Presented by CIVIX


The Student Budget Consultation provides youth with an opportunity to learn about the government’s revenues and expenditures, discuss important political issues and suggested policies, and offer their insights on the priorities of the upcoming federal budget. The opinions of students are collected through a survey and the results are shared with the Department of Finance.

Watch the introduction video with Minister Morneau:



After acquiring background knowledge, researching the major issues and listening to varying perspectives, students offered their opinions on the federal budget to the Department of Finance.

More than 7,000 students from across Canada, representing every province and territory, participated in the 2017 Student Budget Consultation and the results were analyzed by Vox Pop Labs.

Results from the 2017 Student Budget Consultation:



To prepare for the consultation, youth were encouraged to become informed about the budget, explore current national issues and compare differing viewpoints about budget priorities.

The project has three learning phases:

  • BUDGET BASICS – Learn about the budget basics through a series of non-partisan animated videos outlining the Government of Canada’s revenues and expenditures.
  • KEY ISSUES – Listen to experts and pundits weigh in on the major themes of the 2017 Student Budget Consultation and share different fiscal policies to address the issues.
  • PARTY PERSPECTIVES – Compare the ideas and budget priorities of the five parties represented in the House of Commons.



CIVIX has engaged high school students in three previous Student Budget Consultations at the federal level. View the highlights from each below: