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As educators, your role is more crucial than ever in showing the relevance of our parliamentary and democratic institutions to students – the voters of tomorrow.

Elections Canada offers elementary, secondary and ESL teachers free educational resources, tools, activities, information and links, all designed to make your work a little easier.

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Educational Products – Elementary level

Choosing  Our Mascot

Choosing Our Mascot

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Have your students choose a classroom mascot. The kit includes instructions on how to conduct a mock election, activity booklets and election materials.

Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 4
Description: Election simulation kit

My Country,  My Democracy

My Country, My Democracy

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Divided into three levels of difficulty, this toolkit offers a variety of activities and interactive learning ideas to allow students to increase their knowledge of the wider Canadian community and their understanding of Canadian citizenship.

Audience: Kindergarten to Grade 4
Description: Interactive learning activities guide

Canada at the Polls!

Canada at the Polls!

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Want your students to experience the democratic process? Running a student council election? This kit contains a step-by-step guide and materials for electing a student council or conducting an election simulation, including tally sheets, ballot box, voting screen and more.

Audience: Grades 5 to 8
Description: Election simulation kit and student council election guide

Voting Rules!

Voting Rules!

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Developed in partnership with Elections Ontario, Voting Rules! is a civic education program that teaches students about democracy, voting, elections, government and active citizenship through experiential lessons in an engaging graphic-novel format.

Audience: Ontario Grade 5 (or elementary-level Social Studies across Canada)
Description: Civic education program

Canada's Democracy Week

Democracy Week Lesson Plan – Democracy: Made By You

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Developed for Canada's Democracy Week (mid-September), this lesson plan can also serve as an introductory lesson on the concept of democracy and active citizenship for your civics and social studies classes. Through activity and project-based learning, students will explore Canadian democracy by looking at their own rights and responsibilities in their everyday lives.

Audience: Grades 5-6
Description: Lesson plan

Educational Products - Secondary level

Canada at the Polls!

Canada at the Polls!

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Election simulation kit and student council election guide.

Want your students to experience the democratic process? Running a student council election? This kit contains a step-by-step guide and materials for electing a student council or conducting an election simulation, including tally sheets, ballot box, voting screen and more.

Audience: Grades 9 to 12
Description: Election simulation kit and student council election guide

Voting Rules!

Voting Rules!

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Developed in partnership with Elections Ontario, Voting Rules! is a civic education program that teaches students about democracy, voting, elections, government and active citizenship through experiential lessons in an engaging graphic-novel format.

Audience: Ontario Grade 10 (or secondary-level Civics/Social Studies across Canada)
Description: Civic education program

Canada's Democracy Week

Democracy Week Lesson Plan – Democracy: Around the World

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Developed for Canada's Democracy Week (mid-September), this lesson plan can also serve as an introductory lesson on the concept of democracy and active citizenship for your civics and politics classes. Through activity and project-based learning, students will explore Canadian democracy by comparing our system of democratic representation with that of other countries.

Audience: Grades 9-12
Description: Lesson Plan

Educational Products - ESL, Low Literacy

I Can Vote!

I Can Vote!

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I Can Vote! takes the mystery out of voting and shows that voting is all about choice. It is intended for literacy classes and the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program, but it can be used for any audience as a plain-language introduction to the electoral system and government in Canada.

Audience: All levels, ESL, low literacy
Description: Teaching resource

Educational Resources

A History of the Vote in Canada

A History of the Vote in Canada

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This 150-page, full-colour book is a great background resource for any teacher. It recounts how Canadians acquired the right to vote and how they overcame obstacles to exercising this right.

Audience: Teachers and secondary school students
Description: Background resource

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The Electoral System of Canada

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Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at Elections Canada? The Electoral System of Canada explains how Canadian elections are run and describes key aspects of the federal electoral process.

Audience: Teachers and secondary school students
Description: Background resource

Maps Corner

Maps Corner

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Searching for a visual way to explain how federal elections take place? Check out the Maps Corner to find provincial and territorial maps showing federal electoral boundaries and voting results from past elections.

Audience: All grades
Description: Maps of Canada's provincial and territorial electoral districts and regions

Classroom Posters

Classroom Posters

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Elections Canada offers two informational posters for the classroom: the Voting Rules! Democracy in Canada and Vox Populi – The Evolution of Electoral Democracy in Canada.

Audience: All grades
Description: Background resources for educators and students

Inspire Democracy

Inspire Democracy

Inspire Democracy is an Elections Canada initiative where you can find research and share information on how to encourage youth civic engagement in Canada. Research is available on a variety of youth engagement–related topics.

Audience: Educators
Description: Research for educators and students

Annual Initiatives

Canada's Democracy Week

Canada's Democracy Week

A great way to kick off your civics or social studies class in September!
Canada's Democracy Week is an Elections Canada civic education initiative that engages youth and teachers in hands-on learning activities. It builds on the United Nations' International Day of Democracy (September 15) to celebrate and raise awareness of democracy and civic engagement.

Audience: Upper Elementary and Secondary

Elections Canada Partner

Encounters with Canada

Every week of the school year, 120 to 148  Canadians aged 14 to 17 visit Ottawa to learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career options and develop their civic leadership skills.

For more information or to apply, visit www.ewc-rdc.ca or call 1-800-361-0419.

Forum for Young Canadians

Forum for Young Canadians

Each one-week session gives 125 students (aged 15 to 19) from across Canada a bilingual, behind-the-scenes introduction to Parliament Hill. Forum for Young Canadians enables youth to delve deeper into Canadian politics and public affairs and see what running the country looks like up close.

To apply, go to www.forum.ca or call 613-233-4086.

Rotary Adventure in Citizenship

Each year for four days, 220 Canadian youth aged 16 to 18 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.

For more information or to apply, contact the Rotary Club of Ottawa by phone at 613-860-1521 or e-mail at admin@rotaryottawa.com.

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