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Coinciding with general elections, students under the voting age learn about government and the electoral process, research the parties and platforms, discuss relevant issues and cast ballots for their official election candidates. Participating schools receive free pedagogical materials along with posters and election supplies to create an authentic voting experience. The program provides young Canadians with an opportunity to experience the voting process first-hand and practice the habits of informed and engaged citizenship. studentvote.ca
The Student Budget Consultation program provides youth with an opportunity to learn about the government’s revenues and expenditures, discuss important political issues and suggested policies and offer their insights on the priorities of the upcoming budget. Student opinions are collected through a survey and results are shared with the Department or Ministry of Finance. budgetconsultation.ca
Rep Day is a nationwide civic education initiative that connects elected representatives with high school students to encourage dialogue on current political issues. Rep Day aims to break down negative stereotypes that young people have of politicians and the political process and for students to develop a better understanding of and sense of trust in the people and institutions within our democracy. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to register your classroom, and we would be happy to work towards organizing a visit from your MP!
Democracy Bootcamp is a professional development conference for teachers designed to improve their democratic engagement and delivery of CIVIX programming. By sharing an insider’s look at campaigns, exploring research and trends, and introducing new tools for citizenship, Democracy Bootcamp enhances teachers’ capacity and commitment to civic education.