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City Hall, including the front service counter, is closed to the public. Access is limited to members of Council, staff and accredited media. City Hall tours and programs have been suspended until further notice. Learn more at edmonton.ca/COVID-19

During a tour at City Hall, students will gain a better understanding of how their local government works and offers the opportunity to experience first hand what happens at City Hall.

Students will be led through an interactive tour of this unique, award-winning building to see where some of Edmonton's important decisions are made. A highlight of the tour is a visit to Council Chambers where students may even have the opportunity to observe council at work!

School Tour Request Form

Due to COVID-19, school tours are on hold until further notice.

  • Tours are offered to all grades
  • Tours can be tailored for special needs and interests
  • Tour Guides are scheduled as needed, it's important you arrive at your confirmed date and time
  • Sometimes the Office of the City Clerk has to schedule a meeting in the River Valley Room (where mock councils are held) on short notice and at a time that has already been confirmed for a school
  • We'll work with your to find a solution, but in some cases mock councils have to be cancelled 

French Translation

  • City Hall Tour Guides do not speak French, the tour will be in English
  • You can lead your class through their Mock Council in French, translated forms are available

 

Grade 6 Social Studies

Find out how many of the Grade 6 Social Studies outcomes, values, attitudes, skills and processes identified in the Alberta Education Program of Studies we can help you realize through a tour and mock council.

This program includes:

  • 60-minute tour of City Hall
  • 60-minute Mock Council Meeting involving class participation 

Prepare For Your Visit

Mock Council is an exciting part of the program where students hold their own council meeting. Before you arrive, please ensure you have prepared your class in the following ways:

Select Issue to Debate

Choose an issue related to the students' community or is a local issue. In the past, classes have chosen to debate topics such as:

Tag-a-Bag

Keeping a backyard bee colony

Backyard chickens

Banning plastic grocery bags

Tolls for major roads

Ride sharing companies

Select Students Roles

Select students to play roles for the Mock Council:

  • 1 Mayor
  • 12 Councillors – one of which will act as the Deputy Mayor
  • 1 City Clerk
  • 2-4 interested citizens or organizations (such as members of a community league, school, City department, businesses or neighbours) who wish to speak about the issue
  • 3-4 representatives from the media - radio, TV or newspaper - who will sit in the media area, take notes on our media clipboards and take photos with your school camera during the council meeting. (Remember to bring a camera!)
Students Complete Mock Council Prep Sheet

Have students fill in the Mock Council Prep Sheet. It will assist in compiling their research. Students are able to bring these sheets with them to reference during Mock Council if needed.

Mock Council Prep Sheet

Give Us Your Feedback

School Tour Feedback

Cancellations

If you need to cancel your tour contact us as soon as possible.

Call: 780-944-7745

Email Us

For More Information

City Hall Tours

Telephone

780-944-7745

Email cityhallbookings@edmonton.ca

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