There are a number of organizations that promote awareness and understanding of Canada's electoral process, democratic and civic engagement, community involvement and active citizenship for elementary and secondary students and for educators.
Below are links to civic and democratic engagement organizations. Canadian youth can find more ways to get informed, get involved and help the next generation be ready to vote in their first election when they turn 18.
- Youth Organizations and Programs
- Teacher Information
- Your Province or Territory's Electoral Body
- Other Resources
If you are looking for more general information on the electoral process, visit Elections Canada's Links page.
Youth Organizations and Programs
Apathy is Boring is a national non-partisan project that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy.
Canada World Youth is a national, non-governmental organization that helps young people develop important skills while living and working in communities in Canada and around the world.
CIVIX is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working with educators to engage young Canadians in the democratic process. CIVIX's flagship program is a parallel election for students under the voting age, coinciding with official election periods.
Every week of the school year, 120 to 148 youths from across Canada come to Ottawa, where they discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career options, develop their civic leadership skills and live an extraordinary bilingual experience.
The Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française represents the interests of young French-speaking Canadians and helps them reach their full potential. The FJCF's strength lies in the vitality of its network, and the organization plays a pivotal role with regard to youth.
Forum for Young Canadians is an educational experience created to teach youth about the ins and outs of running the country. Each one-week session gives 125 students (aged 15–19 years) from across Canada a bilingual, behind-the-scenes introduction to Parliament Hill.
Historica Canada provides educators, students and all interested Canadians with a variety of educational programs, events and resources that help Canadians engage in meaningful ways with our history, identity and shared citizenship.
The Senate, the House of Commons and the Library of Parliament offer Canadian youth unique job opportunities, internships and programs to learn how Parliament works.
Through this program, 220 outstanding senior high school students from across Canada spend four days in the National Capital Region, to develop their potential as leaders in their communities and in Canadian society.
TakingITGlobal serves youth worldwide through innovative education programs and a multilingual online learning community that provides access to resources and action tools intended to inspire, inform and involve.
YOUCAN is a non-profit organization specializing in youth-led methods for non-violent conflict resolution. YOUCAN is driven by youth and community volunteers, and they are the key to its success.
The Government of Canada's youth Web site offers information on a wide variety of vocational and educational programs and services.
Through the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians, teachers can bring civics, history, social studies and other subjects to life by inviting a former member of Parliament to speak to their class. Former MPs have first-hand knowledge about many aspects of our democracy. They can also share their stories about what it's like to be a member of Parliament.
The Civics Education Network is dedicated to improving political education in Ontario by supporting teachers and students of civics and politics across the province. Programs are designed to support the excellent work already being done in Ontario public schools.
Equal Voice is a multi-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the election of more women to all orders of government in Canada. Equal Voice Youth was established in the summer of 2005 to engage young Canadians in a drive to ensure that women are equally represented in public life.
The Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation is a non-profit, registered, charitable organization established by Herb, Audrey and Bernice Carnegie in 1987. It has two mandates: to foster self-esteem and ethical behaviour through the application of the Future Aces Creed and to assist youth to attain the highest level of achievement both personally and academically within their capabilities.
The Parliament of Canada is pleased to offer a comprehensive collection of programs and resources for teachers. The resources are designed to help students understand parliamentary structure and process, and are tailored for all levels of instruction.
This intensive professional development opportunity provides an insider's view of Canada's parliamentary system. Participants explore key issues in parliamentary democracy. They also develop and gather resources for teaching about Parliament, governance, democracy and citizenship.
Your Province or Territory's Electoral Body
LEGISinfo is an essential research tool for finding information on legislation before Parliament. This tool provides electronic access to a wide range of information about individual bills.
Through this lively and readable booklet, Senator Eugene Forsey has helped tens of thousands of students, teachers, legislators and ordinary citizens in Canada and around the world understand the Canadian system of government.