FAQs - School Programs

How do I book a program?

Review the Education Programs section of our website for program options. Choose from 90-minute curriculum-linked programs to general programs for students in elementary, middle, secondary and post-secondary schools.

Requests for programs can be submitted online via our request form, or by calling Tour Bookings at 416-325-0061. Once your request has been submitted, you will receive an e-mail to confirm the date and time of your visit. Call Tour Bookings at 416-325-0061 if you have any questions.

How far in advance do I need to book?

Book as soon as possible to ensure you are able to get your preferred date and time. Requests may be submitted online; however, if you wish to make a booking on short notice, please call Tour Bookings at 416-325-0061 to check for availability.

Do you offer tours in other languages?

Tours are offered in English and French (or bilingual) year-round. Please request your language preference at the time of booking. If you require ASL interpretation, let us know three weeks in advance so that we may accommodate your request.

How many people can you accommodate on tour?

Depending on the program type, the maximum number of students that may be accommodated at one time is 105 (English as a Second Language - 70).

Do I need a certain number of chaperones for my tour?

Two chaperones per class is recommended, but no more than a total of ten.

What do I need to bring for my visit?

Everyone over age 16 is required to present a piece of government photo identification upon entry to the Legislative Building. Please also bring a copy of the confirmation e-mail and signed photo release form (unless submitted in advance).

When is the Legislature in session?

Consult the parliamentary calendars for the schedule of meeting days. For a break down of a typical day in the House, you may also review the legislative proceedings. Please note that due to parliamentary activities, these schedules can change without notice. 

Can I take my class into the public galleries on my own?

Groups wishing to visit the public galleries on their own must check in individually with Legislative Security Services via the south basement entrance of the building. Space in the public galleries is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All visitors are subject to an airport-style security screening procedure prior to entering the public galleries. Backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils, cameras, cell phones and all other electronic devices are not permitted, and visitors must refrain from talking, reading and applauding.

Can my group walk around the building on our own?

No, groups must be accompanied throughout the building at all times. Program times must be adhered to so that we may accommodate the large number of groups that visit. Groups are welcome to take part in the self-guided outdoor scavenger hunt prior to or following the program.

Can my students bring their cameras?

Cameras, tape recorders, cell phones and other electronic devices are prohibited in the public galleries. If your program includes viewing a session of the Legislature, these items will be collected from all tour participants at the start of the visit. If your visit does not include a session of the Legislature, teachers, chaperones and students may use their cameras; however, we encourage leaving all valuables at school or at home.

Are there any lunch facilities?

There are no on-site lunch facilities, nor indoor seating areas for groups; however, you are welcome to use the outdoor space on the north or south grounds.

Where can the bus park?

There is no public parking at the Legislative Building. A bus drop-off zone is located in front of the building. 

Who do I call if we are running late?

Please call us as soon as possible at 416-325-7500. It is the responsibility of the visiting group to arrive on time for a booked program. Late arrivals will impact your program and may not be accommodated. Program end times are strictly adhered to.

What do we do when we arrive at Queen's Park?

Groups are asked to arrive 15 to 30 minutes prior to the program start time. One teacher should check-in at the Information Desk in the main lobby of the Legislative Building. Washroom facilities are available for use prior to your visit at the building's west entrance.