Current Projects

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

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Election

CIVIX is organizing a Student Vote parallel election coinciding with the 2021 provincial election on February 13, 2021. All elementary and high schools in the province are invited to participate.

Students from throughout the province will learn about provincial government and the electoral process, research the parties, candidates and issues, and cast ballots for the official local candidates running in their school’s electoral district.

Educators are invited to register their school and receive free educational materials and election supplies.

Educators can register here:

CTRL-F: Find the Facts

CTRL-F uses the COVID-19 pandemic as a case study to help students learn simple verification skills they can use to determine the reliability of sources and to evaluate the accuracy of news and information.

We have teamed up with two leading digital information experts, Jane Lytvynenko and Mike Caulfield, to deliver a media-rich, hands-on learning experience for students.

This content is presented in two streams developed for remote learning: a self-directed pathway through a student-facing site with videos and practice examples, as well as an educator-facilitated version, with additional activities and assessments, for easy download or use in Google Classroom or other methods. These resources have been developed for grades 7 to 12, but could be adapted for younger grades.

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.

Educators receive informative and engaging resources and easy-to use learning resources, including lesson plans, along with videos and slide decks. In the culminating activity, students will submit their feedback through a consultation survey. The results will be shared with the Department of Finance and all political parties so that they can see what matters most to young Canadians in advance of the 2021 budget.

Educators can register for the 2021 Student Budget Consultation here:

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

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. 

We know that some teachers have been conducting in-school visits with their elected representatives for years. However, we also know that teaching is an extremely time consuming job, and we want to offer additional resources and support to assist in this type of activity. It is our hope that by increasing the frequency, scope and quality of the visits, we will encourage an ongoing dialogue between young people and their elected officials.

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.

Student Vote Canada 2019

1.2 million elementary and secondary school students participated in Student Vote Canada 2019, coinciding with the 2019 federal election.

After learning about the electoral process, researching the parties and platforms, and debating Canada’s future, students cast their ballots for the official candidates running in their school’s riding.

In total, 1,199,939 votes were reported from 8,097 schools, with results from 338 federal ridings.

Student Vote Canada 2019 is made possible by Elections Canada.