Student Vote is a unique hands-on learning program that provides students under the voting age with the opportunity to experience the voting process firsthand and build the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

Students learn about government and the electoral process, and explore issues and their candidates through classroom activities, family discussion and campaign events. On Student Vote Day, students take on the roles of election workers and coordinate a vote in their school for the official local electoral candidates. The Student Vote results are shared with the media for broadcast and publication following the closing of the polls.


Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 31 Student Vote programs at all three levels of government elections. In the recent federal election, 922,000 students cast ballots in 6,662 schools representing all 338 federal ridings.

With support from the Government of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association and the Government of Canada, CIVIX will be offering Student Vote for the 2016 municipal and school board elections across the province. Participating schools receive educational resources, posters, ballots and ballot boxes. Students across Nova Scotia will cast ballots for their local mayors, councillors and school board members.

The program is offered at no cost and open to all schools in the province.