Program Options

Option A. The Importance and Impact of Voting (view schedule):

This program option focuses on the function of parliament, the electoral process in Ontario, and civic engagement. Students will visit the Legislative Chamber to see question period (when the House is in session), and will participate in a series of interactive information sessions as well as a workshop including a mock election to gain a better understanding of Ontario's parliamentary system and the importance and impact of voting.

Topics Covered

  • Voting systems
  • Rights and responsibilities of voting
  • Political parties and platforms
  • Forming a government
  • Government vs. Parliament
  • Role of an MPP

Pre-visit in-class activity (recommended in preparation for the full-day program):

Ask students to research the political parties represented in Ontario's Parliament, thinking about their differences and similarities. In addition, ask students to find their electoral district and their MPP, as well as the school's electoral district and MPP through the Elections Ontario web site.


Option B. The Role of the Media in Politics (view schedule):

This program option focuses on the role of media in Ontario politics. Students will visit the Legislative Chamber to see Question Period (when the House is in session), and will participate in a series of interactive information sessions as well as a workshop including a press conference simulation to gain a better understanding of Ontario's parliamentary system, the evolution and impact of media coverage and informed citizenship.

Topics Covered:

  • Media in Ontario's Parliament
  • The evolution of reporting
  • Influence of media on the message/election
  • The use of social media and its impact
  • Fake news and politics
  • Role of an MPP

Pre-visit in-class activity (recommended in preparation for the full-day program):

Ask students to research the use of social media in the last provincial election (party leaders' messages, news on social media, pre and post-election messages). In addition, students should research a current provincial issue in the news and provide two to three interpretations of that issue to share during the program at the Legislature.