Additional Resources

Canada's Electoral Bodies: Information and Educational Resources

Apathy is Boring

Apathy is Boring is a national youth-led charitable organization that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy. It offers an array of educational resources and programming tailored to young people about how they can become active citizens, as well as tools for decision-makers about how to engage youth.

Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians

  • Schools Program
    School teachers across Canada are welcome to invite former parliamentarians to attend their classes and explain various aspects of parliamentary democracy, the role of elections and serving as a member of Parliament. They also work with other NGOs to maximize the understanding of parliamentary democracy among young Canadians.
  • Parliament to Campus
    The Parliament to Campus program enables former members of Parliament to connect with university and college students and teachers. This can benefit students taking courses in political science, law, history, journalism, economics and public administration.

Canadian Citizenship Challenge

Test your national knowledge with the Canadian Citizenship Challenge to win great prizes like an all-expenses-paid trip to Ottawa! Students take the quiz online themselves. Teachers register their classes online and receive everything they need to help their students discover Canada, including bilingual learning tools!

Canadian Teachers' Federation – Imagineaction

Imagineaction is a student-driven social action initiative designed to develop the individual responsibility necessary for the development of socially just citizenship through engagement with our communities.

City for all Women Initiative

CAWI offers a range of tools for women to have their voice heard at City Hall and influence organizational diversity and inclusion. Check out the new Making Votes Count Where We Live resource, which provides strategies for residents, community partners and governments to increase voter turnout and long-term civic engagement.

City of Toronto – Student Connect Program

A program created to connect students with their communities and provide youth with an opportunity to participate in the democratic process by working in a voting place on election day.

City of Toronto Election Services – Education

Guides and teaching resources on elections and local government for teachers and students of all ages.

CIVIX

CIVIX is a national charitable organization whose mission is to grow young Canadians into engaged, committed and active citizens. CIVIX provides experiential learning opportunities to help young Canadians practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens.

  • Student Vote
    The Student Vote Program is a parallel election for elementary and high school students, coinciding with official election periods. The program combines in-class learning, family dialogue, media consumption and an authentic voting experience. After the vote, the Student Vote results are shared with media for broadcast and publication. Since 2003, more than 3 million students have participated in 19 Student Vote elections.
  • Student Budget Consultation
    The Student Budget Consultation is a financial literacy and civic education program. Through in class activities and online tutorials, students learn about government revenues and expenditures, and dialogue about important issues facing the country. In the culminating activity, students participate in an online consultation that sees them advise the government on the upcoming budget.
  • 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 and develop a better understanding of and sense of trust in the people and institutions within our democracy. 

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (2013) – Find Your Voice

A detailed toolkit with a facilitator's guide and teaching modules on engaging Aboriginal youth in politics and civic life.

Encounters with Canada

Encounters with Canada is our country's largest and foremost youth forum! Every week of the school year, 120 to 148 teens from across Canada (ages 14 to 17) come to Ottawa. Here they discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career options, develop their civic leadership skills and live an extraordinary bilingual experience.

Forum jeunesse du Centre-du-Québec – Guide de l'engagement : tant de façons de prendre sa place! (in French only)

A guide on how young people can become involved in causes they care about. It includes a complete list of civic engagement organizations in Montréal.

Forum for Young Canadians

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

Historica Canada

Historica offers dozens of lesson plans on Canadian history and Canadian citizenship and several programs of interest such as:

  • Canadian Citizenship Challenge
    Test your national knowledge with the Canadian Citizenship Challenge to win great prizes like an all-expenses-paid trip to Ottawa! Students take the quiz online themselves. Teachers register their classes online and receive everything they need to help their students discover Canada, including bilingual learning tools!

Justice Education Society of British Columbia – Youth City

A resource for youth to find out how to be involved in their city, hear about upcoming community events and learn about city governance. The website also has a resource page where people can learn about youth civic participation, representation in government, and the political system.

Model UN in Canada

A Model United Nations (MUN) is an activity that simulates the activities of the United Nations. It is a form of experiential education that aims to raise awareness about current global issues, the benefits of co-operation and the functions and structure of the UN. By participating in a UNA-Canada Model UN – or Model International Joint Commission or Model Arctic Council – you will build skills of research, public speaking and debating, diplomacy and international relations, and you will make friends from across the country and around the world.

Parliament of Canada

  • Parliament of Canada Educational Resources
    Visit the Education section for information about professional development opportunities, school tours, online resources and class sets.
  • Explore Our Country Our Parliament
    Based on the popular publication Our Country, Our Parliament, the site uses games, videos and interactive media to encourage youth to discover the democratic process and connect to the Parliament of Canada.
  • Youth Connection
    The Youth Connection is a great place to learn about youth employment opportunities, get information for school projects and check out videos and photos of Parliament. Visit the Youth Connection YouTube channel
  • How Canadians Govern Themselves
    This web resource for youth uses interactive games, videos, images, puzzles and quizzes to explain Canada's system of government and how Parliament works.

Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program

The Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program brings 200 outstanding senior high school students from across Canada to the nation's capital, where they spend four days participating in a program designed to develop their potential as leaders in their communities and in Canadian society. Through meetings with political leaders, senior officials and others, students get an inside view of how our democratic institutions work.

Samara

Samara is a charitable organization that works to improve political and civic engagement in Canada. Its research and educational programming focuses on three interconnected areas: political leadership, the participation of citizens in public life, and public affairs journalism. It offers an array of resources for teachers, university professors and undergraduate students to help teach young people about how they can engage meaningfully with democracy. Samara is also responsible for Democracy Talks, a public outreach program that brings forward Canadians' views on politics and their own place in public life.

Springtide Collective – Three Minute Citizen

Springtide has created 10 short videos explaining democracy in Canada. Great for students and anyone else who wants to know how democracy works.

TakingITGlobal – Connect, Contribute, Collaborate, Change: Online Volunteering in Action

A guide providing young people with the tools and knowledge they need to engage online.

United Nations Association in Canada

The United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) is a national charitable organization, 65 years old. Its mandate is to educate and engage Canadians in the work of the UN and the critical international issues that affect us all. UNA-Canada grows global citizens for a globalized world.

YWCA (2012) – Change the World (by Having Fun): A Youth Civic Engagement Toolkit

A step-by-step guide on how to empower young women so that they have the tools and skills to engage.

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