Legislative Process 101

Program Overview:

This is a specialized program for post-secondary students and other groups interested in learning about the lawmaking process in Ontario. This 90-minute program consists of three segments:

  • An interactive discussion in the Chamber.
  • A behind-the-scenes tour of the Legislative Building focusing on the function of Parliament and the roles of different parliamentary figures.
  • A workshop where participants discuss currently tabled bills.

*Please note: This program is designed to run when the House is not in session.  If you would like your program to include watching a portion of the parliamentary proceedings, the program can be modified; however some of the behind-the-scenes areas will not be accessible.

Topics Covered:

  • Differences between Parliament and Government
  • Structure of the Legislative Assembly
  • Role of key parliamentary players
  • Typical day in the House
  • The Legislative process

Issues we will ask participants to consider:

  • How does the Parliament differ from the Government?  What are the roles of each?
  • What are the different types of bills in Ontario?
  • How does a bill become a law in Ontario?
  • 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 bills currently tabled in the parliament and discuss the legislative process each bill will go through in detail.  This activity aims to engage participants in the legislative process, and offer an in-depth explanation of how laws are created in Ontario, and the importance of public participation.


Monday to Friday, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:30 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.