Current Projects

For past projects, please see the WHAT WE DO section.


Alberta Provincial Election

CIVIX is organizing a Student Vote parallel election for elementary and high schools coinciding with the 2019 Alberta provincial election. Students from throughout the province will learn about provincial government and the electoral process, researched the parties, candidates and issues, and cast ballots for the official local candidates running in their school’s electoral division.

The Student Vote project for the 2019 Alberta provincial election has been made possible by the support of Elections Alberta, the Government of Alberta, The Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Calgary Foundation, the Edmonton Community Foundation and the Government of Canada.

Educators are invited to register their school and receive free educational materials and election supplies: http://studentvote.ca/registration/ 

Visit the project website: http://studentvote.ca/ab2019/


NewsWise

One of the most urgent issues facing democracies today is the spread of ‘fake news.’ Being able to determine what is fact or fiction online has become an essential skill of citizenship in the digital age.

Launched in 2018, NewsWise is a news literacy program for students in Grades 5 to 12. Its mission is to help students cultivate habits of news consumption and critical-thinking that support informed citizenship.

To learn more, visit newswise.ca or contact hello@newswise.ca.


Student Budget Consultation

The Student Budget Consultation provides youth with an opportunity to learn about the government’s revenues and expenditures, discuss important political issues and suggested policies, and offer their insights on the priorities of the upcoming federal budget. The opinions of students were collected through a survey and the results were shared with the Department of Finance

Educators received informative and engaging resources and easy-to use lessons plans, including:

  • BUDGET BASICS – Learn about the budget basics through a series of non-partisan animated videos outlining the Government of Canada’s revenues and expenditures.
  • YOUTH VOICES – Listen to young Canadians share which issues matter to them and explain how they could be addressed in Budget 2019.
  • PARTY PERSPECTIVES – Compare the ideas and budget priorities of the parties represented in the House of Commons.

This project was made possible due to financial support received from the Government of Canada.

A final report on the 2019 Student Budget Consultation was released in advance of Budget 2019 and can be accessed here: http://budgetconsultation.ca/the-results/


Democracy Bootcamp

Democracy Bootcamp is professional development conference for teachers that explores the themes of democracy, government and elections, and better acquaints participants with the political players and issues. It is intended to improve the interest, knowledge and instructional capacity of classroom teachers to ‘teach’ democracy and citizenship.

In collaboration with Elections Canada, and with the support of other financial partners, CIVIX is organizing several Democracy Bootcamp in advance of the 2019 federal election. These include:

To learn more, please contact bootcamp@civix.ca.


Rep Day

Rep Day is a nationwide civic education initiative that connects elected representatives with high school students to encourage dialogue on current political issues. Rep Day aims to break down negative stereotypes that young people have of politicians and the political process and for students to develop a better understanding of and sense of trust in the people and institutions within our democracy. 

During the 2017-2018 school year, 65 visits were coordinated in 9 provinces and 2 territories, and more than 3,700 elementary and high school students had the opportunity to engage with their federal MP.

Please contact rep@civix.ca if you would like to register for Rep Day, and we would be happy to work towards organizing a visit from your MP into your classroom for the upcoming school year.