In the 2011 federal election, only 38.8 % of Canadians aged 18-24 exercised their right to vote. Despite repeated expressions of concern from elected officials, government officials, and community leaders over the past 20 years, broad and effective action is still needed to address the issue of youth voter engagement. This Council is being convened to ensure that immediate action is taken to engage Canada’s youth in the democratic process.
The Council on Youth Electoral Engagement is a non-partisan group of leading citizens from the fields of government, business, academia, journalism, and philanthropy. The Council members share a passion for youth engagement and democracy, as well as a desire to see action taken on this issue. The founding chair of the Council is Jean-Pierre Kingsley, former Chief Electoral Officer of Elections Canada and former President and CEO of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.
The objectives of the Council are:
- To promote awareness and action on the issue of youth voter engagement both during and between elections
- To convene experts and practitioners in the field with the purpose of sharing knowledge
- To ensure that effective practices in youth electoral engagement are widely applied and supported