Student Vote BC 2017: The Results

May 9th, 2017 by Dan Allan

More than 170,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2017 British Columbia provincial election.

After learning about the electoral process, researching the parties and platforms, and debating the future of British Columbia, students cast ballots for the official candidates running in their local electoral district.

As of 4:15 p.m. this afternoon, 1,092 schools had reported their election results, representing all 87 electoral districts in the province. In total, 170,238 ballots were cast by student participants; 163,923 valid votes and 6,315 rejected votes.

Students elected John Horgan and the BC NDP to form government with 60 out of 87 seats and 39.0 per cent of the vote. Horgan won in his electoral district of Langford—Juan de Fuca with 55.7 per cent of the vote.

Andrew Weaver and the BC Greens took 14 seats and will form the official opposition, receiving 28.5 per cent of the popular vote. Weaver won in his electoral district of Oak Bay—Gordon Head with 48.9 per cent of the vote.

Christy Clark and the BC Liberals won 12 seats and received 25.4 per cent of the vote. Clark was defeated in her district of Kelowna West by NDP candidate Shelley Cook; Clark received 32.1 per cent of votes cast, compared to Cook’s 35.8 per cent.

Students also elected independent candidate Nicholas Wong in Delta South. Wong defeated Liberal candidate Ian Paton by 10 votes.

This is the fourth provincial-level Student Vote project conducted in British Columbia. In the 2013 provincial election, 101,627 students participated from 766 schools.



  • There were many close races across B.C., with eight races determined by 15 votes or less.
  • The electoral district of Surrey—Guildford had the greatest number of participants with 3,963 valid votes. Vancouver—Quilchena was second with 3,855, followed by West Vancouver—Capilano with 3,686.
  • Oak Bay—Gordon Head and Langley each had 20 schools report results – more than any other electoral district.


Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education charity. CIVIX provides authentic learning opportunities to help young Canadians practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens and connect with their democratic institutions. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets and elected representatives.

The Student Vote project for the 2017 British Columbia provincial election was conducted in partnership with Elections BC and with support from the Vancouver Foundation, the BC Teachers’ Federation and the Government of Canada.

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