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.

Map of Canada Nunavut Northwest Territories Nova Scotia New Brunswick New Brunswick Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland and Labrador Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan British Columbia Alberta Yukon

British Columbia

Elections BC offers an information sheet and online video called What to Expect When You Vote. This educational resource explains the voting process in five simple steps. (in English)

Alberta

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)

Saskatchewan

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)

Manitoba

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)

Ontario

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)

Quebec

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)

New Brunswick

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)

Nova Scotia

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)

Yukon

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)

Northwest Territories

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)

Nunavut

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)

Link to Elections Canada