Accessing Ottawa: High School students get inside look at Canadian government

Earlier this year, 21 high school students were selected from across Canada to participate in Access Ottawa, an innovative, week-long, political experiential learning program.

Through discussion sessions, tours and first-hand meetings, these students will meet and interact with Members of Parliament and other key government leaders. They will also participate in custom-made seminars and workshops, visit Ottawa attractions and museums, and learn about the institutions and people who are vital to the process of Canadian government—all while staying in a restored historic mansion only eight blocks from Parliament Hill. Entitled the Laurentian Leadership Centre (LLC), the historic mansion is an extension of Trinity Western University whose main campus is located in Langley, BC.

“By learning about the people and process of government in an exciting and relevant way,” says Don Page, PhD, the program's director, “students realize that they have a vital role in Canada's future.”

The program has already attracted the attention of current political leaders. “Access Ottawa allows high school students an inside look at the people and politics of Canada, and a chance to explore how they can have a role in making our country a better place,” says Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board.

For more information, visit the program's website,, or contact Mark Lott at

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,300 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 15 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum