Our Local Government

Our Local Government

Toronto City Hall chambers


Curriculum Connections:

  • Social Studies - People and Environments: The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship

Character Development:

  • program emphasizes respect, responsibility, teamwork and co-operation

Currently available as a virtual field trip! Let’s see our city in a whole new way! Municipal by-laws and services shape our city and we don’t always notice them! Students can engage in the process of passing municipal by-laws and discover who their city councillor is. Special emphasis will be on encouraging municipal engagement to better your community and discovering city services that surround you.

When on site programming resumes: A variety of activities throughout the morning set the context for understanding how Toronto’s local government works. Prepare to be amazed as your students investigate their local councillor and ward, explore municipal services, and experience how a by-law is passed.
The afternoon involves a visit to Toronto’s City Hall for a first-hand look at the place where decisions are made. Students enhance their understanding of responsible citizenship by actively inquiring into social and environmental issues of local significance before their visit, and share these questions and concerns with their city councilor in person (if s/he is available).

Please Note: Kensington Community School and City Hall are both fully accessible for students in wheelchairs; contact TUSC for more information

Program Length: two virtual sessions of 60-75 minutes offered on different days. 
                              OR WHEN AVAILABLE  one day (9:30 am - 2:00 pm)
Availability: fall (November to December), winter (January to mid-March), spring (mid-March to April)
Location: Virtual  OR WHEN AVAILABLE am: Kensington CS; pm: Toronto’s City Hall

User fees help ensure the continuation of these learning experiences through partial cost recovery; fee schedule reflect rates subsidized by the Toronto District School Board.

TTC: each student requires 3 tickets, if over 12 years

Maximum: 30 students