To make municipal politics accessible to all high school students
— Model City Hall’s Mission Statement
Creating Future Leaders in Municipal Politics
Model City Hall is a federally registered Canadian non-profit (986688-4) that is dedicated to encouraging youth involvement in municipal politics. Our non-profit holds a free, annual conference at Toronto City Hall.
At the event, students from all over the GTA will have the opportunity to participate in committees to play the roles of councilors, trustees, and health practitioners to debate and craft resolutions. These resolutions will be submitted to City Hall officials, creating a dialogue between the decision makers of today and tomorrow.
According to the City of Toronto, voter turnout during the 2014 municipal election was approximately 54.67%, with eligible voters aged 18-24 comprising the bulk of abstentions. There are many factors associated with lack of turnout from youth (e.g. socioeconomic factors), but the problem still stands: youth are becoming increasingly disenfranchised from municipal politics.
Although opportunities to stimulate civic engagement among youth such as the Model Parliament and Model UN are available, many of these are cost prohibitive and focus on international, federal, and provincial politics. MCH aspires to attract youth from all walks of life, including youth from TDSB model schools, low-income communities, and other marginalized backgrounds.
2014 Municipal Election Voter Turnout
What Does Model City Hall Do?
Hosts an annual, free conference where students will play the roles of councilors, trustees, and health practitioners to debate and craft resolutions.
Outreaches to students from different backgrounds – from TDSB model schools, low-income communities, and other marginalized backgrounds, Model City Hall aims for inclusivity.
Leads an ambassador program to enhance the outreach and directly start training youth. Ambassadors reach out to high school students across Ontario and are given the opportunity to help facilitate Model City Hall.
Connects youth to leaders within our community. All resolutions drafted in Model City Hall are submitted to City Hall officials, creating a dialogue between the decision makers of today and tomorrow. In addition, we have invited prominent municipal politicians to our events in order for students to directly connect with people who have a strong presence in municipal politics.