Forum is now accepting applications for the 2018 sessions.
Meeting decision-makers where the decisions get made.
- Visits to the House of Commons and Senate with the Speakers of each House as well as Clerks and pages. They show you how the institution works before getting to see Question Period live in action.
- A reception where MPs are invited to come meet and chat with participants. All MPs are invited and last year over 100 MPs came to at least one reception. The Prime Minister came to two events in 2016.
- A breakfast at the Senate with Senators hosted by the Speaker of the Senate. It’s a chance to ask them what they do.
- A visit to Rideau Hall, residence of the Governor General, which is a great opportunity learn about his role and responsibilities. In 2017, some participants met the Governor General His Excellency The Right Honourable David Johnston during their tour of Rideau Hall.
* All sessions are unique with different decision-makers coming. We cannot guarantee who will be there during your session.
There are multiple simulations over the course of the week that allow you to understand how the decisions get made by taking part in them.
- A full election: What if there was a world parliament and Canada only had 1 seat? Participants create a party, pick a candidate, write and present speeches, make posters, campaign and then vote using real elections materials from Elections Canada.
- A Cabinet simulation: How does Cabinet decide? Each participant becomes a Minister (of Environment, Defence, Finance, etc.) and must defend their ministry’s point of view when discussing a topic. The Cabinet must then make a decision.
- A world trade simulation: How does Canada trade internationally and grow businesses? A trip to Export Development Canada and a tailor-made game showcase how!
- A provincial-federal simulation: How do the provinces negotiate with the provinces. Everybody goes into the group of the province where they are from and then you have to negotiate with the other provinces and the federal government.
* The simulations are constantly being updated and may be different during your session.
Who can participate?
Any 15 to 19 year-old Canadian students who are interested in politics and are leaders in their communities. Your high school or Cégep will need to allow you time off school to attend the program.
How many spots are there?
The week-long program includes a maximum of 120 students per session. There are three sessions in the 2017-2018 program year.
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What is the cost?
The $895 participation covers:
- hotel accommodation (triple occupancy) at an Ottawa hotel,
- travel costs are provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Exchanges Canada program,
- all meals during the program, beginning with dinner on Sunday and ending with breakfast the following Friday,
- instructional materials,
- transportation by bus within Ottawa and special activities such as the Members’ of Parliament Dinner, Senators’ Breakfast, and closing dinner.
- If funding the trip is a challenge for you, there are bursaries available for qualifying students. There’s also a good chance you could find sponsors in your community to support this unique educational opportunity.