What is the Community Outreach Program?

The Community Outreach Program is a free program offered by the Parliamentary Protocol and Public Relations branch of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. It is designed to bring educational programming about Ontario’s Parliament into the community. Our experienced educators visit groups of 20 or more in their communities across the province, and lead a two to three hour program about the parliamentary process, the key players and the responsibilities of government.

Who can apply for the Community Outreach Program?

Ontario groups of all ages including elementary and secondary schools, adult groups and organizations, community centers, ESL groups, senior centers and youth groups.

When can you come to my community?

We visit groups in the Greater Toronto Area and within a 2-hour drive (150 kms) of downtown Toronto regularly throughout the year. If you are farther away from the GTA please refer to our Community Outreach Schedule to see when we will be in your area. Once we receive your request online, we will contact you to coordinate an outreach program in your community.

How do I request a Community Outreach Program?

Submit an online request form or contact us at 416-325-0061 for more information.

Can I submit more than one request?

Only one request per organization can be submitted, however we may be able to accomodate up to 4 separate programs at your location, depending on our schedule and availability. Additional programs to other groups in the surrounding area of your community will also be considered during the same visit.

I live in another province. Can I apply?

No, only Ontario residents are eligible for this program.

What is the minimum number of participants required?

The minimum group size is 20.

Can a student or individual apply on behalf of their class or group?

No, requests must be submitted by the teacher, organizer or group leader.

How long is the program?

While each program is tailored to the audience and program duration may vary, the program typically lasts between two to three hours.

What is the focus of your program?

Each program is customized to the interests of the group and focuses on civic engagement and bringing Ontario's Parliament to the communities. For school programs, we focus on the function of parliament and government, levels of goverment, key roles in parliament including a debate or actvity. All our programs are interactive, with an engaging presentation and a participatory activity.

What topics does your program include?

Topics may include:  the art and history of Ontario's Legislative Building and its parliament, elections and voting in Ontario, the levels of government in Canada, how Ontario’s Legislature works, how laws are made etc. Each program is customized and we work closely with the organizer to provide the best program to suit the needs of the group. 

Does my group need to have background knowledge about parliament in order to request a program?

No. It is important however, to provide as much information about the group in advance so we can prepare the best program for you. We encourage all groups to visit our Discovery Portal for some additional information, fun games and a virtual tour.

Can I combine two classes or grades from my school? 

Yes, if the group is learning at a similar grade level. We will work with the teachers to best tailor the program to the group to ensure a positive experience.

Is there a cost to the program?

No, there is no cost associated with this program.

How quickly will you respond to my request?

We will contact you via email or telephone within 2-3 business days.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Contact Parliamentary Protocol and Public Relations at 416-325-0061 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm or email: tourbookings@ola.org.