Understanding Canadian Parliament

Classroom activities and lesson plans about Canadian Parliament by the Parliament of Canada

Written by Canada's History Society 

September 7, 2015

Where do you start when teaching about the Government of Canada? Maybe you start at the community level, or maybe you start with the Prime Ministers and work your way through each level of government. Regardless of your method, the Parliament of Canada has designed classroom resources and lesson plans to help you get your message across. You can use these resources with your class or with your children at home to develop a basic understanding of the Canadian Parliamentary system.

Here are a few of the classroom activities:

Searching for Symbols

K to 3 | QC Primary cycles 1+2
This resource explains the history and significance of symbols found at Canada’s Parliament. View resource here

Bill on the Hill

4 to 6 | QC Primary cycles 2 + 3
May be adapted up to Grades 10 to 11 | QC Secondary cycle 5
Learn about the legislative process as you follow “Bill” on his journey to become a law. View resource here

A Parliamentary Committee Simulation

4 to 6 and 9 to 11 | QC Primary cycles 2 + 3 and Secondary cycles 1 + 2
Act the part, analyze the legislation! This simulation activity allows students to propose and amend a mock bill in a committee setting. View resource here

Parliament in the News

7 to 12 | QC Secondary cycles 1 + 2 and CEGEP
This resource uses news sources to familiarize students with different aspects of the Canadian parliamentary system. View resource here

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