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Inspire Democracy is an Elections Canada program that works with stakeholders to reduce barriers to electoral participation.

Research shows that some communities face more barriers than others when it comes to registering and voting, working at the polls or being a candidate in a federal election. While we work with many communities in different contexts, we work mostly with those facing the greatest barriers:

Inspire Democracy helps address barriers to electoral participation by providing tools for engaging with community leaders and organizations that represent these communities.

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Inspire Democracy Program: 2021 at a glance

Given the exceptional circumstances of running an election during a pandemic, the Inspire Democracy program had to adapt its outreach strategy in 2021.

619 members of the Inspire Democracy network engaged to reduce barriers to participating in elections for:

  • Indigenous electors
  • Youth
  • People with disabilities
  • New Canadians

10,939 Toolkits distributed

  • 1,500 Toolkit 1:
    Running in a Federal Election
  • 8,396 Toolkit 2:
    Working at a Federal Election
  • 1,043 Toolkit 3:
    Registering and Voting in a Federal Election

157 Inspire Democracy events

  • 18 outreach events
  • 139 stakeholder events

54,500+ Voter Information Campaign
resources distributed

  • 23,600+ in accessible formats
  • 2,600+ in heritage languages
  • 790+ in Indigenous languages
  • 24,400+ in standard formats