What are the dates of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s Post Secondary Model Parliament?
The program will take place from Wednesday, March 20th to Friday, March 22nd, 2019.
Who can apply?
Post-secondary students who are permanent residents of Ontario, and currently enrolled in a recognized post-secondary institution (college or university).
I go to University in Ontario but I am from another province/country. Can I apply?
No, if you are from another province/country you are not eligible.
I am from Ontario but go to university/college in another province/country. Can I apply?
Yes, if you are a permanent resident of Ontario but go to university or college in another place, you can apply.
What is the application process?
The applicant must complete and submit an online application, including a response to an essay question (450-500 words). In addition, the applicant must submit proof of enrollment at a post-secondary institution and sign a Code of Conduct Form. Applicants will also need a letter of recommendation written by a professor, lecturer, teaching assistant or program coordinator. First year students may submit a letter written by a grade 12 teacher. This letter should be uploaded on the online application form.
I participated in the high school Model Parliament Program. Can I apply for the post-secondary program?
Yes, you can apply to the post-secondary program.
Why does the Model Parliament Program take place during school days?
The Model Parliament Program takes place when the House is scheduled to be in session. This gives participants an opportunity to see the Legislature in action and interact with key figures in Ontario's parliament.
Will any of my transportation costs to Toronto be covered?
Yes, for participants who live further than 50 km from Toronto, one return trip for the student from the participant's permanent or current address within Ontario to Toronto will be reimbursed. Train, bus, air and GO Transit travel will be reimbursed; mileage will not be reimbursed. Receipts must be provided.
I don’t live near Toronto, where will I stay?
It is the responsibility of each student selected attending the Model Parliament Program to find accommodation while in Toronto.
If I’m selected, which political party will I belong to?
Participants of the Model Parliament Program will undertake an exercise to determine which political party best suits their interests. The four parties currently sitting in the provincial Legislature (Progressive Conservative, New Democratic Party, Liberal and Green Party) will be the parties of choice.
If I am selected, may I play a specific role in the Model Parliament Program?
Yes, there will be a variety of roles available including party leader, Cabinet Minister, opposition critic, Deputy Leader, House Leader and Caucus Chair.
Will I get to meet Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs)?
Yes, over the course of the program you will have the opportunity to meet MPPs.
How many participants will be chosen?
124 students will be selected for this program - one student per provincial riding (electoral district) in Ontario.
How much time will I need to commit to the Model Parliament Program?
Aside from the three days in Toronto, virtual meetings will be held weekly in the months leading up to the Model Parliament Program. Participants will be expected to prepare for and participate in these virtual meetings and check their messages frequently.
Can my family come and watch me in action?
On Friday, March 22nd, 2019 only, family members are welcome to watch the Model Parliament proceedings from the public galleries. Names of all guests must be provided in advance. Visitors must check in with security and must provide government issued photo id.
When will I know if I have been selected?
Applicants are contacted during the month of November with the results of their application.
Will I get to debate in the Legislative Chamber?
Yes, on the last day of the Model Parliament Program students will take on the role of an MPP and participate in a parliamentary simulation in the Legislative Chamber.
Will I receive a certificate to add to my portfolio?
Yes, all participants will receive a certificate of participation from the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
Who can I contact if I have more questions about the Model Parliament Program?
Should you have any questions, please contact the Model Parliament Program at 416-325-8094 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.