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Building Youth Civic Engagement through Collaboration

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On June 5, 2012, Elections Canada and Canada's Public Policy Forum met in Ottawa with stakeholders from across the country to discuss ways to address issues of youth civic engagement, specifically youth voter turnout. The Roundtable on Youth Voter Engagement brought together over 30 representatives from civil society, the private sector and government, including educators, student leaders, representatives of youth-serving organizations and the media.

Recognizing the complexity of the issue, participants proposed multiple solutions to address declining youth voter turnout based on a collaborative approach to engaging with youth on an ongoing basis – not only at election time. Participants agreed that civic education must be at the core of youth engagement, and that a multi-faceted approach to engagement would be most effective.

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