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 In the meantime, please note that some documents may contain some outdated information.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.
(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.
NOTES ABOUT THESE LINKS:
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:
(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.