April 2016 e-bulletin


  1. Announcing the winners of the National Democracy Challenge 2015!
  2. Past and upcoming events for teachers and youth
  3. Inspire Democracy: For the latest on civic engagement research

Announcing the winners of the National Democracy Challenge 2015!

The National Democracy Challenge 2015 took place during the 42nd federal general election. It was a great opportunity to get young people engaged in and talking about the election, so we challenged Canadians aged 14 to 17 to submit their best creative works – video, image/artwork or text – on the theme "Show Canadians how to get ready to vote."

The entries were evaluated by our panel of judges, who were impressed by the quality and diversity of the entries.

We are pleased to announce this year's Challenge winners. Click on their names to check out their winning entries.

Video category

First place: Alexandria Masse, 15, from Windsor, Ontario

Second place: Elaine Wang, 17, from Toronto, Ontario

Third place: Elijah MacDonald, 16, from Ottawa, Ontario

Image/Artwork category

First place: Benjamin Chung, 14, from Vancouver, British Columbia

Second place: Abbie Paulson, 15, from Calgary, Alberta

Third place: Muhammad Ahmad Pasha, 16, from Mississauga, Ontario

Writing category

First place: Tess Forman, 16, from Ottawa, Ontario

Second place: Ghalia Aamer, 14, from Edmonton, Alberta

Third place: Lucy Guan, 15, from Vancouver, British Columbia

School Challenge

Okotoks Junior High School wins the School Challenge prize!

Forty-two students from Okotoks Junior High School in Okotoks, Alberta, submitted eligible entries to the National Democracy Challenge 2015. This was the most participants of any school, so it has won this year's School Challenge prize!


This year's panel of judges was made up of prominent figures in civic engagement: Ilona Dougherty, co-founder of Apathy is Boring; Rosanna Tomiuk, Canadian National Team water polo player; Teresa Edwards, Aboriginal human rights advocate; Paula Waatainen, social studies and history teacher; and Dr. John Young, CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

#NDC2015 Prizes

The following prizes were awarded to the winners in each category of the National Democracy Challenge 2015.

Video category

1st place – Trip to Ottawa to attend Encounters with Canada's Democracy and Youth Week
2nd place – GoPro Hero4 camera
3rd place – $200 Best Buy gift card

Image category

1st place – 64GB Apple iPhone 6
2nd place – Kobo Aura H2O and $100 Indigo gift card
3rd place – $200 Best Buy gift card

Text category

1st place – Trip to Winnipeg to participate in a human rights program at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
2nd place – 64 GB Apple iPad Air 2
3rd place – $200 Best Buy gift card

School Challenge

Trip for one student to attend Forum for Young Canadians' week-long civic education program in Ottawa

Teacher and Youth Events

Over the past few months, Elections Canada participated in several events on civic engagement for teachers and youth. We gave presentations at:

  • Teachers Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy
  • Forum for Young Canadians
  • Encounters with Canada

These events gave us the opportunity to share some facts and figures from the past election and to look to the future of elections in Canada, particularly regarding changes to the way we vote.

We discussed with teachers how they can continue to engage their students in democracy during this period of change. For the students, we challenged them to continue to be active citizens within their communities between elections.

At Encounters with Canada's Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre, in Ottawa.

What's coming up

Here are just a few of the events that we're participating in during the coming months.

  • First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario Educator Conference & AGM in Brampton, Ontario, on April 30–May 1.
  • Rotary Adventure in Citizenship in Ottawa, Ontario, on May 3.

Hope to see you there!

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The latest on civic engagement research

Head over to Inspire Democracy to find research and share information on how to encourage youth civic engagement in Canada.

On this website, you can explore the latest research on youth engagement – voter turnout, registration data, studies on civic participation, facts on millennials and how political parties engage with youth, the impact of civic education and mobilization techniques. You will also find links to others in the engagement community and tools for getting young people involved in democratic life.

Happy reading!

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