Welcome to Citizen Factory

Parliament is confusing. That's why Citizen Factory is here - it's an online resource for Canadian youth created by Apathy is Boring . Our goal is to make information about Parliament accessible and meaningful so you can understand how your government works. There are four basic elements in Citizen Factory:

MPs

MPs are the people Canadians elect to represent us in the House of Commons. Take a look at your their profiles to see what they're doing and how you can contact them.

Senators

Senators also represent Canadians, just in the Senate. Take a look at their profiles to see what they're doing and how you can contact them.

Committees

Committees are small groups of MPs and Senators who study a bill or an issue in detail, so they can make recommendations to the rest of Parliament. Find out what committees your MP or Senator is a member of.

Bills

Bills are proposed laws that Parliament is considering. Find out what bills are currently in progress and what MPs or Senators are saying about them.

You can use this information to take action as a citizen, or bring Citizen Factory into the classroom using our Teacher's Guide.

Parliament of Canada Website and Resources

The Library of Parliament has produced a number of resources on behalf of Parliament:
How Canadians Govern Themselves by Eugene Forsey is a great way to learn all about the workings of Parliament.
Our Country, Our Parliament is designed specifically for youth and people learning English or French to learn about Canada's Parliament.
Youth Connection has links to all the youth friendly web and print products, along with job opportunities and outreach activities on Parliament Hill.

You can get more resources from the Library of Parliament, in print and online.

There are also a number of glossaries available on the Parliament of Canada website:
Glossary of Parliamentary Procedure
Compendium – House of Commons Procedure Online
Glossary of Parliamentary Terms for intermediate students
Glossary of Parliamentary Terms for younger students