Low voter turnout is still disproportionately concentrated among young Canadians. However, in the 2015 federal election, 57% of youth aged 18 to 24 cast a ballot, up 18 percentage points from 2011.
1 Young Canadians are less likely to vote than their parents or grandparents.
2 Young electors are less likely to take up the habit of voting as they grow older.
There is a role for parties and candidates, but…
Young people are less likely to be contacted by a party or candidate than older people, but those who are contacted are more likely to vote.
National Youth Survey
Who should be most responsible for encouraging young people to vote?
Who should be most responsible for encouraging young people to learn about the electoral process?
Canadian Election Study
Parents & Teachers
Provincial & Territorial Electoral Management Bodies
of parents reported that their interest increased as a result of their child's participation.
(60% in 2011)
After completing Student Vote, students more likely to agree voting is a civic responsibility
for elementary students
(up from 27% before the program)
for secondary students
(up from 26% before the program)
Teacher satisfaction was very high, with
of participating teachers saying they would very likely participate in the program in the future.
(95% in 2011)
People who took a course on government had a higher turnout.
19 percentage points*
(65% Compared to 46%)
*Up 5 percentage points from 2011
"We need a concerted effort across the country that allows all of us—parents, educators, youth, politicians, media and electoral agencies—to work together to address and reverse this trend and give young Canadians the tools they need to play an active role in a democratic life."
Chief Electoral Officer of Canada