Civics For Kids: Should Kids Have the Right To Vote?

Blog Post created by teachontarioteam on Apr 21, 2015


We've teamed up with the Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust (CCLET) to create a series of civics scenarios, each focusing on a specific right or freedom. We encourage parents and teachers to take 15 minutes of the day to tell kids a story and ask the questions below, which are age-specific. There are no rules except to be open to everyone's ideas and remember there are no right answers. Feel free to come up with your own questions, and please share what you learned in the comments below. This month we take a look at the right to vote, and the rules that limit that right.




Students learned that their school was going to be closed. The plan was to send students to three different schools, much further away. The students were upset by this because it meant they’d no longer be able to walk to school, and they’d be separated from their friends. In the hope of changing the trustees’ minds, they asked to meet with the school board to present their concerns. The trustees did hear the students out, but closed the school anyway. As elected officials, they alone had the power to make the final decision. The students said this was unfair because they were too young to vote for trustees, or to run for a trustee position themselves.