Civic Literacy

What is civic literacy?

Civic literacy is the knowledge and skills you need to participate in making change in your community. In Canada, this includes:

· Voting

· Knowing how the government works

· Rights and responsibilities of citizens and elected members of government

When you have strong civic literacy skills, you know how to make your voice heard by all levels of government—before, during and after an election. We want every Canadian to vote, and every person to let the country know their beliefs, needs and wants.

That’s why ABC Life Literacy Canada has partnered with Elections Canada to create
A Guide to Voting: A Literacy Practitioner Workbook for Voting in the 2015 Federal Election.

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We created this resource to help literacy practitioners engage adult learners in civic literacy in advance of the October 2015 federal election. The information, links and suggested activities will help your students learn about voting basics such as where, when and ways to register and vote as well as help you talk to your students about why voting is important and how they can participate.

Each page of A Guide to Voting includes links for more information. We have also included a step-by-step activity at the end of the booklet to help you have your own practice election in the classroom or at home. Practice elections are really the best way to familiarize learners with the process of elections and build confidence and engagement in the process.

Looking for more resources? 

Elections Canada has launched a series of shareable online products with information on where, when and ways to register and vote. Elections Canada has also launched a series of print products that can be distributed to your networks. These products include:

· My Voters Guide

· List of accepted voter ID

· Students – Get Ready to Vote Postcard

· Registration and ID Flyer (Voter’s Checklist)

To request copies, contact Elections Canada’s Enquiries Unit at 1-800-463-6868 or order online.

Canada’s Democracy Week 2015

Canada’s Democracy Week will take place September 14–21, 2015. The theme this year is “Let’s get Canada ready to vote”.

CDW2015 will seek to:

·Inform Canadians on where, when and ways to register and vote

·Identify ways for educators and pre-voters to discover the Canadian electoral process during an election year and participate in election-related programming, such as through Student Vote 2015 and the National Democracy Challenge

Visit Canada’s Democracy Week website for a backgrounder on this year’s initiative and a fact sheet on how to get involved. 

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