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Estimation of Registration Rates by Age

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To vote in federal elections, Canadians must first register so that their names appear on the voters list. Since 1997, Elections Canada has maintained the National Register of Electors, a permanent, continually updated database of Canadians who are qualified to vote. The Register is used to create voters lists for each election. Information for the list is obtained from different federal, provincial and territorial government sources. Elections Canada also mails out registration packages to potential electors—including Canadians who have just turned 18 and new citizens—and conducts door-to-door enumeration in areas of high mobility during elections.

As of October 2016, 95.6% of the estimated population of Canadian electors appeared in the National Register of Electors. As illustrated in the table below, registration rates increase steadily by age. Eighteen-year-olds, who have just become eligible to vote for the first time, have the lowest registration rate at 35.8%. The rate increases considerably to 75.4% for 19-year-olds and reaches 85.4% for those aged 23. At age 26, the rate begins to average over 91% and continues to increase incrementally by age.

Electors can verify and update their registration online at www.elections.ca.



Eligible electorsFootnote 1 and registered electors by ageFootnotes 2, 3, 4, Canada, October 2016

Graph - Estimated Electoral Population* and Registered Electors by Age (October 2016)

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Notes:

Footnote 1Based on counts from Statistics Canada (2011 Census of Population and estimates from the 2011 National Household Survey, adjusted for census net undercoverage and demographic growth). Eligible electors are Canadian citizens aged 18 and over.

Footnote 2 Source: National Register of Electors.

Footnote 3 The National Register of Electors contains some records of deceased electors and non-citizens, and duplicate records which explains why registered electors are greater than eligible electors at some ages.

Footnote 4 Persons aged 91 years old and over excluded.

Eligible electors and registered electors by age, Canada, October 2016
Age Eligible electors Registered electors Registration rate (%)3
18 to 90 26,857,321 25,630,032 95.4
18 384,042 137,537 35.8
19 392,854 296,336 75.4
20 410,966 329,927 80.3
21 420,360 352,413 83.8
22 430,419 363,325 84.4
23 444,008 378,990 85.4
24 458,532 391,792 85.4
25 462,073 397,941 86.1
26 449,017 409,308 91.2
27 439,359 401,749 91.4
28 429,850 394,186 91.7
29 430,253 396,374 92.1
30 440,150 404,899 92.0
31 448,797 414,189 92.3
32 451,475 421,692 93.4
33 450,125 418,476 93.0
34 447,137 419,123 93.7
35 447,632 416,545 93.1
36 443,255 415,505 93.7
37 434,964 419,081 96.3
38 429,564 418,455 97.4
39 428,773 421,048 98.2
40 431,849 421,838 97.7
41 433,027 426,128 98.4
42 428,128 418,931 97.9
43 426,536 420,981 98.7
44 432,540 426,890 98.7
45 447,847 444,543 99.3
46 449,741 446,926 99.4
47 445,063 445,641 100.1
48 444,322 445,277 100.2
49 449,588 445,481 99.1
50 469,830 464,127 98.8
51 501,796 496,833 99.0
52 523,312 520,391 99.4
53 529,520 529,866 100.1
54 523,620 522,340 99.8
55 527,575 516,354 97.9
56 526,059 518,033 98.5
57 519,278 509,823 98.2
58 511,718 495,803 96.9
59 497,078 491,695 98.9
60 480,481 474,701 98.8
61 468,852 464,857 99.1
62 451,183 451,636 100.1
63 428,857 427,670 99.7
64 409,732 411,210 100.4
65 397,952 394,908 99.2
66 385,871 384,932 99.8
67 376,414 377,026 100.2
68 372,279 367,708 98.8
69 369,480 373,844 101.2
70 327,687 328,286 100.2
71 290,586 286,767 98.7
72 276,791 276,145 99.8
73 263,348 265,713 100.9
74 242,445 244,685 100.9
75 226,246 224,481 99.2
76 209,864 211,102 100.6
77 195,841 197,572 100.9
78 183,534 186,343 101.5
79 169,461 172,708 101.9
80 160,233 164,713 102.8
81 149,546 155,397 103.9
82 137,699 144,311 104.8
83 130,037 135,769 104.4
84 123,807 129,718 104.8
85 115,761 119,264 103.0
86 106,581 110,696 103.9
87 93,538 95,235 101.8
88 83,706 85,854 102.6
89 73,748 75,219 102.0
90 63,732 64,770 101.6