October 13, 2015 14:33 ET

700,000 Elementary and High School Students Participate in National Student Vote Week

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - October 13, 2015) - This week, Canadian elementary and high school students will be talking politics and casting ballots for the official candidates running in the federal election. More than 7,500 schools have registered to participate in Student Vote 2015, representing all 338 ridings across Canada.

Students will take on the roles of deputy returning officers and poll clerks, and vote for the official candidates running in their riding. Their vote follows a series of instruction and activities focused on government and elections, research into the candidates, leaders and party platforms, as well as dialogue with family and friends.

Student Vote enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to experience the voting process firsthand and practice the habits of active and engaged citizenship.

From Victoria to St. John's, and Toronto to Yellowknife, more than 700,000 students will be voting in their schools between October 13 and 16.

Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX. CIVIX is a national civic education charity building the capacity and commitment of young Canadians to participate in their democracy.

CIVIX has partnered with Elections Canada to provide the Student Vote program free to schools in conjunction with the 2015 federal election.

For further information: To capture Student Vote Day in your local schools and speak to young Canadians about the election, please contact Dan Allan at or 1-866-488-8775.


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