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Information for First-Time Electors – Youth

Elections Canada's research shows that young people (electors aged 18–24), especially first-time electors, face significant barriers to participating in federal elections.

Addressing the barriers

Community relations officers for youth: In the 2019 general election, 1,510 community relations officers across Canada reached out to electors in their communities to help improve access to voting and reduce barriers. We are building on this success for the next federal election. Our community relations officers for youth:

  • increase election awareness;
  • provide information on where, when and the ways to register and vote;
  • explain the importance of registering and voting; and
  • make voting as accessible as possible.

Vote on Campus: For the 2019 general election, we had offices at 119 post-secondary campuses across Canada. We also increased accessibility with more voting days and longer hours of operation. This program gave students better access to information, registration and voting services.

Through our Vote on Campus program we worked closely with national student associations and membership organizations to help with planning, promotion and staffing including:

  • Polytechnics Canada
  • Universities Canada
  • Colleges and Institutes Canada
  • Canadian Federation  of Students
  • Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
  • Quebec Student Union
  • Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec

Inspire Democracy: Through our Inspire Democracy program, we connect with leaders and organizations that represent and work with youth. To inform young electors and prepare them to vote, we offer tools and materials:

It's Our Vote: The 2019 general election advertising campaign was called "It's Our Vote." It gave Canadians the information they needed on when, where and the ways to register and vote in the federal election. This multimedia campaign helped reduce barriers to voting for new electors (youth and new Canadians), Indigenous electors and electors with disabilities.

Stakeholder engagement: We have relationships with stakeholder groups that represent young people across Canada. Our focus with these groups is to ensure that we understand the issues youth face, refine our services to meet their needs and share our knowledge about electoral participation. As general elections approach, formal and informal agreements are put in place to encourage these organizations to share our information products with their members and clients. This is in addition to our field staff conducting local outreach during an election.

For information on other ways Elections Canada is addressing barriers to voting go to: How and Where to Vote.

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