Give students a voice in the federal budget conversation

November 20th, 2019 by CIVIX

The new government will be sworn-in today by the Governor General, and the Prime Minister and his cabinet will immediately get back to business.

First on the agenda is the Speech from the Throne on December 5, which will outline the goals and priorities for the new session of Parliament.

One major test for the new government will be passing the annual budget and, with a minority government, they will have to negotiate to secure support from the other parties.

Canadian students need to be part of this important conversation too, as its their future that’s at stake in these decisions.

Coordinated by CIVIX, the Student Budget Consultation is a unique classroom program that provides students with an opportunity to learn about budgeting, explore the federal government’s revenues and expenditures, debate important issues, and share their budget priorities with decision-makers.

Registration is open now: http://studentvote.ca/federal_sbc/

The project learning resources will include lesson plans, along with videos and slide decks. We are in the process of streamlining the content from previous years and making it more digestible.In the culminating activity, students will submit their feedback through a consultation survey. The results will be shared with the Department of Finance and all political parties so that they can see what matters most to young Canadians in advance of the 2020 budget.
 
We hope you will consider involving your students in this civic education initiative. 

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Student Vote Canada 2019 – The Results

October 21st, 2019 by CIVIX

Students elect Liberal minority government in national student parallel election

1.2 million elementary and secondary school students participated in Student Vote Canada 2019, coinciding with the 2019 federal election.

After learning about the electoral process, researching the parties and platforms, and debating Canada’s future, students cast their ballots for the official candidates running in their school’s riding.

In total, 1,199,939 votes were reported from 8,097 schools, with results from 338 federal ridings.

  • The Liberal Party took 22.3% of the popular vote and won 111 seats, forming a minority government. Justin Trudeau won in his riding of Papineau.
  • The NDP will form the official opposition with 24.8% of the popular vote and 99 seats. Jagmeet Singh won his seat in Burnaby South.
  • The Conservative Party took 25.1% of the popular vote and won 91 seats. Andrew Scheer won his seat in Regina—Qu’Appelle.
  • The Green Party took 18.1% of the popular vote and won 27 seats. Elizabeth May won her seat in Saanich—Gulf Islands.
  • The Bloc Québecois took 1.4% of the popular vote and won 12 seats. Yves-François Blanchet won his seat in Beloeil—Chambly.

“We are thrilled with the turnout for Student Vote Canada 2019,” says Taylor Gunn, President and CEO of CIVIX Canada. “We are grateful for all the teachers that dedicated time and energy to cultivating the next generation of voters.”

“Elections Canada is proud to have helped make Student Vote Canada 2019 possible,” says Stéphane Perrault, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. “This program is one of the ways we educate future voters and help raise active citizens.”

 

VIEW COMPLETE RESULTS HERE: https://studentvote.ca/results/canada2019/

 

Provincial Breakdown:

  • Ontario – 458,969 participating students elected 55 Liberal, 35 NDP, 26 Conservative and 5 Green Party candidates.
  • Quebec – 112,855 participating students elected 34 Liberal, 21 NDP, 12 Bloc Québecois, 8 Conservative and 3 Green Party candidates.
  • British Columbia –213,316 participating students elected 25 NDP, 9 Conservative and 8 Green Party candidates.
  • Alberta – 217,147 participating students elected 30 Conservative, 3 NDP and 1 Liberal candidates.
  • Saskatchewan – 45,658 participating students elected 11 Conservative and 3 NDP candidates.
  • Manitoba – 39,386 participating students elected 6 NDP, 5 Conservative and 3 Liberal candidates.
  • Nova Scotia – 38,702 participating students elected 5 Liberal, 4 Green Party and 2 NDP candidates.
  • New Brunswick – 37,035 participating students elected 5 Green Party, 3 Liberal and 2 Conservative candidates.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 22,391 participating students elected 5 Liberal and 2 NDP candidates.
  • Prince Edward Island –8,079 participating students elected 2 Green Party and 2 Liberal candidates.
  • Northwest Territories – 2,188 participating students elected 1 Liberal candidate.
  • Yukon – 2,212 participating students elected 1 NDP candidate.
  • Nunavut – 2,001 participating students elected 1 NDP candidate.

 

Background:

For further information: Please contact CIVIX at [email protected] or 1-866-488-8775.

