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 22.4% 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 98 seats. Jagmeet Singh won his seat in Burnaby South.
  • The Conservative Party took 25% of the popular vote and won 93 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.
Please note — The Student Vote Canada 2019 results include three ties: Sault Ste. Marie, Newmarket–Aurora and Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou .

“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 – 455,328 participating students elected 56 Liberal, 35 NDP, 28 Conservative and 5 Green Party candidates.
  • Quebec – 109,285 participating students elected 35 Liberal, 21 NDP, 12 Bloc Québecois, 8 Conservative and 3 Green Party candidates.
  • British Columbia – 212,374 participating students elected 25 NDP, 9 Conservative and 8 Green Party candidates.
  • Alberta – 214,673 participating students elected 30 Conservative, 3 NDP and 1 Liberal candidates.
  • Saskatchewan – 45,249 participating students elected 11 Conservative and 3 NDP candidates.
  • Manitoba – 39,080 participating students elected 5 NPD, 5 Conservative and 4 Liberal candidates.
  • Nova Scotia – 38,480 participating students elected 5 Liberal, 4 Green Party and 2 NDP candidates.
  • New Brunswick – 36,862 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 – 2,116 participating students elected 1 Liberal candidate.
  • Yukon – 2,212 participating students elected 1 NDP candidate.
  • Nunavut – 1,858 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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11,000 Manitoba youth cast ballots in Student Vote program for the municipal elections

October 24th, 2018 by CIVIX

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 11,000 elementary and high school students from throughout Manitoba had the opportunity to consider the future direction of their community and vote for the candidates running for municipal council and school trustee.

The Student Vote program is a hands-on learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

Participating schools were supplied with free learning materials and election supplies to help them engage in the campaign and organize a parallel vote.

Students learned about municipal government and school divisions, and researched the issues and candidates through classroom activities, family discussion and campaign events. In the culminating activity, students took on the roles of election officials and coordinated an election within their schools.

At 3:00pm CDT today, more than 130 schools had submitted their Student Vote results for the 2018 municipal elections, representing 38 municipalities throughout Manitoba.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Winnipeg: In total, more than 8,000 students cast ballots from 75 schools in Winnipeg. Brian Bowman was elected mayor with 35 per cent of vote, defeating Jennifer Motkaluk (18%) and Don Woodstock (14%), among other challengers. The following candidates were also elected to council:
    • Charleswood – Tuxedo: Kevin Klein & Grant Nordman (tied)
    • Daniel McIntyre: Josh Brandon
    • Elmwood – East Kildonan: Robb Massey
    • Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry: Sherri Rollins
    • Mynarski: Ross Eadie
    • North Kildonan: Jeff Browaty
    • Old Kildonan: Devi Sharma
    • Point Douglas: Vivian Santos
    • River Heights – Fort Garry: John Orlikow
    • Boniface: Matt Allard
    • James: Scott Gillingham
    • Norbert – Seine River: Nancy Cooke
    • Vital: Brian Mayes
    • Transcona: Wally Welechenko
    • Waverley West: Janice Lukes (acclaimed)
  • Portage and Main Plebiscite: 4,676 Winnipeg students voted in the Portage and Main plebiscite – 2,550 (55%) voted ‘Yes’, compared to 2,126 (45%) who voted ‘No’.
  • Brandon: In total, 282 students cast ballots from 5 schools in Brandon. The following candidates were elected to council:
    • Ward 1 – Assiniboine: Jeff Fawcett
    • Ward 2 – Rosser: Glen Kruck
    • Ward 3 – Victoria: Barry Cullen
    • Ward 4 – University: Shaun Cameron
    • Ward 5 – Meadows-Waverly: John Loregio
    • Ward 6 – South Centre: Nick Brown
    • Ward 8 – Richmond: Ron Brown
    • Ward 9 – Riverview: Glen Parker
  • City of Thompson: In total, 97 students cast a ballot from 3 schools in the City of Thompson. Penny Byer was elected mayor with 34% of the vote.
  • The Pas: In total, 295 students cast a ballot from 3 schools in The Pas. Jim Scott was elected mayor with 36% of the vote.

COMPLETE RESULTS FOR ALL MUNICIPALITIES AND SCHOOL DIVISIONS: http://studentvote.ca/mbmunicipal2018/results/

 BACKGROUND: 

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity focused on developing the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young people. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

The Student Vote project for the 2018 municipal and school board elections in Manitoba was made possible by the Government of Canada.

CONTACT:

For further information, please contact Dan Allan at [email protected] or 1-866-488-8775.

RELATED LINKS:
http://studentvote.ca/mbmunicipal2018/

https://civix.ca/

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150,000 Ontario youth cast ballots in Student Vote program for the municipal elections

October 22nd, 2018 by CIVIX

Even though they are under the voting age, more than 150,000 elementary and secondary school students from throughout Ontario had the opportunity to consider the future direction of their community and vote for the candidates running for municipal council and school board trustee.

The Student Vote program is a hands-on learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

Participating schools were supplied with free learning materials and election supplies to help them engage in the campaign and organize a parallel vote.

