The program is open to any elementary, middle or high school and there is no cost to participate. Schools may offer Student Vote to a single class or engage the entire student body in the program.
Registered schools are supplied with print and online pedagogical materials, posters and election supplies. The resources are targeted at grades 4 to 12, and the materials are available in both English and French.
The activities are intended to inform students about government and the electoral process, enhance information literacy skills, encourage research into the candidates and issues, and foster dialogue among students and their families.
Students take on the role of election workers and coordinate a vote within their school. Participating students cast ballots for the election candidates running in the school’s electoral district. The results are shared publicly after the close of polls.
An independent evaluation commissioned by Elections Canada confirmed the positive impact of Student Vote among students, families and teachers.Download Summary Report