Grade 10 - Civics Program

Civics Program

Program Overview

Students will participate in a series of engaging activities that relate to Active and Informed Citizenship, two key components in their curriculum. This 90-minute program consists of three segments: A visit to the Legislative Chamber either watching MPPs debate or an interactive discussion when the House is not sitting; a tour of the Legisalative Building; a participatory group activity (see below).

Topics covered:

  • The roles and responsibilities of MPPs in Ontario, with reference to the concepts of political parties and the electoral process
  • The roles and responsibilities of key parliamentary figures in Ontario's Legislature and the legislative process (how a bill becomes a law)
  • The difference between government and parliament
  • The rights and responsibilities of citizenship

Issues we will ask students to consider:

  • What is citizenship?
  • What is democracy?
  • How can you learn what parliament is working on right now?
  • What are some ways to voice your opinions about important civic matters?

Interactive Activity:

Students will participate in a group activity highlighting active citizenship and civic engagement. Groups can choose from the following two activities:
Activity 1 Legislative Process: an interactive group discussion about how a bill becomes law, how to become informed and make a difference.
Activity 2 Election Simulation: a mock election that demonstrates the importance and impact of voting.  

Visit our Teaching Tools and Lesson Plans section to prepare your students prior to their visit.


Monday to Thursday (when the Legislature is sitting*): 11:30 am to 1:00 pm; 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm; 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday to Friday (when the Legislature is not sitting*): 10:00 am to 11:30 am; 11:30 am to 1:00 pm; 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm; 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

*Consult the Parliamentary Calendar for sitting and non-sitting days; however, due to parliamentary activities, program dates, times and activities are subject to change without notice.


To book an education program for your school please complete a request a program form. For assistance, call 416-325-0061 or email