Which Election?

Which Election? Understanding federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal/local elections

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At a glance

In this activity, students are asked to reflect upon their own experience with dividing tasks. Then students watch two short videos to learn about how government responsibilities are divided and about the impact these divisions have on elections in Canada. Students then deepen their understanding by completing activities at different learning stations, to explore the three levels of government and the different aspects that occur with elections on each level. Finally, students consolidate their understanding through both class discussion and personal refection; and, are encouraged to explore how they can actively engage in the electoral process.

Big idea: Citizens vote in elections at federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal/local levels. These elections are run by different organizations, under different conditions, and elect different parliaments, legislatures, and councils. There are opportunities for citizens to be involved in elections at all levels of government.

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

Level: Secondary

Time needed: 60 minutes

This resource was developed in collaboration with all provincial and territorial electoral agencies, and with Elections Canada.