B.C. Teachers' Institute on Parliamentary Democracy


Sponsored by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the annual British Columbia Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy is an intensive four-day professional development opportunity for teachers of social studies and related subjects in elementary, middle and secondary school. Participating teachers return to their schools with an enhanced understanding of parliamentary democracy and political process in B.C.

Upcoming Session

The next session of the B.C. Teachers' Institute on Parliamentary Democracy will be held from October 16-20, 2018 in Victoria.

Applications are being accepted until June 29, 2018.

Thank you to the 30 teachers from across the province who participated in the October 2017 session of the B.C. Teachers' Institute on Parliamentary Democracy. During an intensive four days in Victoria, the teachers collaborated to produce six engaging new lesson plans on topics related to governance, parliamentary procedure and democracy. Visit the Learning Resources page to access all lesson plans.

Benefits of the Teachers' Institute

Attendees can expect to:

  • Develop in-depth knowledge of B.C.'s parliamentary system;
  • Meet with MLAs and key Legislative Assembly staff;
  • Engage in discussions to further promote understanding of and appreciation for parliamentary democracy and the work of the Legislative Assembly;
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues from across the province to develop new lesson plans or classroom activities; and,
  • Share and receive resources on B.C.’s parliamentary system.


Both new and experienced teachers are invited to apply; however, all applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Applicant has not previously participated in a session of the B.C. Teachers’ Institute;
  • Applicant is a certified teacher and is currently working in B.C.’s K-12 education system;
  • Applicant will continue working in B.C.’s education system in the next school year.

Please Note: applications from learning assistance teachers, administrators or educators who are not currently working in a classroom setting will also be considered.


A registration fee of $175.00 includes all meals, accommodation and resources. Travel subsidies are available for teachers who reside in distant or remote locations outside Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

Teachers are responsible for arranging coverage of Teacher Teaching on Call costs through their school or district.

Download a brochure about the B.C. Teachers' Institute on Parliamentary Democracy.​


​The registration deadline for this session has now passed.

Please contact the Parliamentary Education Office for details regarding the next B.C. Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy at PEO@leg.bc.ca. Thank you for your interest.

Education steering Committee (new)

We are pleased to advise that members of the new Education Steering Committee for the Parliamentary Education Office at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia have been chosen.

We will be looking for dedicated educators who have previously attended a B.C. Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy and wish to provide their expertise on a wide variety of educational resources and programs in the summer of 2019.

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Teachers who have attended a prior session of the B.C. Teachers’ Institute on Parliamentary Democracy are eligible to apply to return as a facilitator.

Facilitators are the first point of contact and provide ongoing guidance and support to participants. Facilitators are expected to be approachable, knowledgeable and to have excellent organizational and leadership skills. In addition, facilitators will have the ability to promote discussion and critical inquiry into key aspects of parliamentary democracy. Successful applicants will have their travel, accommodation, meals and Teacher Teaching on Call costs paid for by the B.C. Teachers’ Institute.

Please note that the facilitator application deadline has passed. All applicants who had applied will hear back before the end of August.

​B.C. Teachers' Institute Alumni Corner

To update your Alumni contact information with the Parliamentary Education Office, please contact us by email at PEO@leg.bc.ca