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The Institute for Future Legislators at Ryerson is run by the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia.

The Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, external link advances publicly engaged research, teaching and dissemination of ideas and knowledge about innovation in democratic practice and institutions.

In 2013, the Centre founded the Institute for Future Legislators. The program was founded in order to train individuals who aspire to hold public office. For the past six years, it has run the Institute for Future Legislators in Vancouver.

The Institute for Future Legislators at Ryerson will be the second time the Institute is being held outside of British Columbia. Last year's event at Ryerson was a resounding success.  As a result, the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson is delighted to be partnering again with the Centre for the Study of Democratic to bring this program to Toronto for a second time.

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Sitharsana Srithas

“Over the course of the program, we met with practitioners in the media, charity and non-profit organizations and of course, elected representatives from across party lines to learn about democratic reform, advocating on behalf of constituents, media communications, and the role of public servants. To put our knowledge to test, the program culminated with a parliamentary simulation in Senate Chambers in Ottawa!”

- Sitharsana Srithas, IFLR 2019 participant