May 28, 2015 e-bulletin

Highlights

  1. Dates and theme for CDW2015
  2. How to get involved
  3. The program

Dates and theme for CDW2015

Canada Democracy week logo This year marks the fifth edition of Canada's Democracy Week. CDW2015 will run from September 14 to 21.

This year's theme is Let's get Canada ready to vote! to encourage everyone to be ready for the 2015 federal election.

Are you a teacher looking for a great way to start off your politics, social sciences or civic education classes in September?

Do you work for a youth organization and want to connect young people with the world around them?

Learn more about Canada's Democracy Week 2015 and how to participate.

How to get involved

There are lots of ways to get involved in Canada's Democracy Week.

Teachers: Promote CDW2015 by registering your school with studentvote.ca. This program, introduced by CIVIX, is a parallel election for students who are not yet old enough to vote and coincides with the official election! Register now!

Canadians aged 14 to 17: The National Democracy Challenge (#NDC2015) gives young Canadians between 14 and 17 the opportunity to express their views using a video, an image or a text on the theme of Canada's Democracy Week. The challenge runs from August 17 to November 9, 2015.

Canadians aged 16 and over: More than 200,000 Canadians across the country are hired during elections. To find out more or to apply online, go to elections.ca.

Canadians across the country: You can start by checking, updating or filling out your registration at elections.ca/register. Then, encourage your family and friends to get ready to vote in 2015 by spreading the word.

Student Vote by CIVIX

Student Vote Logo Student Vote, a CIVIX initiative, conducts a parallel vote for students who are not yet old enough to vote that coincides with the official election.

The purpose of the program is to get young Canadians involved in the democratic process to gain skills to be tomorrow's informed and engaged citizens.

The program combines in-class instruction, family discussions, media analysis and an authentic voting experience.

The numbers on student voting

Since 2003:

  • 26 parallel elections have been successfully coordinated and conducted;
  • 9,000 schools have participated; and
  • 3,000,000 students have cast a vote.

The Student Vote program will encourage your students to:

  • learn more about the electoral process and the government of Canada;
  • develop their sense of civic responsibility;
  • discuss politics with their family and friends;
  • develop an interest in policies and politics; and
  • practice critical thinking and decision-making skills for voting.

Register your school now!

Be ready to vote in 2015

Where and when

Elections Canada is the official source of information about where, when and the ways to vote.

Social media

Follow Elections Canada on Twitter @ElectionsCan_E for information about where, when and the ways to vote.

Online registration

You can now check or update your registration at elections.ca/register.
If you are registered at your current address, you are ready to vote. You will get:

  • a personalized voter information card telling you where and when to vote; and
  • quick service at the polls

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Canada's Democracy Week is an Elections Canada civic education program.

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