Online Resources for Teachers


The following materials are intended to help teachers familiarize themselves with how the law addresses the issue of alcohol, and to suggest some ways to help their students gain a greater understanding of alcohol use, as well as its legal implications.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In 2012, Parliament passed Bill C-10, which introduced some changes to laws affecting youth, such as the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). The materials on this site are currently being revised to reflect these legislative changes, and the updated versions will be posted as they are completed. In the meantime, please note that some documents may contain some outdated information. To see a summary of the changes to the YCJA, please refer to this page on the Parliament of Canada website.


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NEW ACTIVITY – Kyle’s Choice: An Interactive Fiction Game About the YCJA


(Activity - Intended for Teachers, Secondary Grade Level) This document is intended for use as a complete class activity. The objective is for students to learn more about what the role alcohol plays in their lives, and what the law says about alcohol and youth. The document can be used both…


The following links are to external resources that teachers may find useful for lesson plan source material, student exploration and expansion of personal knowledge on this topic. Please contact us to report any broken links.


  • These external links are provided as a convenience for our visitors. While we try to make sure they are current and accurate, the John Howard Society of Alberta is not responsible for them, or the currency,  accuracy or quality of the information they contain.
  • Any links marked with a strikethrough (like this) have been automatically marked as broken and will be fixed eventually. If you have an updated link for a broken one, please let us know.

Legislation Online


Youth Criminal Justice Act  at Justice Canada

Youth Criminal Justice Act at Canadian Legal Information Institute (one page, searchable with your browser’s Find function)

Criminal Code of Canada at Justice Canada

Criminal Code of Canada at Canadian Legal Information Institute (one page, searchable with your browser’s Find function)


Queen’s Printer of Alberta
Follow the link above and use the page’s Search function (upper right corner) to find:

  • Alberta Traffic Safety Act
  • Alberta Liquor and Gaming Act

Resources and Further Information

P.A.R.T.Y. Program
(Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth)
“The PARTY Program encourages grade nine youth to look at risk-taking and the use of alcohol, and examine the realities and impact of drinking and driving. Partners include RCMP, Victim Services, local schools, a variety of community volunteers, Healthcare Centre staff and Health Promotion Services staff.” The site has plenty of useful information. For local activities, Alberta Health Services maintains a list of Alberta-based programs and contact information.

Change the Conversation
A site dedicated to changing attitudes towards impaired driving and reducing alcohol-related traffic deaths. The following sections may be of interest to teachers and students.

The Canadian Encyclopedia: Prohibition
An entry from the Canadian Encyclopedia that gives a brief history of Prohibition in Canada. Useful for student or teacher research into the history of alcohol law in Canada and Alberta.

Addiction Services – Youth Counselling
A list of programs across the province of Alberta. List maintained by Alberta Health Services.