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Spring and Summer 2018 Newsletter

Volume 14

In this issue

The Inspire Democracy Team in Your Community

  • Engaging Electors with Disabilities – Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy
  • Inspire Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering

Upcoming Elections



  • Manitoba:
    • Dunnottar, Victoria Beach and Winnipeg Beach:
      July 27, 2018
    • All other municipalities:
      October 24, 2018
  • Northwest Territories: Cities, towns, and villages:
    October 15, 2018
  • Yukon: All municipalities:
    October 18, 2018
  • British Columbia: All municipalities:
    October 22, 2018
  • Ontario: All municipalities:
    October 22, 2018

Where we’ve been this spring

June 2018

  • Doors Open at the Elections Canada Distribution Centre (Ottawa)
  • People in Motion Trade Show (Toronto)
  • COPHAN – La Confédération des organismes de personnes handicapées du Québec (Montréal)

May 2018

  • Manito Ahbee Festival (Winnipeg)
  • Canadian Disability Studies Association Conference (Regina)
  • Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Congress (Regina)
  • Diversity Forum on Accessibility and Inclusion (Ottawa)

April 2018

  • Demo Day at Elections Canada Headquarters (Gatineau)
  • Disability, Technology and Inclusion OCAD University (Toronto)
  • Toronto Public Library (Toronto)
  • Boys and Girls Club Annual General Meeting (Charlottetown)
  • Special Olympics Ontario Workshop (Timmins)
  • Aboriginal Business Match West (Penticton)

March 2018

  • Equay-wuk Gathering (Sioux Lookout)
  • Apathy is Boring workshops (Montréal & Ottawa)
  • Springtide workshops (Charlottetown & Halifax)
  • Barrier-Free Manitoba Workshop (Winnipeg)
  • Indspire Soaring Youth Conference (Winnipeg)
  • Aboriginal Business Match BC (Port Hardy)

February 2018

  • Coming Up Together Conference (Ottawa)
  • Aboriginal Business Match Prairies (Regina)
  • Engaging Electors with Disabilities Workshop – Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy (Ottawa)

Invite Us!

Want to bring an Inspire Democracy workshop and interactive kiosk to your community? Consider inviting us to your next event! Write to us at:

New research

What makes a good democracy? Two researchers from the United States and Germany, Quinton Mayne and Brigitte Geißel, asked that question and found that the quality of democracy depends not only on the performance of democratic institutions but also on the dispositions of citizens. Read the research!

Tell us what you're doing

Have you recently conducted research on civic participation? Let us know and we'll share the results of your work or any useful information on our site.


We'd love to know what you think. Send us an email.

The Inspire Democracy Team in Your Community

The Inspire Democracy team has been in communities across Canada speaking with engaged citizens about how they and their organizations can help inspire civic engagement.

Engaging Electors with Disabilities Workshop – Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy (IFSD), University of Ottawa, February 2018

IFSD introducing the workshop
Clockwise from top left: Dr. Helaina Gaspard, Director of Governance and Institutions from IFSD introducing the workshop; one of the many service and support animals present at the workshop; workshop participants and DemocracyTalks.

The IFSD brought together over 30 people to discuss their experiences of voting while living with disabilities. Participants also explored ways to promote accessible voting. Read IFSD's report on the workshop here.

Inspire Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering
March 2018, Winnipeg

Inspire Democracy in Toronto
Clockwise from top left: Students at Indspire Soaring discuss civic engagement with the Inspire Democracy team; Chelsea (Outreach) welcomes students to our Voting Lunch exercise; Indspire students take part in a DemocracyTalks exercise.

In March, the Inspire Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering brought together in Winnipeg over 1,000 Indigenous youth from across the country. Participants took part in workshops and discussions designed to fuel their creativity and explore civic engagement.

Students had the opportunity to try an e-polling activity during the Elections Canada–sponsored lunch, meet with staff for one-on-one discussions, attend Inspire Democracy workshops and visit our interactive kiosk.

Congratulations to the Inspire Soaring organizers for their important role in training and mentoring the leaders and engaged citizens of tomorrow!

General Updates From our Partners


Young people aren't afraid to speak up about politics. They're getting involved through local youth councils set up by elected officials, which provide non-partisan forums for young Canadians to discuss political issues while enabling political leaders to consult with young constituents. To better understand youth councils and to help elected representatives run their own, Samara produced a practical guide and a report based on interviews with members of Parliament, constituency office staff, and involved youth.

Our Newsletter Redesign!

Inspire is redesigning its newsletter. Look for changes in fall 2018.