Current Projects

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


Student Vote Canada 2019

CIVIX is organizing a Student Vote parallel election for elementary and high schools coinciding with the 2019 Canadian federal election. Students from across the country will learn about government and the electoral process, engage in the campaign and cast ballots on the official local candidates. This is the sixth federal Student Vote project and more than 1 million students are expected to participate from throughout the country.

Student Vote Canada 2019 is made possible by Elections Canada.

Registered schools receive educational resources, posters, riding maps, ballots and ballot boxes free of charge, and materials are available in both official languages.

 


Democracy Bootcamp

Democracy Bootcamp is a subsidized 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.

To support teaching around themes of democracy and informed citizenship, and to prepare for Student Vote Canada 2019, CIVIX is organizing Democracy Bootcamp events:

To learn more, please contact [email protected].

 


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 [email protected].


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 the federal budget.
  • 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/


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 [email protected] if you would like to participate in Rep Day, and we would be happy to work towards organizing a visit from your MP into your classroom.