Canada's Democracy Week: September 15–22, 2016

Canada's Democracy Week launches on September 15, coinciding with the United Nations' International Day of Democracy. This year, the theme is Teaching democracy: Let's talk teacher needs. 

With global discussions about political participation in the news, Canada's Democracy Week is an ideal time to explore topics such as democracy, government, governance, voting and active citizenship in your classroom. 

As educators, you play an important role in teaching about the structure and relevance of our parliamentary democracy to your students – the voters of tomorrow. Do you have the information you need to engage students in these important conversations? Visit the Learning Resources section to help you prepare for the new school year.

Knowledge for Civic Engagement

inspire democracy

Looking for information on how to encourage youth civic engagement in Canada?

The Inspire Democracy website lets you explore the latest research on youth engagement—from voter turnout data to studies on civic participation, facts on Millennials and how political parties engage with youth, the impact of civic education and mobilization techniques.

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Learn Today.
Vote Tomorrow.

Learning Resources

Did you know Elections Canada has free civic education materials for elementary and secondary school teachers?

These curriculum-based resources can help you spark an interest in voting and inspire lifelong engagement in the democratic process. We give you the tools to get students talking about:

  • democracy in Canada
  • the importance of voting
  • how they can contribute to democracy in the future

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Contribute to the Blog

Contribute to the Blog

Do you have something to say about democratic engagement, civic education, active citizenship or electoral systems?

We're featuring unique perspectives from across the country on the Canada's Democracy Week blog. Pitch your ideas to Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Blogs could feature a project, program or report that you worked on
  • Video blogs are accepted
  • Young people are welcome to contribute
  • Submissions can be in English or French
  • Maximum length is 400 words
  • Perspectives must be non-partisan
Link to Elections Canada