteers will need to provide contact information for three references when filling out the volunteer application form. Please note that all volunteers need to be screened successfully to be able to serve at the conference. For more information on Archdiocesan volunteer screening in general, feel free to click here. More information on volunteer screening will be made available to volunteers once their applications are received.
Are there overnight accommodations available for volunteers?
Unfortunately due to the change in venue location, we are not offering overnight accommodations for volunteers. We have secured a block of rooms that can be booked by our volunteers at the Hilton Garden Inn in Ajax. To book a stay here, please contact the hotel directly at 905-686-9400.

Clergy and Religious (5)

Can priests attend with a group?
Yes! Priests are a wonderful witness and their presence helps young people grow in their faith and potentially to consider a vocation to the priesthood and religious life. In addition, we are in need of priests to assist in administering the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the weekend of the conference and at other liturgical celebrations. As such, priests are welcome to attend for FREE. We encourage all groups to invite and bring their parish priest(s) with them. Priests will need to fill out the "Clergy Application Form" that will be provided on the Steubenville Toronto website in the near future. Please note that priests are unable to serve as chaperones at Steubenville Toronto. Since priests are going to be helping with confessions and at Mass, they will be unable to be present with the group at all times which is a requirement to be a chaperone. To register, please click here.
Can priests attend without a group?
Yes, absolutely! If you are not attending the conference with a specific parish/group, but still desire to attend the conference and perhaps serve conference participants by administering the Sacrament of Reconciliation and participating in our Masses, we encourage you to fill out the Clergy Application Form to indicate your availability during the conference. We would love to have as many clergy as possible join us for any part of the conference. To register, please click here.
Do priests count as male chaperones for groups?
Unfortunately, priests are unable to serve as chaperones for male youth at Steubenville Toronto. Since priests are going to be helping with confessions and at Mass, they will be unable to be present with the group at all times which is a requirement to be a chaperone.
Can religious sisters attend the conference?
By all means, we would love to have you! On April 25 we will launch a form for you to register and indicate which part(s) of the conference you will be able available to attend. Please feel free to come for the entire weekend, or just a portion of it if that's all that works for your schedule. To register, please click here.
Are there overnight accommodations available for clergy or religious?
We have arranged for accommodations for clergy and religious traveling to our conference from afar. Spaces are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Please indicate that you would like to be contacted regarding accommodations when you register for the conference and someone from our team will be in touch.

Additional and Random Questions (6)

What changes can I expect this year compared to the last conference in 2019?
There will be a number of changes this year, due to a number of different factors. First, we have a new home for 2022, at Canada Christian College in Whitby, ON. Due to the ongoing pandemic, groups will be responsible for their own accommodations at nearby hotels. Groups from within the GTA are encouraged to commute if possible, as the college is within an hour drive from most parishes in the Toronto area. In order to keep the registration fee manageable, we have eliminated the boxed lunch to go on Sunday after Mass. While this might seem like a lot of changes to process in one year, please know that there are many things that won't change: the presence of the Holy Spirit; the presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist; the healing hand of God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation; and of course the overall format and schedule of the conference with which most people are familiar will remain the same.
What's on the menu and what about allergies?
We are currently working on firming up our menu for 2022, but we promise you that you will get fed and it will be delicious! We will update the information here once we confirm our menu selections with our catering provider. We are happy to accommodate special health needs, allergies, and dietary restrictions an individual may have. Please ensure your group leader identifies your special needs in the respective section of the application process. Special instructions will be sent to group leaders as the conference date nears to relay information and instructions to accommodate registrants with special health, allergic and dietary needs. Our caterer feeds people for a living and we have been assured that all needs will be taken care of.
What happens if someone gets injured or becomes ill?
Medical/nursing staff will be on site at Steubenville Toronto at all times to deal with any medical issues in conjunction with group leaders and adult chaperones.
Can I purchase t-shirts and other items?
We will have a large selection of t-shirts and various other items available in the Steubie Marketplace. Often times our ministry team members will bring merchandise to sell in our marketplace as well. T-shirts for groups are the responsibility of each individual group. If you need assistance with creating shirts for your group, please let us know and we will be able to guide you through the process.
What is LEAD?
Franciscan LEAD (LEAD for short) is a dynamic leadership opportunity for teens who are ready to step up to the next level in leadership and evangelization. It is a five day, Christ-centred, sacrament-soaked, prayer-fueled immersion in Catholic teachings on leadership, evangelization, and discipleship inspired by the life and witness of St. Francis of Assisi. Franciscan LEAD takes place on the Monday-Friday leading up to Steubenville Toronto. Youth interested in being a part of LEAD must complete an application found here. The application process will open on February 15. Please note that in order to participate in Franciscan LEAD, you must also register for Steubenville Toronto as you will be called upon to be a positive witness to others during the conference and afterwards. The registration cost for Franciscan LEAD for 2022 is $425.
Can I become a donor, sponsor, or exhibitor for the conference?
Yes, yes and yes! We accept donations that help us deliver the best possible conference experience for our teens. If you are interested in donating to Steubenville Toronto, please contact our office. If you would like to generiously sponsor a teen who would otherwise not be financially able to attend the conference, please contact our office. Finally, we are always looking for groups to take part in our exhibitor area - it is a really great opportunity to highlight your group or organization to a young generation of dedicated Catholics. Please contact our office for details on all sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. Our event coordinator, Courtney, would be more than willing to work with you on this. Feel free to contact her at 416-599-7676 or by email here.

Covid-19 Protocols and Considerations (5)

How will Covid-19 impact the conference?
As always, the health and well-being of all in attendance are paramount. Our conference will follow all directives as set out by the Durham Region Health Department found here. We will also be closely following all Archdiocese of Toronto WorshipSafe guidelines which can be found here.
Will participants be required to wear masks?
If a masking mandate is in effect by local or provincial health authorities at the time of the conference, we will require participants to wear masks. If there is no mask mandate in place at the time of our conference, we will not require participants to wear masks. Of course if any participant would still like to wear a mask, they will be more than welcome to do so.
Will participants be required to practice physical distancing?
If a physical distancing mandate is in effect by local or provincial health authorities at the time of the conference, we will require participants to remain distanced. If there is no distancing mandate in place at the time of our conference, we will not require participants to be distanced. We want all of our participants to be comfortable and remain healthy at our conference and will gladly work with participants to make sure they have ample personal space at all times. Fortunately the auditorium is very large, has a very modern HVAC system installed and we will be staying well below the required capacity limits in order to maximize the amount of space and distance between participants.
Will participants be eating meals in close quarters?
Absolutely not! Our venue is right next to a large amount of parkland and weather permitting, our participants will be encouraged to spread out and eat outdoors. In case of poor weather conditions including extreme heat and/or rain, we have plans in place to use all conference space, as well as various other areas of the college so that participants can be very well distanced while eating.
I'm still uncomfortable or have additional questions. Who can I ask?
Please feel free to reach out to our office at 416-599-7676 and we will answer any concerns you may have regarding safety at our conference. We have been working hard behind the scenes to plan the conference with safety in mind and really hope that all participants will feel safe and comfortable at all times during the weekend.