The 2015 federal election marked the largest increase for voter participation among youth aged 18—24 since Elections Canada began reporting demographic data in 2004. During the 2019 federal election, voter participation for youth decreased by 3.2 percentage points to 53.9%. Voter turnout among this age group remains lower than the national average (67%).
Youth – both students and non-students – face several barriers to participating in federal elections.
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