 

RELATED LINKS:

www.studentvote.ca/canada

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One million school-aged students to cast ballots for federal election candidates

October 15th, 2019 by CIVIX

Young Canadians are engaging in debate and discussion about the future of our country, researching the party platforms, consuming news, evaluating the leaders, and posing questions to their local candidates.

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 1 million elementary and secondary students will have an opportunity to vote for the official candidates running in the 2019 federal election from October 15 to 18.

Student Vote Canada 2019 will be the largest student parallel election held in Canada, and as far as we know, it will be the biggest in the world.

More than 9,500 schools have registered to participate, representing all 338 ridings. It is a remarkable effort being led by as many as 25,000 teachers, from Masset, British Columbia to Mary’s Harbour in Newfoundland and Labrador, and everywhere in between.

“We sincerely thank the teachers who are making the time to engage their students in the democratic process with the Student Vote program. It is a privilege for CIVIX to support their efforts,” said Taylor Gunn, President of CIVIX.

“We are proud to support Student Vote Canada 2019 to allow students to gain the knowledge, understanding, interest, and skills they need to participate in democracy,” said Stéphane Perrault, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada.

During National Student Vote Week, students will take on the roles of election workers setting up polling stations, supervising voting and counting the ballots.

The Student Vote results are tabulated by riding and released publicly following the close of polls on October 21.

A map of participating schools is available here.

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Student Vote Newfoundland and Labrador — The Results

May 16th, 2019 by CIVIX

Dwight Ball and the Liberal Party to form a majority government in province-wide Student Vote

More than 13,000 elementary, intermediate and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2019 Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election.

After learning about democracy and informed citizenship, researching the parties and platforms, and debating the future of Newfoundland and Labrador, students cast ballots for the official candidates running in their school’s electoral district.

As of 4:30 p.m. today, 108 schools had reported their election results, representing all 40 provincial electoral districts. In total, 13,558 ballots were cast by student participants; 13,064 valid ballots and 494 rejected ballots.

Students elected Dwight Ball and the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador to form a majority government with 25 seats and 46.0 per cent of the vote. Ball also won in his electoral district of Humber—Gros Morne.

Ches Crosbie and the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador took 10 seats and will form the Official Opposition, receiving 33.4 per cent of the vote. Crosbie lost in his electoral district of Windsor Lake.

Alison Coffin and the Newfoundland and Labrador New Democratic Party won 3 seats and received 8.9 per cent of the vote. Coffin also won in her electoral district of St. John’s East—Quidi Vidi.

Two candidates with no party affiliation were also elected: Eddie Joyce in Humber—Bay of Islands, and Gloria Cooper in Exploits.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance received 2.4 per cent of the vote, and did not elect and candidates. Party leader Graydon Pelley lost in his electoral district of Mount Scio.

This is the third provincial-level Student Vote project coordinated in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the eighth overall. In the 2015 federal election, 9,607 Newfoundland and Labrador students participated from 95 schools.

The Student Vote project for the 2019 Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election was made possible by the Government of Canada.

The Student Vote NL 2019 online results platform presents the province-wide results, as well as results for each electoral district and for each individual school.

VIEW THE COMPLETE RESULTS HERE: http://studentvote.ca/results/nl2019

 

RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The electoral district of Mount Pearl—Southlands had the greatest number of participants with 928 valid Student Vote ballots cast. Gander was second with 875 valid votes, followed by Harbour Grace—Port de Grave with 808 valid votes.
  • The electoral districts of Gander, Placenta—St. Mary’s, Fogo Island—Cape Freels, Carbonear—Trinity—Bay de Verde, Exploits and Humber—Gros Morne each had 5 schools report results – more than any other electoral districts.

 

BACKGROUND:

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity dedicated to developing the habits of active and informed citizenship among young people. Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 44 Student Vote projects at various levels of elections.

Other CIVIX programming includes government budget consultations with youth (Student Budget Consultation), coordinated visits between students and their elected representatives (Rep Day), a news literacy program for students (NewsWise) and professional development opportunities for teachers (Democracy Bootcamp).

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More than 10,000 students expected to cast ballots in largest-ever Newfoundland and Labrador Student Vote campaign

May 14th, 2019 by CIVIX

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 10,000 elementary, intermediate and high school students from throughout Newfoundland and Labrador will have an opportunity to consider the future direction of the province and vote for the official candidates running in the general election.

Student Vote is an authentic learning experience that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to learn about government and the electoral process, and debate important issues facing the province.

