If you are selected for the program, there is a $500 registration fee.
Note: The Parliament of Canada covers most travel costs, accommodation, and most meals during the program. Participants should expect to pay for 3-4 dinners over the course of the week.
The Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians (CAFP) offers $500 bursaries to help cover the cost of substitute coverage for participants who, otherwise, would not be able to attend. For information about the CAFP, visit www.exparl.ca.
This is a one-of-a-kind experience. It is the best professional development that I have participated in as a teacher. I have learned so much this week about Canadian parliamentary democracy. I can’t wait to go back to my classroom and inspire my students with a passion for democracy. This week I am truly proud to be Canadian!
I have learned that I don’t need to teach my learners to vote. I need to teach them the passion to care about voting.
Programs of this nature offer an outstanding opportunity to witness the processes first-hand, but also to gain so much perspective on and understanding of fellow Canadians. I feel so privileged to have had this opportunity, and will make great use of the gift of knowledge and understanding I have received.
The week that I spent here has opened my eyes to the workings of Parliament, put a charge into my teaching, and most importantly reversed the naïve and cynical view that I had held concerning the workings of government.
I feel so privileged to have been a part of it. I will never forget what I saw, heard, learned and felt. It was an experience that has touched me personally and benefited me professionally.
Having taught for ten years, I can honestly say I have never experienced such an amazing professional development opportunity. As a primary teacher, I have struggled with how to make civics applicable to my classroom. I have wanted to make my students feel connected to Canada and find pride in being Canadian. I am leaving with multiple ideas to share and teach.