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Student Vote

Bring the 2015 federal election to your classroom. Student Vote is a parallel election for students under the voting age, coinciding with official election periods. The program combines in-class learning, family dialogue, media consumption and an authentic voting experience. Approximately 560,000 students in over 3,800 schools participated in the Student Vote program during the 2011 federal election.

Programs for teachers

Elections Canada works with a variety of organizations that deliver amazing training and learning experiences to teachers of social studies, civics, politics and citizenship.

Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy

Coordinated by the Library of Parliament and supported by the Speakers of both the Senate and the House of Commons, the Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy is a unique professional development opportunity for teachers of governance and citizenship education. Each year, the program brings together approximately 85 educators from across the country for an intensive, informative and unforgettable week at Parliament.

Programs for students

Elections Canada works with a variety of civic education and youth civic engagement organizations to give elementary and high school students access to participatory and experiential programming inside and outside the classroom.

National Democracy WeekNational Democracy Challenge

The National Democracy Challenge

The National Democracy Challenge invites Canadians aged 14 to 17 to submit a video, image or piece of writing answering the challenge question. Contestants win great prizes for the best submissions in each category. The school with the most entries wins the School Challenge.

  • Inside and outside the classroom
  • High school students aged 14 to 17
  • Submissions accepted as of mid-August 2015

Rep Day

Rep Day is a nationwide civic education initiative that connects elected representatives with high school students for a dialogue on current political issues. Rep Day aims to break down the stereotypes that young people have of politicians and the political process. It helps students develop a better understanding of and a sense of trust in the people and institutions within our democracy.

  • Inside the classroom
  • High school students
  • Contact CIVIX directly for more information

Forum for Young Canadians

Each one-week session gives 120 Canadian high school students a behind-the-scenes look at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the chance to enhance their knowledge of Canadian politics and public affairs, and an up-close look at running the country.

  • Outside the classroom
  • High school students aged 15 to 19
  • Application deadlines apply
Encounters with Canada

Encounters with Canada

Every week of the school year, 120 to 148 high school students visit Ottawa to learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career options and develop their civic leadership skills.

  • Outside the classroom
  • High school students aged 14 to 17
  • Application deadlines apply
University of Ottawa

Be the Change!

Teacher candidates from the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Education conceive, develop and deliver engaging and experiential modules on democratic citizenship at nine Encounters with Canada sessions. Participating youth increase their awareness, understanding of and interest in civic and community responsibility, action and engagement. They leave with an action plan that they can implement in their school or community. 

  • Outside the classroom
  • High school students aged 14 to 17
Rotary Canada

Rotary Adventure in Citizenship

Each year for four days, 220 Canadian youth meet in the nation's capital. Through meetings with political leaders, senior executives and others, they discover up close the inner workings of our democratic institutions and develop their civic leadership potential.

  • Outside the classroom
  • High school students aged 16 to 18
  • Application deadlines apply

Keystone

The Youth, Democracy and Engagement module of the flagship Keystone program gets youth to experiment with participating in the political system. They become more aware of and involved in the issues of citizenship and democracy in their club and community.

  • Outside the classroom
  • High school students
  • Contact your local Boys and Girls Club for details