About Citizen Factory

Parliament is confusing. MPs are constantly pairing their votes or passing dilatory motions, yet most of us have no idea what that means. As a result, it's often easier to ignore Parliament than to understand it.

That's why Citizen Factory is here - it's an online resource for Canadian youth created by Apathy is Boring. Our goal is to help you make sense of Parliament. It's a two-step process: first Citizen Factory aggregates all the Parliamentary information that we can find. Next, we distill that information, so that it's easier to understand how your government works.

Canada

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage. The opinions expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

How does it work?

The information in Citizen Factory is compiled from a number of different sources, ranging from the Library of Parliament to Twitter. This hard work is done by a team of magical elves, located in a secret workshop somewhere north of Baffin Island.

Alright, so we made up that last part. The first version of Citizen Factory was launched in 2010, and the magic behind this version was provided by Nicolas Cadou.

Teacher's Guide

Want to teach your students about the legislative process without losing them in paperwork and jargon? Apathy is Boring has developed a set of lesson plans and resources to help you bring Citizen Factory into the classroom.

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