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Canada's Democracy Week 2017

Thank you to all who took part in Canada's Democracy Week 2017. This annual initiative, inspired by the United Nations' International Day of Democracy (September 15), aims to engage and connect Canadians with the democratic process.

We hope that this year, with the theme Democracy Face to Face, Canadians across the country were able to start a conversation about democracy, and will continue that conversation throughout the year.

New Tools and Activities

  1. Teaching Democracy across Canada is a new guide that highlights one teaching resource from each province and territory.
  2. FAQ: Students Asked, We Answered lists the top 10 real questions we've heard from high school students, along with our answers.

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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!


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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.

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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.

Link to Elections Canada