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2015 National Youth Survey


The goal of the NYS is to provide detailed information on the motivational and access barriers that Canadian youth aged 18 to 34 experience that prevent them from voting. The 2015 survey has provided an updated portrait of youth voting behaviour in Canada. Compared to voters over the age of 35, there continue to be differences in reported behaviour, attitudes and knowledge about voting and the voting process. The largest differences are observed in the youngest cohort, those 18 to 22 years of age. These differences appear consistently throughout the findings, affecting both access and motivational factors, and indicate that youth in particular have different information needs than older adults. Additionally, the study finds a number of important differences among youth subgroups, notably for Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities and unemployed youth, indicating that youth are not a homogeneous population.