Coinciding with government elections, students learn about government and the electoral process, research the parties and platforms, discuss relevant issues and cast ballots for the official election candidates. The results are shared with the media for broadcast and publication following the closing of the official polls.
The Student Vote Program Involves Four Key Steps:
- Register your school: The program is open to all schools and there is no cost to participate.
- Receive materials: Registered schools are supplied with print and online pedagogical materials, posters and election supplies.
- Engage with the campaign: The activities are intended to inform students about government and the electoral process, encourage research into the candidates and issues, and foster dialogue among students and their families.
- Student Vote Day: Students take on the role of deputy returning officers and polls clerks, and cast ballots for the official election candidates. The results are tabulated and shared publicly after the close of the official polls.
Yukon Territorial Election
During the fall of 2016, elementary and high school students will cast ballots for the MLA candidates running in their local electoral district.
During National Student Vote Week (October 13-16, 2015), 922,358 students from 6,662 schools voted for the federal candidates running in their local riding.
Saskatchewan Provincial Election
In the spring of 2016, nearly 20,000 elementary and high school cast ballots in the Student Vote project for the Saskatchewan provincial election.
Manitoba Provincial Election
In April 2016, over 20,000 elementary and high school cast ballots in the Student Vote project for the Manitoba provincial election.
"An amazing program that definitely created many meaningful conversations between and among students, student families, educators and the entire school community! It was wonderful to see students so passionately and actively engaged in issues that truly do matter."– STUDENT VOTE TEAM LEADER
An independent evaluation commissioned by Elections Canada reports that the Student Vote program is having a significant impact among students in the key areas associated with future voting, as well as increasing the engagement of families in the election.
100% said they would like to participate in Student Vote again.
96% indicated that they agreed that participating in Student Vote improved their confidence with teaching politics, Canadian government and civics.
83% said they will vote in the future.
90% said they believe that it is our responsibility as citizens to vote in elections.
90% said the program gave their family an opportunity to learn more about politics.
28% said the program positively impacted their decision to vote.