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Turned 18? It's your turn to have your say

Make sure you're registered to vote at your current address

To vote in a federal election, you must first be registered. You can register online, by mail, or at the polls when you go to vote.

To register and vote in the federal election, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be at least 18 years old on election day
  • prove your identity and address

Registering in advance has its advantages!

It will ensure that, when an election is called, you receive a personalized voter information card that tells you where, when and the ways to vote.

It will save you time when you go to vote!


Now it's your turn to vote and make a difference

It's important that you actively participate in democracy and that you have your say on the issues that are important to you and affect your future. In this fast-moving environment, every voice counts. Start by taking the first step: being registered to vote.

The participation of voters aged 18–24 decreased between the 2019 and 2021 federal elections. In 2021, participation dropped to 46.7% from the previous 52.8%–which was already lower than the highest participation on record (for the 2015 federal election), that is, 57.1%.

Figure 1: Voter Turnout by Age Group, 2021 General Election

Voter Turnout by Age Group, 2021 General Election

Text version of "Figure 1: Voter Turnout by Age Group, 2021 General Election"
Age Group Turnout
1st time 44.7%
not 1st time 47.4%
18–24 46.7%
25–34 52.8%
35–44 59.0%
45–54 63.8%
55–64 68.3%
65–74 74.9%
75+ 65.9%

Elections Canada is taking steps to make voting easier for young people:

  • offering education programs for elementary and high school students
  • doing outreach to campuses and youth organizations
  • providing information and resources to reduce barriers faced by youth and students; making Vote on Campus services available to students
  • commissioning studies to better understand why some young people don't vote, and identify ways to further reduce barriers to participation
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Figure 2: Official Turnout Rates in Canadian General Elections, 1949 to 2021
(Official turnout in Canada is based on the count of individuals on the final list of electors)

Official Turnout Rates in Canadian General Elections, 1949 to 2021

Text version of "Figure 2: Official Turnout Rates in Canadian General Elections, 1949 to 2021"
Polling day Registered electors Voters Official turnout
27 June 1949 7,893,629 5,903,572 73.8%
10 August 1953 8,401,691 5,701,963 67.5%
10 June 1957 8,902,125 6,680,690 74.1%
31 March 1958 9,131,200 7,357,139 79.4%
18 June 1962 9,700,325 7,772,656 79.0%
8 April 1963 9,910,757 7,958,636 79.2%
8 November 1965 10,274,904 7,796,728 74.8%
25 June 1968 10,860,888 8,217,916 75.7%
30 October 1972 13,000,778 9,974,661 76.7%
8 July 1974 13,620,353 9,671,002 71.0%
22 May 1979 15,233,653 11,541,000 75.7%
18 February 1980 15,890,416 11,015,514 69.3%
4 September 1984 16,774,941 12,638,424 75.3%
21 November 1988 17,639,001 13,281,191 75.3%
25 October 1993 19,906,796 13,863,135 69.6%
2 June 1997 19,663,478 13,174,698 67.0%
27 November 2000 21,243,473 12,997,185 64.1%
28 June 2004 22,466,621 13,683,570 60.9%
23 January 2006 23,054,615 14,908,703 64.7%
14 October 2008 23,677,639 13,929,093 58.8%
2 May 2011 24,257,592 14,823,408 61.1%
19 October 2015 25,939,742 17,711,983 68.3%
21 October 2019 27,373,058 18,350,359 67.0%
20 September 2021 27,509,496 17,209,811 62.6%
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