How do governments make decisions? How can non-profit organizations engage people in local decision-making? How can communities claim their rights by engaging and working with government and other decision-making bodies?

CivicsXchange is a civic literacy program, using a resident-centred approach to civics, community building and advocacy. Participants from community- and issue-based groups working on poverty reduction efforts will have access to a variety of learning opportunities, including workshops, site visits, mentorship and community-based activities.

Participants will:

  • Explore dynamics of power, equity and rights
  • Identify what is possible in their communities and governments
  • Learn about strategies for engaging decision-makers to change systems that create poverty
  • Explore and experiment with approaches and tools to support resident-informed, directed and led engagement strategies

Learn more about CivicsXchange, the schedule and faculty (PDF).

The application deadline for the 2017/18 program has passed.

For more information about the program, please contact Effie Vlachoyannacos at or 416-944-2627.