Learning Resources

These learning resources are intended to improve civic literacy, introduce the concepts of democracy and elections, increase awareness about the workings of government in Canada, and teach students how to effectively participate as responsible citizens in their community.

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Elementary Level

These learning resources were developed for grades 3 to 6. Each lesson has several activities and options available, for the ease of adapting it to your particular classroom.

Please use, modify, rearrange and choose from the suggestions as you see fit. The units build upon one another and have a clear flow, but they can also be used as stand-alone lessons or activities depending on your classroom needs and available time.

  • Welcome PDF
  • How to Use This Resource PDF
  • COVID Considerations PDF
  • Lesson 2: Rights and Responsibilities PDF
  • Slide Deck 2: Rights and Responsibilities Google Slides
  • Video: “The Right to Vote” YouTube
  • Activity 2.1: Anticipation Guide PDF Word Google Docs
  • Activity 2.1: Anticipation Guide (Answer Key) PDF
  • Handout 2.2: Highlights from the Charter of Rights and Freedoms PDF
  • Activity 2.3: Our Rights and Responsibilities PDF Word Google Docs
  • Lesson 4: Governments in Canada PDF
  • Slide Deck 4A: Who am I? What am I? Google Slides
  • Slide Deck 4B: Governments in Canada Google Slides
  • Video: “The Levels of Government” YouTube
  • Handout 4.1: Government Responsibilities PDF
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Intermediate/Secondary Level

These learning resources were developed for grades 7 to 12. Each lesson has several activities and options available, for the ease of adapting it to your classroom.

Please use, modify, rearrange and choose from these activities as you see fit. The lessons build upon one another and have a clear flow, but they can also be used as stand-alone lessons or activities depending on your classroom needs.

  • Welcome PDF
  • How to Use This Resource PDF
  • COVID Considerations PDF

 

  • Lesson 2: The Right to Vote PDF
  • Slide Deck 2: The Right to Vote Google Slides
  • Video: “Student Vote Vancouver 2018” YouTube
  • Video: “The Right to Vote” YouTube
  • Handout 2.1: History of Voting Rights in Canada PDF
  • Activity 2.2: Pathways to Universal Suffrage PDF Word Google Docs

 

  • Lesson 6: Municipal Elections PDF
  • Slide Deck 6: Municipal Elections Google Slides
  • Activity 6.1: GRAPHIC ORGANIZER – Getting to Know the Candidates PDF Word Google Docs

Videos

Learn the basics about government, democracy and elections in Canada through these fun and engaging videos.





  • ‘Why Voting Matters’

    Past Student Vote participants share inspirational and thought-provoking messages on why voting matters.

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  • ‘Democratic Principles’

    There are several guiding principles that act as the foundation for democracy: fundamental freedoms, free and fair elections, accountability and transparency, the rule of law and citizen participation.

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  • ‘Behind the Screens – Who Decides What I See Online?’

    Canadian media expert Taylor Owen explores the business model of online platforms and the consequences for democracy when information is personalized to us.

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  • ‘Algorithms and Filter Bubbles’

    How do algorithms work, and what is a filter bubble?

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  • ‘The Right to Vote’

    Which rights are protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and how have voting rights evolved over time?

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  • ‘The Levels of Government’

    Government in Canada is divided into several different levels. What is each level responsible for, and who is the leader and elected representative for each?

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  • ‘Student Vote Vancouver 2018’

    Students and teachers speak about their experience with Student Vote during the 2018 Vancouver municipal elections and why they believe voting is important.

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