Students learned about municipal government and boards of education, and researched the issues and candidates through classroom activities, family discussion and campaign events. In the culminating activity, students took on the roles of election officials and coordinated an election within their schools.

At 7:00pm EDT today, more than 1,350 schools had submitted their Student Vote results for the 2018 municipal elections, representing more than 220 municipalities throughout Ontario.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Toronto: In total, 29,319 students cast ballots from 279 schools. John Tory was elected mayor with 49 per cent of vote.
  • Ottawa: In total, 13,648 students cast ballots from 111 schools. Jim Watson was elected mayor with 60 per cent of vote.
  • Mississauga: In total, 8,876 students cast ballots from 69 schools. Bonnie Crombie was elected mayor with 56 per cent of vote.
  • Brampton: In total, 4,053 students cast ballots from 49 schools. Patrick Brown was elected mayor with 38 per cent of vote, narrowly defeating Linda Jeffrey with 35 per cent of the vote.
  • Hamilton: In total, 2,093 students cast ballots from 41 schools in Hamilton. Fred Eisenberger was elected mayor with 45 per cent of vote.
  • London: Paul Cheng was elected mayor.
  • Markham: Frank Scarpitti was elected mayor with 52 per cent of the vote.
  • Vaughan: Maurizio Bevilacqua was elected mayor with 59 per cent of the vote.
  • Kitchener: Berry Vrbanovic was elected mayor with 59 per cent of the vote.
  • Windsor: Drew Dilkens was elected mayor with 51 per cent of the vote.
  • Burlington: Rick Goldring was elected mayor with 40 per cent of the vote.
  • Oshawa: Dan Carter was elected mayor with 40 per cent of the vote.
  • Barrie: Jeff Lehman  was elected mayor with 76 per cent of the vote.
  • St. Catharines: Walter Sendzik was elected mayor with 55 per cent of the vote.
  • Guelph: Cam Guthrie  was elected mayor with 73 per cent of the vote.
  • Cambridge: Kathryn McGarry  was elected mayor with 34 per cent of the vote.
  • Kingston: Bryan Paterson was elected mayor with 51 per cent of the vote.
  • Thunder Bay: Bill Mauro was elected mayor with 30 per cent of the vote.
  • Waterloo: Dave Jaworsky was elected mayor with 60 per cent of the vote.

COMPLETE RESULTS FOR ALL MUNICIPALITIES AND SCHOOL BOARDS: http://studentvote.ca/results/onmuni2018  

BACKGROUND: 

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, a national civic education charity focused on developing the habits of active and engaged citizenship among young people. CIVIX programming focuses on the themes of elections, government budgets, elected representatives and news literacy.

The Student Vote project for the 2018 municipal and school board elections in Ontario was made possible by the Ministry of Education of Ontario and the Government of Canada.

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Happy 15th Birthday, Student Vote

October 2nd, 2018 by CIVIX

15 years ago today, a very small and very young team of naive and hopeful 25-year-olds managed the first set of Student Vote results to ever roll in from 825 schools throughout Ontario.

The little team couldn’t see at the time how big and successful that first Student Vote was.

I’m not even sure if we should be celebrating today. The world seems like a much rougher place, democracy seems more under threat and, while voter turnout has risen, it is still relatively low compared to where it could be.

But I can smile when I look at where Student Vote has gotten to.

I bumped into a teacher over the summer who told me that all the schools they have taught at over the last decade now permanently expect Student Vote to occur during an election. The teacher said that the program has changed the way teachers teach elections, and built a habit into the school system around using elections as teachable moments to build the skills of citizenship within kids. This isn’t the only teacher to share this with us — we hear this all the time.

As we approach next year’s federal election, in many jurisdictions across Canada, Student Vote is coordinated in as many as 60% of all schools. In last week’s New Brunswick provincial election, 65% of schools registered to take part in Student Vote.

But it still feels to me like the best is yet to come for the Student Vote program.

Disinformation has risen quickly to be one of the most significant threats to democracies around the world. And within the suite of responses being considered by governments, civic education and digital literacy remain a consistent proposition at the top of the list of reports and recommendations from the Public Policy Forum, to CSEC and even the UN.

The thing is, you can’t substantially educate people about disinformation and ‘fake news’ by running a fake news PR campaign on Facebook, or ads on radio and TV. The reality is that verification skills and habits of informed citizenship need to be taught and developed through practice.

We already have the social infrastructure that democracies need so badly to battle against the threat of disinformation right here in Canada. It’s called Student Vote.

Over the next year, the Student Vote program may turn into the best defense that Canada has against disinformation, with an on-the-ground reach that extends classroom to classroom, school to school, in all 338 electoral districts across the country, and literally, 8,000 communities from coast to coast to coast.

If you have an extra second today, please wish this little experiential learning program a Happy Birthday. It deserves it.

If you were able, we would ask that you consider making a donation to CIVIX to ensure the growth of Student Vote, and our other civic education projects: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/civix/

Happy Birthday, Student Vote.

Taylor

Taylor Gunn
President & CEO
CIVIX

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