Ontario Local Government Week

October 17th, 2013 by Dan Allan

Ontario’s fifth annual Local Government Week is being held from October 20 to 26.

The Province of OntarioThe Association of Municipal Mangers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) have partnered to develop Local Government Week. The week aims to increase youth and public awareness about the important role local government plays in Ontario communities and provides a range of opportunities to educate students on the operation and importance of civic institutions.

Local Government Week

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing partnered with AMCTO to create materials and more information about engaging young people in local government. These include resource guides that can be used to teach students about local government  in English and French, as well as a number of resources for teachers, school board trustees and municipalities for all grades and subject areas.

The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) is also working to raise civic awareness among Ontario students. OPSBA is encouraging school board trustees to arrange classroom sessions with Grade 5 Social Studies and Grade 10 Civics students in their ward to discuss the important democratic role of the trustee.

Interested in bringing Local Government Week to your classroom? Here are some ideas for how to get involved:

  • Debate a school board trustee on a school issue
  • Hold a Mayor for a Day student essay contest
  • Host a mock council
  • Tour your Town Hall
  • Organize a “Lunch and Learn” on local government

For example, the Town of Cobourg is holding a Special Council Meeting that will appoint a local student as “Mayor for a Day.” Students from local schools were invited to submit short essay entries on why they would make a great mayor.

CIVIX is proud to support Local Government Week and encourage all Canadian schools and municipalities to participate in local government activities throughout the school year.

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