Grade 5 Program (Curriculum Linked)

Introduction to Parliament

Program Overview

Students will participate in a series of engaging activities focused on Ontario's Parliament and government that relate to key concepts of their curriculum. This 90-minute program consists of three segments: a visit to the Legislative Chamber; a tour of the historic Legislative Building; and a participatory group activity.

Topics covered:

  • The three levels of Government in Canada and the responsibilities of each
  • The roles and responsibilities of Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs), with reference to the concepts of political parties and the electoral process
  • The roles and responsibilities of the key Parliamentary Players, and the legislative process in Ontario
  • The rights and responsibilities of citizenship
  • Basic geography of Ontario, population and political borders

Issues we will ask students to consider:

  • What happens in Parliament? What is a debate?
  • What do MPPs do? How does someone become an MPP?
  • What are our rights and responsibilities as citizens of Ontario?
  • What traditions do we continue to observe?

Interactive Activity:

Students will participate in a mock debate about a fictional bill (such as “The Mandatory School Uniforms Act”) in the mini Legislative Chamber, assuming the roles (in some cases, the costumes!) of the Parliamentary Players and MPPs. Roles will be assigned at random, so students must be prepared to use their imaginations. Following the guided debate, the bill will be put to a vote.

Visit our Teaching Tools and Lesson Plans to prepare your students prior to their visit.

Availability: 

Monday to Thursday (when the Legislature is sitting):*Consult the Parliamentary Calendar 
11:30 am – 1:00 pm; 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm; 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Monday to Friday (when the Legislature is not sitting*):
10:00 am – 11:30 am; 11:30 am – 1:00 pm; 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm; 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm


Reservations: To request a school program, please submit the request a program form. For assistance, call 416-325-0061 or email tourbookings@ola.org.
Note: Due to parliamentary events, program dates, times and activities are subject to change without notice.