Course Code: CGC1W
Course Type: Academic
Delivery Options Available: Online / In Class ( You can only choose one )
Prerequisite: None
Tuition Fee (CAD): $499


Course Description for CGC1W Grade 9, Issues in Canadian Geography

Grade 9, Issues in Canadian Geography (CGC1W),  examines interrelationships within and between Canada’s natural and human systems and how these systems interconnect with those in other parts of the world. Students will explore environmental, economic, and social geographic issues relating to topics such as transportation options, energy choices, and urban development. Students will apply the concepts of geographical thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate various geographic issues and to develop possible approaches for making Canada a more sustainable place in which to live.

Summary Of Units And Timelines For Grade 9 Issues In Canadian Geography CGC1D

Below is the suggested sequence for delivering course units, along with the recommended number of hours to complete each unit. For comprehensive details on the targeted expectations within each unit and activity, please refer to the Unit Overview in the CGC1D course profile.

Unit Order Unit Name Suggested Time
Unit 1
What is Geography?
12 Hours
Unit 2
Interactions in the Physical Environment
25 Hours
Unit 3
Managing Canada’s Resources and industries
25 Hours
Unit 4
Changing Populations
20 Hours
Unit 5
Livable Communities
20 Hours
6 Hours
2 Hours



110 Hours

Please be aware that, as per Ministry guidelines, CanSTEM Education has a mandatory minimum requirement of 14 days enrolment for students to be eligible for a midterm report card and 28 days enrolment to be eligible for a final report card.

Fundamental Concepts Covered In Grade 9 CGC1W
1. Geographic Inquiry and Skill Development
Geographic Inquiry: use the geographic inquiry process and the concepts of geographic thinking when investigating issues relating to Canadian geography
Developing Transferable Skills: apply in everyday contexts skills, including spatial technology skills, developed through the investigation of Canadian geography, and identify some careers in which a background in geography might be an asset
2. Interactions in the Physical Environment
The Physical Environment and Human Activities: analyze various interactions between physical processes, phenomena, and events and human activities in Canada
Interrelationships between Physical Systems, Processes, and Events: analyze characteristics of various physical processes, phenomena, and events affecting Canada and their interrelationship with global physical systems
The Characteristics of Canada’s Natural Environment: describe various characteristics of the natural environment and the spatial distribution of physical features in Canada, and explain the role of physical processes, phenomena, and events in shaping them
3. Managing Canada’s Resources and Industries
The Sustainability of Resources: analyze impacts of resource policy, resource management, and consumer choices on resource sustainability in Canada
The Development of Resources: analyze issues related to the distribution, availability, and development of natural resources in Canada from a geographic perspective
Industries and Economic Development: assess the relative importance of different industrial sectors to the Canadian economy and Canada’s place in the global economy, and analyze factors that influence the location of industries in these sectors
4. Changing Populations
Population Issues: analyze selected national and global population issues and their implications for Canada
Immigration and Cultural Diversity: describe the diversity of Canada’s population, and assess some social, economic, political, and environmental implications of immigration and diversity for Canada
Demographic Patterns and Trends: analyze patterns of population settlement and various demographic characteristics of the Canadian population
5. Livable Communities
The Sustainability of Human Systems: analyze issues relating to the sustainability of human systems in Canada
Impacts of Urban Growth: analyze impacts of urban growth in Canada
Characteristics of Land Use in Canada: analyze characteristics of land use in various Canadian communities, and explain how some factors influence land-use patterns
Teaching And Learning Strategies

CanSTEM Education utilizes a variety of effective teaching and learning strategies to enhance both online and in-class experiences. The course incorporates direct instruction led by teachers, fostering engagement through class activities and discussions. Students benefit from teacher modeling, small group discussions, partner conferencing, and group-based reading, which promote collaborative learning. The integration of computers and the internet facilitates access to digital resources, while video and audio materials support diverse learning styles. Silent individual reading, independent work, and brainstorming sessions encourage critical thinking and autonomy. Additionally, experiential learning through role-playing and problem-solving exercises ensures a practical understanding of concepts, making the learning experience dynamic and comprehensive.

Assessment & Evaluation
Assessment and Evaluation Strategies

Assessment Strategy

Assessment for Learning Assessment as Learning Assessment of Learning
Student Product Student Product Student Product
  • Quizzes
  • Self-assessment (checklist)
  • Quizzes
  • Self-assessment (checklist)
  • Laboratory reports
  • Assignments
  • Written Reports
  • Rough Drafts
  • Peer Feedback
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Unit Tests
  • Laboratory Reports
  • Assignments
  • Written Reports
  • Research/presentation
  • Exam
Observation Observation Observation
  • Class discussion in forums
  • Peer and self-proofreading
  • Presentations via PowerPoint, video etc.
  • Performance tasks in virtual setting or by video
  • Presentations via PowerPoint, video etc.
  • Performance tasks in virtual setting or by video
Conversation Conversation Conversation
  • Peer discussions
  • Student-teacher discussion
  • Pair or small group discussions
  • Peer discussions
  • Student-teacher discussion
  • Pair or small group discussions
  • Peer discussions
  • Student-teacher discussion
  • Individual, Pair or small group discussions

Grade Evaluation

Category Methods Final Grade Breakdown
Knowledge and Understanding
  • Tests
  • Textbook questions
Thinking and Inquiry
  • Discovery exercises
  • Extension questions
  • Reflections
  • Tests
  • Research papers
  • Reflection
  • Journals
  • Presentations
  • Internet research
  • Projects
Final Exam
  • Final Summative Evaluation

Teachers will bring additional resources and teaching materials that provide a rich and diverse learning environment. Units in this course profile make specific reference to the intended textbook for this course but can be substituted for any relevant and approved text.

Textbook: Gage Learning: Human Geography (Discovering Global Systems and Patterns)

Making Connections: Canada’s Geography

Reference: Canadian and World Studies, The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 9 and 10, 2018 (Revised) Ministry of Education of Ontario

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is CGC1D?

CGC1D is a Grade 9 Issues in Canadian Geography course at an academic level.

What Are 1D Courses?

1D refers to the Grade level of the courses and the pathway. 1 means it is a grade 9 course and D means it is an academic level course.CGC1D is a Grade 9 Issues in Canadian Geography course at an academic level.

What Is The Prerequisite Course For CGC1D?

Prerequisite: None

How Long Does It Take To Complete The CGC1D Online Course?

At CanSTEM Education you can complete a high school credit courses as quickly as 4 weeks, or take as long as 12 months.

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