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Inspire Democracy is an Elections Canada program developed to understand why some Canadians do not exercise their democratic right to vote, and to act on what we learn from working directly with communities.

Research shows that certain communities experience more practical and motivational barriers to participating in elections than other communities, whether it is registering, voting, working at the polls, or being a candidate in a federal election. The communities who experience these barriers the most are:

  • First Nations, Métis, and Inuit electors
  • people with disabilities
  • youth, and
  • new Canadians

Inspire Democracy helps address these barriers by providing tools for engaging with leaders and organizations representing these communities.