Coinciding with government elections, students under the voting age learn about government and the electoral process, research the parties and platforms, discuss relevant issues and cast ballots for the official election candidates. The results are shared with the media for broadcast and publication following the closing of the official polls.
Student Vote is a parallel election program that began in 2003 with the Ontario provincial election and coincides with municipal, provincial / territorial and federal general elections. Since 2003, CIVIX has organized 37 Student Vote projects: 5 federal, 21 provincial, 5 territorial and 6 municipal. In total, the Student Vote program has reached over 10 thousand schools and 4 million students across Canada.
In partnership with Elections Canada, Student Vote will be organized for the federal election of 2019 from coast to coast to coast. The Student Vote Program Involves Four Key Steps:
An independent evaluation commissioned by Elections Canada reports that the Student Vote program is having a significant impact among students in the key areas associated with future voting, as well as increasing the engagement of families in the election.