This year’s program included a focus on developing news literacy skills in the digital age. The integration of news literacy resources encouraged students to learn how to fact-check online information, assess the credibility of sources and become more critical consumers of information.

A total of 118 schools have registered to participate in Student Vote Newfoundland and Labrador 2019, representing all 40 provincial electoral districts. A map of participating schools is available here.

On or before May 16, students will take on the roles of election officers and coordinate the voting process for their peers. CIVIX will tabulate the results by electoral district and release them publicly following the close of polls (8:00 pm NT).

The Student Vote project for the 2019 Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election was made possible by the Government of Canada.

 

BACKGROUND:

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity focused on developing the habits of active and informed citizenship among young people. Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 44 Student Vote projects at various levels of elections.

Other CIVIX programming includes government budget consultations with youth (Student Budget Consultation), coordinated visits between students and their elected representatives (Rep Day), a news literacy program for students (NewsWise) and professional development opportunities for teachers (Democracy Bootcamp).

 

RELATED LINKS:

http://studentvote.ca/nl2019/

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Student Vote PEI 2019 — The Results

April 23rd, 2019 by CIVIX

Peter Bevan-Baker and the PEI Green Party win minority government in province-wide Student Vote

More than 5,500 elementary, intermediate and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2019 Prince Edward Island provincial election.

After learning about democracy and informed citizenship, researching the parties and platforms, and debating the future of Prince Edward Island, students cast ballots for the official candidates running in their school’s electoral district.

As of 4:00 p.m. today, 42 schools had reported their election results, representing 26 provincial electoral districts. In total, 5,561 ballots were cast by student participants; 5,314 valid ballots and 247 rejected ballots.

Students elected Peter Bevan-Baker and the Green Party to form a minority government with 11 seats and 36.7 per cent of the vote. Bevan-Baker also won in his electoral district of New Haven—Rocky Point.

Dennis King and the Progressive Conservative Party took 10 seats and will form the Official Opposition, receiving 30.7 per cent of the vote. King was defeated in his electoral district of Brackley—Hunter River.

Wade MacLauchlan and the Liberal Party won 4 seats and received 25.1 per cent of the vote. MacLauchlan lost in their electoral district of Stanhope—Marshfield.

Joe Byrne and the New Democratic Party won 1 seat and received 7.5 per cent of the vote. Byrne lost in his electoral district of Charlottetown—Victoria Park.

Student Vote participants also cast ballots for the electoral reform referendum. The referendum was approved by a majority of students in 20 electoral districts (80 per cent of 25 districts where referendum results were submitted), meeting the 60 per cent threshold required to be legally binding. In total, 4,568 students cast ballots on the referendum; overall, 53.6 per cent voted ‘Yes’ and 46.4 per cent voted ‘No’.

The Student Vote project for the 2019 Prince Edward Island provincial election was made possible by Elections PEI and the Government of Canada.

The Student Vote PEI 2019 online results platform presents the province-wide results, as well as results for each electoral district and for each individual school.

VIEW THE COMPLETE RESULTS HERE: http://studentvote.ca/results/pei2019  

 

RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The electoral district of Charlottetown—Brighton had the greatest number of participants with 949 valid Student Vote ballots cast. Summerside—South Drive was second with 946 valid votes, followed by Summerside—Wilmot with 945 valid votes.
  • The electoral districts of Charlottetown—Brighton, O’Leary—Inverness, Morell—Donagh and Alberton—Bloomfield each had four schools report results – more than any other electoral districts.

 

BACKGROUND:

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity dedicated to developing the habits of active and informed citizenship among young people. Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 43 Student Vote projects at various levels of elections.

Other CIVIX programming includes government budget consultations with youth (Student Budget Consultation), coordinated visits between students and their elected representatives (Rep Day), a news literacy program for students (NewsWise) and professional development opportunities for teachers (Democracy Bootcamp).

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PEI students to cast ballots in provincial Student Vote campaign

April 17th, 2019 by CIVIX

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 6,000 elementary, intermediate and high school students from throughout Prince Edward Island will have an opportunity to consider the future direction of the province and vote for the official candidates running in the general election.

Students will also cast ballots on the electoral reform referendum, after learning about both sides of the referendum question. 

Student Vote is an authentic learning experience that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to learn about government and the electoral process, and debate important issues facing the province.

