Parliament & Confederation

Parliament & Confederation

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Students will participate in a series of engaging activities that relate to concepts of their curriculum, including a visit to the Legislative Chamber; a tour of the historic Legislative Building; and a participatory group activity.

Maximum 105
Group type
Grade 8, ESL

(House is sitting)
11:30 a.m.; 1 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.

(House not sitting)
10 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.;
1 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.


*Consult the Parliamentary Calendar 

90 minutes

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


This program will focus on the factors which led to Confederation, the differences and similarities in parliament since 1867, and the roles and responsibilities of the parliamentary players in Ontario's Legislature. Check out our Teaching Resources

To demonstrate the relevance of the material, students will participate in one the following group activities depending on their knowledge level.

Program Options

Option A
Mock Debate

Students will have the option choosing between two topics:

Topic 1: Should Ontario have one or two official languages?

Topic 2: Which city should be the capital of Canada - Toronto or Quebec City?

Option B
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 are related to Confederation, followed by a brief interactive group discussion and the photos taken and their relevance.