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National Youth Survey Report

SECTION 1: GENERAL PROJECT OVERVIEW

1.1 Background

Elections Canada is the independent, non-partisan agency responsible for conducting federal general elections, by-elections and referendums. As part of its mandate, Elections Canada implements public education and information programs to make the electoral process better known to the public, particularly to those persons and groups most likely to experience difficulties in exercising their democratic rights. In 2008, Elections Canada implemented a five-year Strategic Plan 20082013, which identified youth engagement as one of three strategic objectives. To inform its outreach efforts encouraging youth electoral participation, Elections Canada commissioned R.A. Malatest & Associates Ltd. (hereafter referred to as "the consultant") to design, administer and analyze the results of the National Youth Survey.

1.2 Objectives and Scope of the Survey

The purpose of the survey, which was national in scope, was to provide research findings to allow Elections Canada to better target and tailor its outreach and educational initiatives to Canadian youth aged 18 to 34, with additional information on subgroups. Specific objectives included the following: