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CDW2015

  • The fifth edition of Canada's Democracy Week (CDW2015) takes place September 14 to 21, 2015. This year's theme, "Let's Get Canada Ready to Vote," encourages Canadians to start making their plan to vote in the upcoming 2015 federal election.
  • Inspired by the United Nations' International Day of Democracy (September 15), CDW2015 encourages Canadians to learn more about the country's electoral process, and be ready to cast their ballot by knowing when, where and ways to register and vote.
  • CDW2015 has a special focus on Canadians under the voting age. The week highlights opportunities to participate in hands-on activities designed to encourage an awareness and understanding of Canada's democracy, and the role youth under 18 have to play in it.

Why Canada’s Democracy Week?

  • Canada has been built on democratic traditions, and its system of governance is respected throughout the world. Many of the benefits that we enjoy in Canadian society today flow from our solid democratic foundation and commitment to representative government.
  • A growing number of Canadians – especially young Canadians – are disengaging from the democratic process. Youth participation in federal elections has been dropping since the 1970s. Overall voter turnout in the 2011 federal election was 61 percent, but among 18- to 24-year-olds it was 39 percent. Even fewer take part in other political activities.
  • Research shows that civic education and discussing politics with family and friends are effective ways to build knowledge and understanding of Canada's democratic institutions. Canada's Democracy Week gives young Canadians a chance to talk about the issues and learn how to get involved in their communities and democratic institutions.

How to Get Involved

  • Educators: Kick off CDW2015 and get your students involved in the federal election by participating in Canada's largest civic education program, Student Vote 2015, run by CIVIX. Register now!
  • Canadians aged 14 to 17: The National Democracy Challenge is a contest that asks Canadians aged 14 to 17 to submit a video, image/artwork or piece of writing related to the theme announced on August 17. Winners receive prizes such as a trip to Ottawa. The Challenge runs from August 17 to November 9, 2015.
  • Canadians across the country: Check your voter registration online and share Elections Canada's information materials to help your family, friends and colleagues get ready to vote.


For more information
www.democracy-democratie.ca
democracy-democratie@elections.ca

Link to Elections Canada