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.

Availability: 

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.

Reservations: 

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