TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - For the very first time, students are
advising Canada's Minister of Finance, and the rest of the country, on
what should be the priorities of next year's federal budget.
The Student Budget Consultation is a new civic education and financial
literacy program that is being offered to high schools across the
country. More than 400 classes have registered to participate.
The purpose of the project is to increase students' knowledge about
Canadian government and public finances, heighten interest in public
policy and encourage debate about important issues facing the country.
The consultation website is now open at www.civix.ca/sbc.
The project offers a series of unique educational videos featuring Jim
Flaherty, Canada's Minister of Finance, which help teach students about
the federal government's revenue, expenses, debt and deficit.
Although the program is based on the federal budget, the project is not
about math or accounting; it's all about major national issues and
current affairs. From foreign investment to innovation and taxes to the
environment, students will listen to the opinions of political insiders
and political party representatives, including Peggy Nash, Scott Brison
and Elizabeth May.
Following the learning and dialogue, students will provide their
feedback on the 2013 budget priorities through an online survey. All
submissions received by December 20th will be incorporated into a report which will be shared with media and
the Department of Finance.
"We believe that if we can engage students in issues and dialogue
between elections, they will be more likely to participate in their
democracy and vote when there is an election," said Taylor Gunn,
President and CEO of CIVIX Canada. "Most importantly, young Canadians
will inherit the decisions made by government for years to come. They
deserve an opportunity to voice their concerns to government and have
an impact on the upcoming federal budget."
The Student Budget Consultation was made possible due to financial
support from the Youth Take Charge Program at the Department of
Canadian Heritage, Interac and the Canadian Association of Former
About CIVIX Canada
CIVIX Canada is a national charity that aims to build the capacity and
commitment of young Canadians to participate in their democracy.
CIVIX's flagship program is Student Vote, a parallel election for
students under the voting age coinciding with official election
For further information:
President, CIVIX Canada