Canada's Democracy Week:
September 15–21, 2017
Canada's Democracy Week is an annual Elections Canada initiative, inspired by the United Nations' International Day of Democracy (September 15).
Canada's Democracy Week is an occasion for everyone to take the time to start a conversation about democracy. That's why this year, the theme is Democracy Face to Face.
New Tools and Activities
- Teaching Democracy across Canada is a new guide that highlights one teaching resource from each province and territory.
- FAQ: Students Asked, We Answered lists the top 10 real questions we've heard from high school students, along with our answers.
- On September 15, we're celebrating Canada's Democracy Week with a living library activity, in which the books are real people! A group of students from across Canada will meet living library books and come face to face with voters, politicians, experts and others with first-hand experience of Canada's democracy.
Did you know?
In 2015, youth voted in numbers that haven't been seen in decades—1.7 million young people showed up to the polls. That's the size of a large Canadian city!
There's still work to do
Despite the dramatic increase in the youth vote, the under-25 group still voted less than the rest of the population in the last election. Teachers can play an important role in engaging their students in the electoral process.
Preparing future voters
Hands-on, interactive classroom activities are one of the best ways to engage future voters. Take a look at the free resources from Elections Canada, and order online at the Teachers' Corner.