Elections Canada contracted CIVIX—a non-partisan charity focused on building the skills and habits of citizenship among young Canadians—to conduct a parallel election for students under the voting age for the 42nd general election. In all, 922,000 students from Canada's 338 electoral districts participated in the program, making it the largest Student Vote to date.
This evaluation analyzes feedback and survey results from participating students, teachers and parents to assess the success of Student Vote in meeting Elections Canada's objectives for a student parallel election program. The evaluation found that, overall, the Student Vote program had a positive impact on students and teachers. Key findings show that Student Vote increased students' knowledge of and interest in politics, and their likelihood of discussing politics with friends and family more comfortably, factors that research has shown are important predictors of voting. The evaluation also found that the program has cumulative benefits, and both students and teachers reported high levels of satisfaction with their experience.