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Curriculum Links: Our Local Government

By participating in Our Local Government Program, students have an opportunity to (specific examples from the program are shown in bold):


Social Studies


People and Environments: The Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship

  • B2.1 formulate questions to guide investigations into social and/or environmental issues in Canada from various perspectives, including the perspective of the level (or levels) of government responsible for addressing the issues (Pre-visit question preparation, all activities)
  • B.2.2 gather and organize a variety of information and data that present various perspectives about Canadian social an/or environmental issues, including the perspective of the level (or levels) of government responsible for addressing the issues (all activities)
  • B3.2 describe the jurisdiction of different levels of government in Canada and some of the services provided by each (Just the Facts, Know Your Services and afternoon activities at the Toronto Hall)
  • B3.4 describe different processes that governments can use to solicit input from the public, and explain why it is important for all levels of government to provide opportunities for public consultation (Just the Facts, How to Pass a By-law and afternoon activities at City Hall)
  • B3.5 describe some key actions taken by different levels of government to solve some significant national, provincial/territorial, and/or local issues  (afternoon activities at City Hall)
  • B3.7 describe some different ways in which citizens can take action to address social and environmental issues  (How to Pass a By-law and afternoon activities at City Hall)

If students engage in follow-up activities to pursue answers to their social and environmental questions:

  • B1.2 create a plan of action to address a social issue of local, provincial/territorial, and/or national significance
  • B1.3 create a plan of action to address an environmental issue of local, provincial/territorial, and/or national significance 




  • use their knowledge of elements of grammar and oral and written language structures to understand what they read (all activities)
  • recognize patterns of word structure and use them to determine pronunciation (pronouncing names of different levels of government)
  • use specialized terms in different subject areas as appropriate (e.g. councillor, trustee, ward)
  • locate and interpret information... (finding correct information in all activities)


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  • During the Our Local Government Program at TUSC, *name* was able to work with a team to identify characteristics of levels of Canadian government. *He/She* participated in activities, games and simulations in order to become familiar with services and structures provided by government. *name* also participated in a guided tour of Toronto City Hall with a discussion of the role of Municipal Government in daily life.