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Teach your students about the Senate’s role in Parliament with our ready-to-use activity kits. Interactive quizzes, videos and a virtual tour of the Senate will captivate students’ attention while teachers will appreciate the customizable lesson plans and ample background materials. These kits make it easy for teachers to deliver memorable and engaging lessons about the Red Chamber — download your copy today!

Introduction to the Senate

Who are senators and what do they do? Learn about senators’ most important roles and how they represent the interests of Canadians in Parliament. Then develop some Senate skills by proposing a new law and crafting a well-argued opinion piece. Finish the unit with an interactive quiz and a virtual tour of the restored Senate of Canada Building. Download this kit and your students will know more about the Senate than a lot of grown-ups!

Introduction to Senate committees

Now that your students are Senate experts, let’s dig deeper into one of the most important parts of the institution — its committees. Learn about how senators study proposed laws to improve them and catch mistakes, then follow along on fact-finding missions where senators investigate issues that really matter to Canadians. No wonder committees are known as the Senate’s heart and soul! This kit includes an interactive quiz and fun, thought-provoking activities that will have your students ready to take their place in the Red Chamber.


Recommended for elementary and middle school students (ages 6–13)

The Wise Owls book coverThe Wise Owls

Helps young students grasp the history and role of the Senate.

Activity Book coverSenate Activity Book

Teaches students in Grade 4 and up about the history and key functions of the Senate through activities.

Paper fortune-teller imagePaper fortune-teller game

Allows students to discover facts about senators and the Senate’s history, art, and architecture.

Colouring sheetsColouring sheets

A fun way for young students to explore features in and around the Senate of Canada Building.

Snowy OwlsSnowy Owls

Games to keep you entertained and connected with loved ones during the holiday season.

Recommended for high school, college and university students (ages 14+)

Canada's Senate: A Chamber of Thought and Action brochure coverCanada’s Senate:
A Chamber of Thought and Action

Outlines the history and key functions of the Senate.

Canada's Senators: Strong and Principled Voices brochure coverCanada’s Senators:
Strong and Principled Voices

Provides a brief outline of the key functions of the Senate.

Page Program brochure coverSenate Page Program

Provides a brief overview of the Senate Page Program and its application process.

How a Bill Becomes a Law brochure coverHow a Bill Becomes a Law

Briefly outlines each step of the legislative process that a Senate bill undergoes.

Activity Book coverSenate Activity Book

Teaches students up to the age of 16 about the history and key functions of the Senate through activities.

The Red Chamber on Rideau Street brochure coverThe Red Chamber on Rideau Street

Allows students to discover the new temporary home of the Senate on Rideau Street in Ottawa.


Thumbnail for A Day in the Life SeriesA Day in the Life Series

Get an inside look at the daily lives of various senators.

Thumbnail for the Senate Explained seriesThe Senate Explained Series

Find out more about Senate procedures in under a minute.

Thumbnail of the Senate of Canada BuildingThe Senate of Canada Building

Peek inside the Senate of Canada Building.

Thumbnail for the virtual tour of the Centre BlockVirtual tour of the Senate in Centre Block

Did you miss your opportunity to visit Ottawa and the Senate Chamber in Centre Block before its closure for renovations? Wander the halls of Centre Block in this virtual tour.


Looking for a fun way to introduce your students or group to what the Senate is all about?

Get out your smartphones or computers and play one of our online quizzes using the Kahoot game-based learning platform. Start with the elementary level or jump straight to our high school-level quiz.


International Women’s Day

Canada’s first female senator was appointed to the Senate 91 years ago this month.

To mark International Women’s Day, take this quiz to test your knowledge of the Upper Chamber, the women who helped shape it and how their legacies are honoured!

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Do you want to work for Parliament while you study in the nation’s capital? You could be eligible for the Senate’s Page Program!

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