Parliament and Confederation

Recommended for grades 7/8   Program length: 90 minutes

Maximum number of students/program: 35 (up to 3 programs at the same time may be booked, depending on availability). A minimum of 2 supervisors per class is required. 

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. 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:

  1.  Mock debate - students will have the option of choosing between: Topic 1: Should Ontario have one or two official languages? OR Topic 2: Which city should be the capital of Canada - Toronto or Quebec City?
  2. 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 related to Confederation, followed by a brief interactive group discussion about the photos taken and their relevance. 
Availability: *Check the Parliamentary Calendar.

Monday to Thursday (when the Legislature is in session*): 11:30 am; 1:00 pm; 2:30 pm 

Monday to Friday (when the Legislature is not in session*): 10:00 am; 11:30 am; 1:00 pm; 2:30 pm. 

Advanced registration is required. To request a school program, please submit the Request Form, and someone will get back to you within 1-2 business days. For more information, call 416-325-0061 or email
Note: Due to parliamentary events, the times and activities of your program may change without notice.