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Ryerson University has made the decision that all spring and summer 2020 courses will be delivered online. In light of this, and the crisis brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty of Arts has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Institute for Future Legislators at Ryerson University.   

Over the past few weeks, we have collectively experienced the challenges of a world grappling with a devastating and deadly pandemic. We have watched global leaders both fail and succeed at guiding their countries and constituents through this crisis.  It is during these times that the importance of having strong legislators who can make difficult decisions for the benefit of their communities, becomes vital. In the Faculty of Arts, leadership, democracy and civic participation continue to be a fundamental part of our analysis and discourse. Like you, we want to know how our political leaders are working with each other and with the public service to ensure our safety. We want to know how decisions that impact our economic and social life will be made. We also want to know how we can influence legislation so that it benefits all of us. 

The Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University and UBC’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs are co-presenting a free virtual series  that will expose you to our repository of seasoned political practitioners who will share their insights, experience and expertise on effective leadership, democracy, communications, and engagement and what it means during a global crisis.

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

Kathleen Wynne at IFLR , external link, opens in new window

May 27, 2019
Boot camp launched for those interested in running for politics (CHCH News), external link, opens in new window
Former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne providing just a taste of what the Institute for future legislators offers. 

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Max Cameron and Steve Paikin speaking about IFLR, opens in new window at the Political Civility in the Age of Partisan Polarization event on March 11, 2019