Parliament and Confederation

Recommended for grades 7/8

Program length: 90 minutes

Students will participate in a series of engaging activities that relate to key concepts of their curriculum. This program includes a visit to the Legislative Chamber; a tour of the historic Legislative Building; and a participatory group activity. Check out our Teaching Resources

Topics covered:

  • The external and internal factors which led to Confederation
  • The roles and responsibilities of the parliamentary players in Ontario’s Legislature
  • Differences and similarities in Parliament between 1867 and today

Students will participate in one the following group activities depending on their knowledge level:

  1.  Mock debate - students will have the option of choosing between: Topic 1: Should Ontario have one or two official languages? OR Topic 2: Which city should be the capital of Canada - Toronto or Quebec City?
  2. Photo scavenger hunt - students (using their own cell phones or ipads provided) will capture key images or items featured throughout the Legislative Building that are related to Confederation, followed by a brief interactive group discussion about the photos taken and their relevance. 

Monday to Thursday (when the Legislature is sitting*): 11:30 am; 1:00 pm; 2:30 pm
Monday to Friday (when the Legislature is not sitting*): 10:00 am; 11:30 am; 1:00 pm; 2:30 pm
*Consult the Parliamentary Calendar.
Advance registration is required. To request a school program, please submit the Request Form, and someone will get back to you within 1-2 business days. For more information, call 416-325-0061 or email
Note: Due to parliamentary events, the times and activities of your program may change without notice.