Geography of Elections

Geography of Elections. Understanding ridings as electoral communities

At a glance

In this activity, students

  • reflect on the different communities they belong to and then consider the idea of their electoral community
  • examine their own federal electoral district and compare it to at least one other, using maps and fact sheets, and
  • consolidate their learning by considering questions like which member of Parliament would have an easier job representing their electoral community.

Big idea: Each federal electoral district has its own election. The community of voters chooses one candidate to represent the whole district in Parliament.

Subjects: This activity is designed for a geography, social studies, civics or citizenship class.

Level: Secondary

Time needed: 60 minutes