Once the election writs are issued, candidates start campaigning. The election or campaign period must be at least 36 days and no more than 50 days.
During the campaign, the goal of the parties and candidates is to convince voters that they are the best party or person for the job. To do this, parties and candidates
- promote their platform (usually this is a document that parties use to tell voters about their goals, ideas and principles—it is a way for parties to put in writing what they would do if they are elected)
- go door to door in their riding to meet with voters
- take part in debates with candidates of other parties
Did you know? In the 2019 federal election, 2,146 Canadians registered as candidates. That’s about 5% of the population.