Teaching democracy across Canada
Students learn about democracy in classrooms from coast to coast to coast.
This interactive map highlights one teaching resource from each province and territory. It provides a snapshot of civic and citizenship education tools, programs and activities across the country. Click a province or territory on the map below to start exploring.
Note: Links are to third-party sources; some resources are available in English or French only.
Building Future Voters is an inquiry-based educational program from Elections Alberta, designed to support the grades 6, 9 and 12 programs of study in Alberta. It helps students and teachers engage in learning about democracy and civics. (in English and French)
Your Voice Matters is a comprehensive, curriculum-based educational program for grades 5 to 8. Developed in partnership by Elections Saskatchewan and the Diefenbaker Canada Centre, it includes four teaching modules, videos, resources for mock elections, and in-class presentations. (in English)
Through the Your Power to Choose education guide and in-class workshops, students learn about the history of Manitoba elections from the perspectives of a voter, a candidate and an election worker. Developed by Elections Manitoba in partnership with educators, the program links to Manitoba’s grades 6, 9 and 11 curriculums. (in English and French)
Voting Rules! is a civic education program for grades 5 and 10 teachers in Ontario. This program from Elections Ontario (created in collaboration with Elections Canada) features lesson plans, activities and information on democracy, elections and voting. (in English and French)
Vox Populi: Ta démocratie à l’école! provides resources, training and support for student councils at the elementary and secondary levels. Offered by the Directeur général des élections du Québec in partnership with the Assemblée nationale du Québec and the Fondation Jean-Charles-Bonenfant, the program teaches students about democracy through their own elected student councils. (in French)
Elections New Brunswick offers an online Teacher’s Toolkit. Its classroom resources include trivia on New Brunswick elections, a glossary of election terms, a demonstration ballot, and a How to Vote poster. (in English and French)
Prince Edward Island
The Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island offers class tours. Students visit Province House, view a sitting of the Assembly (if in session), see the Legislative Assembly Chamber, and watch a video about the meetings that led to Canadian Confederation. (in English)
Elections Nova Scotia offers educational resources with a focus on the province’s role in the development of democracy in Canada. It includes materials such as a replica newspaper from the mid-19th century and activities such as puzzles and quizzes. (in English)
Newfoundland and Labrador
The Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly’s Speaker’s Outreach Program takes access to the House out across the province. The program, designed for students in junior and senior high, promotes awareness and understanding of the democratic process. (in English)
The Yukon Legislative Assembly provides online information sheets about the Assembly that teachers can use in the classroom. Topics include the Speaker, the Mace, and the role of a member of the Legislative Assembly. (in English and French)
The Mace Tour from the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories is an educational program for communities that aren’t able to visit the Assembly in person. The tour teaches students about topics such as consensus government, members of the Legislative Assembly, and the art and symbolism of the Mace. (in English and French)
The NTI Elections Curriculum Initiative is a teacher’s guide for grade 9 social studies classes. This resource, from Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., addresses topics such as what it means to be a responsible citizen and the importance of participating in Nunavut’s elections. (in English, French, ᐃᓄᑦᑎᑐᑦ and Inuinnaqtun)