Building the Future

Component: Economic Citizenship | Grade Level: Grade 9-10

Learning Targets:

Targets for knowledge, skills, and behaviours below are possible targets. It is not expected that all will be covered by a single Teaching Unit. Teachers can select their learning targets using the Teaching Units provided (to the right), adaptations of these Teaching Units, or Units/Lesson Plans they develop on their own.


  • Possible goals for the economy
  • How various factors can affect growth, employment, incomes, and quality of life in the economy
  • How the decisions and actions of individuals, organizations, business, and governments can affect productivity, innovation, employment, inflation, incomes, and growth in the economy as well as the environment
  • Factors that can affect the distribution of income
  • How government policies and actions can affect the distribution of income
  • Compare environmental conditions, and efforts to improve the environment, in various countries
  • Different views on the role of government in the economy


  • Discuss factors that can affect the nation’s ability to achieve its economic goals
  • Compare and assess different economic policies and priorities implemented or proposed by government and other political parties
  • Consider and assess economic activity as potentially helpful or harmful to the environment
  • Identify taxes paid to different levels of government


  • Make informed assessments and judgements, of government actions and political alternatives
  • Act in a manner respectful, and helpful, to the environment
  • Have a sense of compassion for the needs and circumstances of others
  • Complete a tax return and pay their fair share of taxes

Teaching Unit:

Building the Future

Students need to understand the factors that affect Canada’s ability to achieve its economic goals. They should be able to make informed assessments and judgements of the actions and initiatives undertaken, or proposed by, governments and other groups in our society.

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