Engaging Communities and Reducing Barriers

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Learning about elections and democracy can take place at every stage of our lives! The more we know and can share with our peers, the more inclusive and accessible our democracy becomes. This is especially true for communities that traditionally face higher barriers to the electoral process, including Indigenous electors, youth, electors with disabilities, and new Canadians.

Elections Canada’s Inspire Democracy program is designed for those who are eligible to vote but who may face barriers to participating in a federal election. Inspire Democracy offers toolkits to guide people through their individual election journeys.

  • One of the barriers to becoming a candidate in a federal election is having the right information. To help guide someone along the path to candidacy, we’ve created a toolkit on Running in a Federal Election. It brings together all the resources you, or someone in your community, will need at each stage of the journey as a candidate.
  • Thinking of working at the next federal election but not sure if it’s right for you? Check out our toolkit on Working at a Federal Election, which outlines how you can keep Canada’s democracy strong by helping administer an election.
  • If you or your community wants more information about how to vote in a federal election, our Registering and Voting toolkit is for you! We walk through the experience and explain the many ways to register and vote.

Inspire Democracy also works with organizations across Canada to ensure that communities are informed about how to participate in a federal election. Connect with us to learn more!