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National Youth Survey Report

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Main Findings


  • Elections Canada has a legislated mandate to conduct voter education and information programs (Canada Elections Act, subsection 18(1)), particularly for those persons and groups most likely to experience difficulties in exercising their democratic rights.
  • Youth voter participation has been declining for many years and is a main contributor to the overall decline in turnout in Canada.
  • The National Youth Survey was conducted to better understand the reasons why youth may or may not participate in the electoral process.
  • This information will help Elections Canada to target and tailor its outreach activities and educational initiatives.
  • The survey took place following the May 2011 federal general election, and included a national random sample of 1,372 youth and young adults aged 18 to 34 years. It also included a non-random sample of 1,293 youth from the following subgroups: Aboriginal youth, ethnocultural youth, youth in rural areas, youth with disabilities and unemployed youth not in school.
  • The study provides a unique portrait of youth voting behaviour in Canada Continue reading »

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