Have you ever thought about running for public office? Do you wonder what it would be like to serve as a legislator?

If you have political aspirations, but want to know more about what being a legislator means and how to be effective in that role, you should apply to UBC’s Summer Institute for Future Legislators. The Institute provides intensive hands-on mentoring and training for anyone who seeks the experience and knowledge necessary to make a difference—whether at the local, provincial, or federal level.

The UBC Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions is soliciting applications from a diverse and cross-partisan group of people of all ages and backgrounds. The only prerequisite is legislative aspirations and a readiness to learn from highly experienced practitioners.

With local elections in October, many people are thinking about running for municipal office. This year’s program will have an added focus on local democracy and gender in politics.

Past practitioners include: George Abbott, Dawn Black, Larry Campbell, Ujjal Dosanjh, Mike Harcourt, Joy MacPhail, Preston Manning, Anne McLellan, Chuck Strahl, Carole Taylor & many others.

Topics include:

  • Legislatures & Legislative Life
  • Parliamentary Relationships
  • Political Ethics & Judgement
  • Working in the House
  • Municipal Politics
  • Gender in Politics
  • Communications
  • Representation
  • Constituency Service

APPLY ONLINE NOWApplications will be accepted on a rolling basis and seats are limited.


July 14th& 15th, July 28th & 39th
(held at UBC Point Grey Campus)
August 10th – 13th
(parliamentary simulation held in Victoria, BC).

Apply for a scholarship!
Thanks to the Vancouver Foundation, a limited number of scholarships are available. For more information, visit our website at http://www.democracy.arts.ubc.ca or contact: Rebecca.monnerat@ubc.ca.

*Current undergraduate UBC students wanting to take the program for course credit (registering for POLI 308b, a 3-credit course), visit our website or contact rebecca.monnerat@ubc.ca for information on the program fee, tuition fees and details on the five extra seminar dates.

We look forward to hearing from you!

“I can’t recommend this program enough! Had a great experience last year; it’s a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to get a sense of what working in politics might be like…and develop ideas for how we might practice politics in a better way!”

– Chris Gorczynski (IFL 2017)

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