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August 2016 Newsletter

Volume 8


In this issue

  • New research
    • 2015 National Youth Survey
    • Voter Turnout by Age Group in the 42nd General Election
    • On-Reserve Voter Turnout in the 42nd General Election
  • New tools
    • How to Engage Young Canadians—Samara
    • Youth Engagement Toolkit—Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health
    • Youth-Friendly Service—Apathy is Boring
  • Updates on Electoral Reform
    • Remarks of the Chief Electoral Officer before the Special Committee on Electoral Reform
  • Upcoming elections
    • Nova Scotia municipal elections
    • Saskatchewan rural and urban municipal elections
    • P.E.I. Plebiscite
  • Upcoming events
    • Canada's Democracy Week 2016
    • Everyday Political Citizen Contest

Updates on Electoral Reform

Remarks of the Chief Electoral Officer before the Special Committee on Electoral Reform

On July 7, 2016, Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand spoke before the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. He commented on their study on alternative voting systems, mandatory voting and online voting.

Upcoming events

Canada's Democracy Week 2016

There has never been a better time to discuss democracy, especially in the classroom. This year's theme for Canada's Democracy Week (CDW2016) is "Teaching democracy: Let's talk teacher needs."

CDW2016 will be launched on September 15, the International Day of Democracy, and will be wrapping up on September 22. Stay tuned to the website for more information to come!

Everyday Political Citizen Contest

Do you know an Everyday Political Citizen in your community? Everyday Political Citizen is an annual contest organized by Samara that highlights local stories about Canadians participating in their democracy. Do you know someone working to make their community better? Nominate them here! All are eligible and the contest runs from August 30 to October 13, 2016.

Upcoming elections

Nova Scotia

Municipal and school board elections to take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016.


Municipal elections for both urban and rural municipalities will be taking place on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Plebiscite in P.E.I.

Between October 29 and November 7, 2016, Prince Edward Island will be holding a plebiscite. Citizens will be asked to order five voting systems options by preference. The five options include: 1) the current first-past-the-post (FPTP), 2) a tweaked FPTP system, 3) preferential voting, 4) dual member proportional representation, 5) mixed member proportional representation.

The winner must have at least 50 plus 1 percent of the votes. Anyone aged 16 or older on November 7, 2016, is eligible to vote.

Tell us what you are doing

Have you recently conducted research on youth civic participation? Let us know and we'll include your research or information on our site.


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

New research

2015 National Youth Survey

Elections Canada (2015)

What factors affect youth voter turnout in Canada? This survey includes a random national sample of 1,000 young Canadians aged 18 to 34 and 503 adults aged 35 and older, plus an additional oversample of 1,506 youth from five groups of particular interest: Aboriginal youth, ethnocultural youth, youth residing in rural areas, youth with disabilities and unemployed youth. The National Youth Survey provides a unique portrait of youth voting behaviour in Canada, including the access and motivational barriers that deter youth from voting and the different information needs of young voters compared to older adults.

Voter Turnout by Age Group

Elections Canada (2015)

In the 42nd general election, voter turnout for youth increased by 18.3 percentage points compared to the 41st general election. This is the highest increase since Elections Canada began documenting this trend in 2004. Check out the Elections Canada website for more detailed information and infographics on voter turnout by age group in the 42nd general election.

Voter Turnout 2011-2015


On-Reserve Voter Turnout

Elections Canada (2015)

Voter turnout on First Nations reserves in the 42nd general election increased by 14 percentage points compared to the 41st general election. The gap between turnout on reserves and turnout in the general population is at its lowest since Elections Canada began tracking these data in 2004.

New tools

We've added many new tools and resources to Inspire Democracy. Here are just a couple.

How to Engage Young Canadians

Samara (2016)

Samara has created an informative poster (available for download) to show political leaders how to effectively engage young people. Developed by thirty young Everyday Political Citizens, the four main messages of the poster are: 1) "Recognize the diversity of youth", 2) "Forget talking about 'youth issues'", 3) "Use social media for meaningful conversations", 4) "Visit youth where they are".

Youth Engagement Toolkit

Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health (2014)

The Joint Consortium for School Health has created a helpful online toolkit to communicate the importance of youth engagement in school curriculums, to provide relevant research and rationale for the implementation of youth engagement in schools, and to act as a how-to guide with effective practices to support youth engagement.

Youth-Friendly Service—Apathy is Boring

Youth-Friendly Service (an Apathy is Boring initiative) provides tools and services to help organizations better engage their youth. Check out the website to learn more about creating your own workshops, presentations, audits and consultations to engage youth.