Youth Votes Matter

September 23, 2015

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Jobs – Young workers and students are having trouble finding good jobs with benefits and job security. Many of the jobs available are short term, contract and precarious – making it hard to pay off student loans or get out of your parent’s basement.

Child care – The cost of child care amounts to a second mortgage for many young families, if they can even find a space. We need a plan that ensures safe, affordable, available child care for every child.

Education – As the cost of going to school skyrockets, and student debt rises, accessing quality post-secondary education falls further out of reach formany young Canadians.

Climate – The economy and the environment go hand in hand. Climate change is a reality, and a just transition to a greener economy is necessary for our wellbeing and that of future generations.

Public transit & infrastructure – Building greener cities can be tied to job creation for young people. Having sustainable transportation systems is good for communities.

Healthy democracy – The new Elections Act has made it harder for many young people and students to vote. We need a systemt that encourages young people to exercise their voices. When youth vote, we create change on issues important to us.

We have better choices. Vote for change on October 19th.


How to vote on Oct. 19

1. Make sure you are registered
2. Have your voter information ready
3. Check that you have the right ID

Get registered

It’s simple. Just visit You can also register when you show up to vote, but you must bring the proper identification.

Voter Information

When you register to vote, you will receive a voter information card in the mail telling you where to go vote (your polling station).

Voter Identification

To vote you can:

  • Show 1 piece of government-issued ID, which must include a name, photo, and current address (for example, a driver’s license, provincial or territorial ID card); or,
  • Show 2 pieces of ID, one piece with your name and another with your name and address (for example, a health card and a phone bill, or debit card and a bank statement); or,
  • Take an oath, show two pieces of ID with your name, and have someone who knows you attest to your address (this person must show proof of identity and address, and be registered in the same polling division as you); or,
  • Provide a letter of confirmation of residence, letter of stay, admission form, or statement of benefits from one of the designated establishments: student residence, senior residence, shelter, or soup kitchen.
Where To Vote:
  1. Advance polls October 9-12 (from 12pm to 8pm): Vote at your advance polling station.
  2. Before October 13: Vote any time at any Elections Canada office.
  3. Election Day October 19: Vote at your polling station.


Elections Canada has just announced the locations of its new, on-campus polling stations. They’re open from Oct. 5 to 8. Find out more. 

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