Facts and Figures
The 2015 federal election by the numbers (as of March 2015)
Following redistribution, there are now 338 electoral districts (ridings) for the 2015 federal general election.
Canada's largest riding is Nunavut, which measures 2,093,190 km2.
Canada's smallest riding is Toronto Centre, measuring 6 km2.
The riding with the most registered electors is Niagara Falls, with 99,014 registered electors.
The riding with the fewest registered electors is Nunavut, with 16,515 registered electors.
The average number of registered electors per riding is 72,747.
The riding with the largest population is Brantford–Brant with 132,443 residents
The riding with the smallest population is Labrador with 26,728 residents.
The average number of residents per riding is 99,043.
To find out more on your riding for the 2015 federal election, consult the Electoral Districts page of the Elections Canada website
Did you know…
- Canada has the world's oldest independent electoral management body. The position of the Chief Electoral Officer was created in 1920. (Source)
- Out of 85 national elections held around the world in 2012, 15 were in African countries. (Source)
- In 122 countries and territories, it is compulsory to be on the voters list. In Canada (and 86 other countries and territories), it is not mandatory to be on the list. (Source)
- In Australia, you can register to vote if you are 16, but you can't vote until you are 18. In the United Kingdom and New Zealand, you can register to vote at age 17 and vote when you are 18. (Source 1 Source 2 and Source 3)
- When you vote in Canada today, you have the right to a secret ballot and a peaceful electoral process. But this was not always the case! Before 1872, electors cast their votes orally and in public. Intimidation, fights and bullying were not uncommon. Election violence, which claimed at least 20 lives before Confederation in 1867, often required the services of the army or the police. (Source, Voting Rules - Grade 5 Toolkit, p.13)