Student Vote is a parallel election for students under the voting age, coinciding with official election periods.
Participating students research the issues, parties and candidates through classroom activities and school-wide events. The program culminates with an authentic vote where students cast ballots for the official candidates running in their school’s riding. The results are shared with the media for broadcast and publication following the close of the polls.
The purpose is to provide young Canadians with an opportunity to experience the voting process firsthand and practice the habits of informed and engaged citizenship.
The program aims to achieve the following objectives among students:
- Increase knowledge about the electoral process and government in Canada
- Foster a sense of civic responsibility
- Encourage political dialogue with friends and family
- Heighten interest about politics and public policy
- Practice critical thinking and decision making skills
Since 2003, 26 Student Vote parallel elections have been successfully designed and coordinated. These programs have reached over 9 thousand schools and more than 3 million students across Canada.