Welcome from the Chief Electoral Officer
From September 16 to 23, for the third year in a row, Elections Canada is organizing Canada's Democracy Week, a civic education initiative inspired by the United Nations' International Day of Democracy. As part of Elections Canada's mandate to conduct public education, Canada's Democracy Week shines the spotlight on the positive aspects of Canadian politics and provides a forum for promoting the importance of democratic involvement and voting.
This year's theme is "Connect with Democracy." It's about connecting with people, places and information that help broaden your understanding of why democracy and voting are so important.
I encourage young Canadians to make their voices heard by participating in the National Democracy Challenge – a contest that encourages Canadians between the ages of 14 and 30 to submit a video, image or piece of writing that showcases democracy in action. You can also get involved by sharing your views inside the classroom, exchanging ideas with your friends on social media or discussing issues with your family at home.
I also urge all Canadians to use Canada's Democracy Week as an opportunity to do their part to keep our democracy vital. Engage in the political process, and encourage family members to inform themselves about the issues and values that make our democratic system strong. Each of us has a personal investment in our democracy, and by actively participating in it, we ensure that it is shared, protected and nourished.
Chief Electoral Officer of Canada