Many Ontario schools are working with their local municipalities to plan activities that will promote a better understanding and awareness about the operations and services of their municipality, and foster in children and youth, responsible citizenship and stewardship of their local communities.
Some of the suggested activities include:
- Tours of municipalities by local schools children and citizens
- Invite municipal staff and elected officials to visit your school
- Hold a mock municipal election, or mock municipal referendum in your school
- Work with your municipality to develop a Mayor For A Day program
Learning about local government can open the door to a wealth of learning opportunities for children and youth, developing knowledge and skills for students in a range of subject areas such as: civics, math,economics, geography, English, business, science, writing, information technology, careers and general research.
Resources for Teachers
- Copies of the Local Government Resource Guides for elementary and secondary schools are available for download in English and French by clicking this link
- Teachers are also encouraged to consider these suggested Local Government Learning Opportunities for their students.
- Here's a sample of the Severn Township Student Mayor Program
- Here's a link to the City of Guelph's Future Voter Booklet
- Click here to downwload a Powerpoint Presentation About Local Government (English Version) or (Version Française) that you may use to teach students about the local order of government. This is a sample presentation that we encourage you to adapt by adding specifics about your municipality and its services. You may also Use specific sections of the presentation
Click on these links for a presentation about A Day in the Life of an Elected Official (English) or (Version Francaise)
Click on this link for a list of FAQs for teachers (English) or (Version Francaise)
For teachers and students who want to learn more about Ontario and its government, visit the Premier’s Youth website http://www.onzone.ca