This year’s program included a focus on developing news literacy skills in the digital age. The integration of NewsWise resources, encouraged students to learn how to fact-check online information, assess the credibility of sources and become more critical consumers of information.

A total of 48 schools have registered to participate in Student Vote PEI 2019, representing 26 of 27 provincial electoral districts. A map of participating schools is available here.

On or before April 23, students will take on the roles of election officials and coordinate the voting process for their peers. CIVIX will tabulate the results and release them publicly following the close of polls on Tuesday, April 23 (7:00 pm).

The Student Vote project for the 2019 Prince Edward Island provincial election was made possible by Elections PEI and the Government of Canada.

 

BACKGROUND:

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity focused on developing the habits of active and informed citizenship among young people. Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 43 Student Vote projects at various levels of elections.

Other CIVIX programming includes government budget consultations with youth (Student Budget Consultation), coordinated visits between students and their elected representatives (Rep Day), a news literacy program for students (NewsWise) and professional development opportunities for teachers (Democracy Bootcamp).

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Student Vote Alberta 2019 — The Results

April 16th, 2019 by CIVIX

Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party win majority government in province-wide Student Vote

More than 165,000 elementary and high school students participated in the Student Vote program for the 2019 Alberta provincial election.

After learning about democracy and informed citizenship, researching the parties and platforms, and debating the future of Alberta, students cast ballots for the official candidates running in their school’s electoral division.

As of 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, 1,229 schools had reported their election results, representing all 87 electoral divisions in the province. In total, 165,527 ballots were cast by student participants; 159,197 valid ballots, 4,417 rejected ballots and 1,913 declined ballots.

“CIVIX would like to thank all participating educators, and their students, for their enthusiasm and dedication to this exercise,” said Taylor Gunn, President of CIVIX. “We are sincerely grateful to Elections Alberta, The Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Calgary Foundation, Alberta Education and the Government of Canada for making this project possible.”

Students elected Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party to form a majority government with 49 out of 87 seats and 36.1 per cent of the vote. Kenney also won in his electoral division of Calgary—Lougheed with 54.4 per cent of the vote.

Rachel Notley and the Alberta New Democratic Party took 35 seats and will form the official opposition, receiving 30.3 per cent of the popular vote. Notley won in her electoral division of Edmonton—Strathcona with 52.1 per cent of the vote.

Stephen Mandel and the Alberta Party won 3 seats and received 18.5 per cent of the vote. Mandel was defeated in his electoral division of Edmonton—McClung.

Despite receiving 5.3 per cent of the vote, the Alberta Liberal Party did not win any seats. Leader David Khan was defeated in his electoral division of Calgary—Mountain View.

This is the fourth provincial-level Student Vote project conducted in Alberta. In the 2015 provincial election, 92,000 Alberta students participated from 800 schools.

The Student Vote Alberta 2019 online results platform presents the province-wide results, as well as results for each electoral division and for each individual school.

VIEW COMPLETE RESULTS HERE: http://studentvote.ca/results/ab2019  

 

 

RESULTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The electoral division of Calgary—Acadia had the greatest number of participants with 4,005 valid Student Vote ballots cast. Calgary—Varsity was second with 3,765 valid votes, followed by Calgary—McCall with 3,194 valid votes.
  • The electoral division of Drumheller—Stettler had 30 schools report results – more than any other electoral division.

 

BACKGROUND:

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity dedicated to developing the habits of active and informed citizenship among young people. Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 42 Student Vote projects at various levels of elections.

Other CIVIX programming includes government budget consultations with youth (Student Budget Consultation), coordinated visits between students and their elected representatives (Rep Day), a news literacy program for students (NewsWise) and professional development opportunities for teachers (Democracy Bootcamp).

The Student Vote project for the 2019 Alberta provincial election was made possible by Elections Alberta, The Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Calgary Foundation, Alberta Education and the Government of Canada.

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170,000 students expected to cast ballots in largest-ever Alberta Student Vote campaign

April 10th, 2019 by CIVIX

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 170,000 elementary and high school students from throughout Alberta will have an opportunity to consider the future direction of the province and vote for the official candidates running in the general election.

Student Vote is an authentic learning experience that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to learn about government and the electoral process, and debate important issues facing the province.

This year’s program included a focus on developing news literacy skills in the digital age. The integration of NewsWise resources, encouraged students to learn how to fact-check online information, assess the credibility of sources and become more critical consumers of information.

