Federal Provincial Simulation

Fed-Prov is run by the History Department. Each year between 15
to 25 students from grades 10 to 12 participate.Fed-Prov is short for “Federal-Provincial Simulation”, a 16 school, two-day event, held at the University of Waterloo, where GRCI students meet with hundreds of other students, from Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, engaging in discussion and debate about many of the most critical and important issues facing our province and country today!
This annual conference began back in 1967, and well known speakers at the event have included former Canadian prime ministers Joe Clark and Jean Chretien, as well as former Ontario premier Bob Rae. Each year, the GRCI team spends October to December preparing its position representing a provincial or territorial government or the press. Other schools are assigned the roles of various other provincial or territorial governments, the Canadian government, or the press. As well, each school may construct a website to advertise its province/territory.


Most students have never participated in a conference like this before, where they have to engage in dialogue, debate and conciliation with students from 16 secondary schools in Waterloo County. GRCI has always brought forth ideas that have addressed the critical issues facing Canada today, including solutions for economic crises, concerns about health care, the reforming of our electoral system, changes to the legal system, and better ways to protect the environment.

Students from Grand River have received nominations and awards for their fine work at the conference, as delegates and as leaders. The GRCI delegation has also won the K-W Record Press award for producing the top newspaper at the conference.

Check out the Fed-Prov information exhibit displayed in the fall of each year in the main foyer during GRCI Club Week. Interested students are encouraged to sign up, particularly those who have an interest in one or more of the following areas: politics, history, the environment, native affairs, economics, law and justice.