Voting Rights through Time

Voting Rights through Time. Exploring issues of inclusion since 1867

At a glance

In this activity, students will:

  • reflect on the question of inclusion and exclusion,
  • work together to examine case studies—including primary sources and events—related to voting rights in federal elections for different groups,
  • create a “timeline with attitude” that shows how a group was included or excluded in Canadian democracy over time, and
  • find out about the history of the federal vote more generally through a video and an infographic.

Big idea: The right to vote has not always existed for everyone in Canada. For a long time, voting was seen as a privilege: certain groups in the population were excluded at different times. Now all Canadian citizens 18 and over have the right to vote.

Subjects: This activity can be used in a history, social studies, civics or citizenship class.

Language learner version: This activity includes a version for language learners and struggling readers. Plain language and simple sentences make this version ideal for lower-literacy, immersion and second language students. Also, there are fewer activity cards, so students can complete the activity in the allotted time and achieve the same learning outcomes.

Level: Secondary

Time needed: 60 minutes