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Missed the Virtual Information Session? Watch the session recording to learn more about the Institute for Future Legislators 2023. 

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet our program leaders, learn more about the 2023 program, ask your questions about the application process and more. 

What does it take to be a legislator in Canada? And equally important, what does it mean - and what could it mean?

The Institute for Future Legislators at Toronto Metropolitan University seeks to engage thoughtful community members who are interested in exploring not only what today’s legislatures look like, but what could be - particularly those from groups underrepresented as legislators today. The Institute welcomes anyone who wants to understand what it looks like to be elected to office, leading with authenticity grounded in values, and transforming political representation. That includes people who may not see themselves or their aspirations reflected in today’s legislators, those who want to create change, and those who want to better understand how our governments work.

The Institute offers intensive, hands-on mentoring and training from current and former legislators, senior civil servants, high-profile journalists and successful advocates. The program, which runs over three weekends in May and June, culminates in a trip to Ottawa (pandemic permitting) and where participants put their learning into practice in an intensive parliamentary simulation.

Kathleen Wynne at IFLR  (external link, opens in new window) 

May 27, 2019
Boot camp launched for those interested in running for politics (CHCH News) (external link, opens in new window) 
Former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne providing just a taste of what the Institute for future legislators offers. 

Steven Paikin at IFLR  (opens in new window) 

Max Cameron and Steve Paikin speaking about IFLR (opens in new window)  at the Political Civility in the Age of Partisan Polarization event on March 11, 2019