Legislative Process 101

Legislative Process 101

This is a specialized program for post-secondary students interested in learning about the lawmaking process in Ontario. The program reviews a variety of topics including the differences between parliament and government, responsible government and the branches of government, key parliamentary players, a typical day in the House, the legislative process, and types of bills.


Maximum 20
Group type


2:00 p.m. EDT   

120 minutes

Advanced registration required.
Visitors (16 years of age +) must show a piece of government-issued photo identification upon entry.
Questions? Contact 416-325-0061 or tourbookings@ola.org.
Note: Due to parliamentary events, program times and activities are subject to change without notice.


This 2-hour program, tailored to the group's interests, includes the following:

  • An interactive discussion in the Chamber.
  • A tour of the Legislative Building focusing on the function of Parliament and the roles of key parliamentary figures.
  • A workshop on legislative process.
  • A visit to the public gallery to observe the proceedings in the Legislature. 
    *Note: length of the program will be modified if the Legislature is not in session.   

Discussion points we will ask students to consider:

  • What are the differences between parliament and government? 
  • What are the key differences between public and private bills?
  • What are the different types of committees and how can the public get involved?
  • What is the significance of the deep-rooted traditions in Ontario’s Parliament?

Interactive workshop:

Participants will review the legislative process in detail and discuss current or past provincial bills.  This activity aims to engage students in the legislative process and offers an in-depth explanation of the law-making process in Ontario and the importance of civic engagement and active citizenship.