Legislative Process 101

Program Overview:

This is a specialized program for post-secondary students interested in learning about the lawmaking process in Ontario. This 2-hour program, tailored to the interest's of the group 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.   

Topics Covered:

  • Differences between parliament and government
  • Responsible Government and the Branches of Government
  • Role of key parliamentary players
  • Typical day in the House
  • The legislative process and types of bills

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.


Monday to Friday: 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm.   


To request a program, please fill out a request a program form. For more information, call 416-325-0061, or email tourbookings@ola.org.

*Due to parliamentary activities, program dates, times and activities are subject to change without notice.