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This year Local Government Week takes place October 19-25, 2014.

Local Government Week aims to increase youth and public awareness about the important role local government plays in our communities.

Visit our partner, the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO), for materials and more information about engaging young people in local government. AMCTO materials include activity ideas as well as a number of resources for teachers, school board trustees and municipalities for all grades and subject areas.

The week provides a range of opportunities particularly for grades 5 and 10 to educate students on the operation and importance of our civic institutions.

With Ontario’s municipal and school board elections coming up on October 27, students have a special opportunity this year to mark Local Government Week through participation in the Student Vote program.

Student Vote is a parallel election for students under the voting age coinciding with official elections. Registered schools receive free educational materials and electoral supplies.

Other examples of what communities and schools can do to celebrate local government.

  • Debate a school board trustee on a school issue
  • Hold a Mayor for a Day student essay contest
  • Host a mock council
  • Tour your Town Hall
  • Organize a “Lunch and Learn” on local government

While we celebrate Local Government Week from October 19-25 this year, we encourage schools and municipalities to participate in local government activities throughout the school year.


AMCTO Local Government Resource Guide
Student Vote