Rep Day: Connecting Students and MPs

April 5th, 2016 by Dan Allan

CIVIX is coordinating visits between Members of Parliament and high school classes as part of the 2016 Rep Day program!

Rep Day is a civic education initiative that connects students with their local MP for a dialogue on government, the electoral process and issues that interest them. The program aims to help students develop a better understanding and sense of trust in the people and institutions within our democracy.


So far, 150 Rep Days have been scheduled with over 115 Members of Parliament, representing 12 provinces and territories and all five political parties represented in Parliament.

This year’s Rep Day program follows the 2015 federal Student Vote program, where 922,000 students cast ballots from 6,662 schools representing all 338 ridings (complete results are available here). Many Student Vote schools are participating in Rep Day, giving students an opportunity to interact directly with their recently-elected federal representative.

During the last school year, CIVIX coordinated 81 Rep Day visits with 71 Members of Parliament and in 2013-2014, CIVIX coordinated 85 Rep Day visits with 66 Members of Parliament. Over the past two years, more than a third of parliamentarians have participated in the program and feedback from both MPs and schools has been extremely positive.

Just wanted to let you know that Mr. Viersen’s visit was an overwhelming success, and students are still discussing a number of issues he addressed. He was professional and approachable at the same time, not an easy feat to pull off. Students identified with his youthfulness, while respecting his responses regardless of their own personal opinions.

They were left with considerable food for thought, and points of view they had never considered. Rep Day is a wonderful idea and I hope it continues.

– E.W. Pratt Senior High (High Prairie, AB)

The Rep Day program will run through the remainder of this school year with visits coinciding with Parliamentary break weeks. The remaining weeks are from April 25th to 29th and May 24th to 27th. The program will also be available throughout the 2016-2017 school year.

Interested schools are invited to contact CIVIX to take part and receive free curriculum resources to help guide the visit.

CIVIX is delivering Rep Day with support from the Government of Canada.

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