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Recent elections in Canada and around the world have highlighted the importance of vibrant and inclusive political institutions. They also remind us of the challenges and loss of trust that arise when citizens and politicians show contempt for democracy.

Are you concerned about the most pressing issues facing our communities? Are you interested in running for public office? If so, the Institute for Future Legislators at Ryerson is the program for you.

Run by Ryerson University’s Faculty of Arts in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia, the Institute will empower you to effect political change through Canada’s legislative institutions.

Held over three weekends in May and June, former politicians, journalists and advocates will provide hands-on training and mentorship to participants on topics including legislative life, effective political communication styles and handling Question Period. During the third and final weekend of the Institute, participants can put their training into practice with a lively simulation of a parliamentary session in the Parliament of Canada in Ottawa.

The Institute has a diverse line-up of notable practitioners of all political stripes, with decades of experience in politics as well as in-depth knowledge of the media landscape. 

With the election of a minority government in Ottawa in October 2019, now is the perfect time to learn more about how our legislative system works in practice, how to navigate current challenges, and work towards change.

IFLR topics:
·         Legislatures & Legislative Life
·         Parliamentary Roles
·         The Ethical Politician
·         Working in the House
·         Advancing Policy
·         Gender in Politics
·         Communications
·         Representation
·         Constituency Service