A total of 1,347 schools have registered to participate in Student Vote Alberta 2019, representing all 87 provincial electoral divisions. A map of participating schools is available here.

“With 75 per cent of all elementary and high schools in the province participating, this is the largest Student Vote program held in the province to date,” said Taylor Gunn, President of CIVIX. “The response from Alberta educators, and their students, has exceeded our expectations once again.”

On or before April 15, students will take on the roles of election officers and coordinate the voting process for their peers. CIVIX will tabulate the results by electoral division and release them publicly following the close of polls on Tuesday, April 16 (8:00 pm).

The Student Vote project for the 2019 Alberta provincial election was made possible by Elections Alberta, The Alberta Teachers’ Association, the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Calgary Foundation, the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada.

 

BACKGROUND:

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity focused on developing the habits of active and informed citizenship among young people. Since 2003, CIVIX has coordinated 42 Student Vote projects at various levels of elections.

Other CIVIX programming includes government budget consultations with youth (Student Budget Consultation), coordinated visits between students and their elected representatives (Rep Day), a news literacy program for students (NewsWise) and professional development opportunities for teachers (Democracy Bootcamp).

 

RELATED LINKS:

http://studentvote.ca/ab2019/

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2019 Student Budget Consultation Results

March 16th, 2019 by CIVIX

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ON BUDGET 2019: CONFIDENT ABOUT JOB PROSPECTS, BUT CONCERNED WITH EDUCATION, THE ENVIRONMENT AND POVERTY

Canada’s high school students, the next generation of taxpayers, have provided their insight and opinions on the major issues likely to feature in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fourth federal budget.

Notably, the top issues students believe the government should focus on are education, the environment, poverty, crime and gun control, and fiscal responsibility. Students believe that making post-secondary education more affordable and accessible is key to their future success and economic well-being. At the same time, a majority want the federal government to commit to debt reduction. Although students are split on whether the financial situations of their families have improved since the election of the Liberal government in 2015, students are increasingly positive about their future and job prospects.

For the sixth time, high school students from across the country participated in the Student Budget Consultation, a national initiative coordinated by CIVIX aimed at engaging youth in the federal government’s pre-budget consultation process.

More than 8,000 high school students, from more than 550 schools throughout the country, took part in the 2019 Student Budget Consultation.

On Budget Day (March 19), a group of participating students will attend the Budget Speech in the House of Commons gallery as special guests of the Minister of Finance.

Major points of interest include:

  • Ranking major issues – When asked to rank the issues the federal government should focus on, students selected education, the environment and poverty as their top three concerns.
  • Current and Future Outlooks – Students are unsure of whether their families’ financial situations have improved over the last 3 years, but they are overwhelmingly confident in their own future job prospects.
  • The environment – There is clear support for protecting the environment, but students are somewhat divided on government funding for the oil and gas industry and are neutral on the issue of a federally imposed carbon tax.
  • Education – Students believe that the best ways for the government to help families and youth are by making post-secondary education more affordable and by managing student debt.
  • Taxation – Students believe that wealthy people have a greater financial obligation than everyone else to help those in need. However, students are divided when it comes to raising the corporate tax rate and do not support high-income tax rates that exceed 25 per cent.
  • Fiscal responsibility – Students want the government to lower taxes, even if this means less government services. They also believe that the government should do more to address tax evasion.
  • The media – Half of students are neutral to government support for struggling private media companies. Half of students reported that they get their news from social media and may therefore be less exposed to, or reliant on, traditional news media.
  • Trade – Students are divided on what the main focus of Canada’s free trade agreements should be, but are opposed to trading with countries that have records of human rights abuse.
  • Defence – Students are split on the issue of defence spending and do not consider national defence to be a high priority.

 

To view an info-graphic of the results highlights, click here.

To view the complete results report, click here.

To view a map of participating schools, click here.

 

About the Student Budget Consultation

The Student Budget Consultation provides youth with an opportunity to learn about the government’s revenues and expenditures, discuss important political issues and suggested policies, and offer their insights on the priorities of the federal budget. The opinions of students are collected through a survey and the results are shared with the federal Department of Finance and with all federal political parties so that they can see what matters to young Canadians in advance of the 2019 federal election.

The 2019 Student Budget Consultation was organized by CIVIX with the support of the Government of Canada.

The 2019 Student Budget Consultation survey was conducted in partnership with Vox Pop Labs between November 2018 and March 2019.

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