Youth voter turnout in Canada: YM32-2/2016-104E-PDF

“From 1980 to 2015, Canada’s youngest voters turned out for federal general elections in numbers well below the turnout rate for all other demographic groups. Although youth voter turnout was significantly higher for the 42nd general election in 2015 than in previous years, it was still below the overall voter participation rate. This disengagement by Canadian young people from participation in the electoral process has acted as a significant downward drag on overall turnout figures. Average overall voter turnout in federal general elections has remained below 70% since 1993. The 2008 election had the lowest voter turnout since Confederation, with an estimated 56.5% of eligible voters casting ballots. Overall turnout increased slightly to 58.5% in the 2011 election, then climbed back up to 66.1%6 in the 2015 federal election. According to a number of studies, the conventional wisdom that non-voters become voters as they get older may no longer hold true. That being said, the turnout in the 2015 election was such as to warrant a reconsideration of the engagement of youth in the democratic life of Canada. This paper provides a brief overview of youth voter turnout from 1965 to 2015 and goes on to consider the effects of declining voter participation on Canadian democracy. The determinants of Canadian youth voter participation are subsequently examined through various surveys and studies. Steps taken by Elections Canada to remedy the situation are then discussed”--Intro., p. 1.

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Title Youth voter turnout in Canada
Series Title Background paper ;
Publication Type Series - View Master Record
Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
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Note Issued also in French under title: La participation électorale des jeunes au Canada. Cover title. "13 October 2016."
Date c2016.
Number of Pages i, 15 p. :
Catalogue Number
  • YM32-2/2016-104E-PDF
Subject Terms Young adults, Elections, Participation