Parliament and Confederation
Recommended for grades 7/8 Program length: 90 minutes
Maximum number of students per program: 35 (up to 3 programs may be combined depending on availability). A minimum of 2 supervisors per class is required.
Students will participate in a series of engaging activities that relate to key concepts of their curriculum. This program includes a visit to the Legislative Chamber; a tour of the historic Legislative Building; and a participatory group activity. Check out our Teaching Resources.
The topics covered will include the external and internal factors which led to Confederation; the roles and responsibilities of the parliamentary players in Ontario’s Legislature; and the differences and similarities in Parliament between 1867 and today.
Students will participate in one the following group activities depending on their knowledge level:
- 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?
- 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.
Monday to Thursday (when the Legislature is sitting*): 11:30 am; 1:00 pm; 2:30 pm
Monday to Friday (when the Legislature is not sitting*): 10:00 am; 11:30 am; 1:00 pm; 2:30 pm
*Consult the Parliamentary Calendar.
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 email@example.com.
Note: Due to parliamentary events, the times and activities of your program may change without notice.