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Summer 2015 Newsletter

Volume 5


In this Issue

  • New research
    1. Voter Turnout among Younger Canadians and Visible Minority Canadians: Evidence from the Provincial Diversity Project
    2. Samara's Democracy 360
  • New tools
    1. Par ici la démocratie – Quebec National Assembly toolkit (in French only)
  • Get ready to vote in 2015
    1. Where, when and ways to vote
  • Ongoing initiatives
    1. Updates from Inspire Democracy

Ongoing Initiatives

Updates from Inspire Democracy – Webinar 3

The Inspire Democracy Team hosted its third webinar, Ready to Vote, on May 21. Check out the presentation on our website to find out all you need to know about registering and voting. If you are interested in having Elections Canada conduct a webinar for you and your colleagues, please contact us. 

Stay tuned for more Webinars and activities in the months to come!

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Summer began just a few days ago, and we want to take this opportunity to tell you about some new resources and tools we've added to our website.

New research

Voter Turnout among Younger Canadians and Visible Minority Canadians: Evidence from the Provincial Diversity Project

Antoine Bilodeau and Luc Turgeon (2015)

In this report, professors Antoine Bilodeau and Luc Turgeon look at voter turnout among youth and visible minorities in both federal and provincial elections. They use data from the Provincial Diversity Project survey, which included close to 10,000 online interviews. The authors find that youth are more likely to be habitual non-voters than older Canadians, and that visible minorities are more likely to be habitual non-voters than the general population.

Samara’s Democracy 360

Jane Hilderman, Kendall Anderson and Alison Loat (2015)

Samara's Democracy 360, a report card on the state of Canada's democracy, focuses on the complex relationship between citizens and political leadership. The report expands the measurement of democracy and kick-starts a conversation using measurable indicators focused on three areas essential to a healthy democracy: communication, participation and political leadership.


New Tools

We've added many new tools and resources to our website. Here are just a few. Be sure to check the website to see the full list of available tools.

Student Vote - Register your school for the 2015 election now!

A CIVIX initiative

Student Vote is a program in which students under the voting age can participate in a parallel election coinciding with official election periods. The purpose of the program is to provide young Canadians with an opportunity to experience the democratic process and practise the habits of informed and engaged citizenship.

The program combines in-class learning, family dialogue, media analysis and an authentic voting experience. Register your school for the 2015 election now!

Par ici la démocratie

Quebec National Assembly toolkit (in French only)

“Par ici la démocratie”, a website created by the Quebec National Assembly, teaches users about important events in Quebec's democratic history from the 15th century to today. By taking a historical approach, this tool encourages users to expand their knowledge of democratic life. The documents in this section (articles, videos and others) are royalty‑free for educational purposes when the source is cited.


Get ready to vote in 2015

Where, when and ways to vote

Elections Canada is the official source of information on where, when and ways to vote.

Social media

Follow Elections Canada's new Twitter account, @ElectionsCan_E, for information on where, when and ways to vote.

Are you registered to vote?

To vote, you need to be registered. Check, update or complete your registration using the Online Voter Registration Service. It is easy and will save you time when you go vote.

Working in the election

During an election, more than 200,000 Canadians are hired across the country. To find out more or apply online, go to elections.ca.