This resource helps literacy practitioners engage adult learners in civic literacy leading up to the federal election. Created in partnership with Elections Canada, A Guide to Voting includes information, links, and activities to help learners understand voting basics, such as how to register to vote, different ways to vote, and the accessibility resources available. It also guides practitioners through talking to their learners about why voting is important and what to expect at a polling place.
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.
Download select activities from the Guide to Voting workbook:
For online versions of all the activities in this guide, take the Guide to Voting course on the ABC Skills Hub.
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Civic Literacy in Canada
- More civically literate citizens are less likely to be influenced by negative and divisive campaigning. More civically literate citizens are also more tolerant of others and their political views. Greater openness and acceptance of different political views can lead to politics where more voices and opinions are heard. (Investing in Canadians’ civic literacy: An answer to fake news and disinformation, The Samara Centre for Democracy)
- The Canadian Election Study found that in 2015, only 60% of Canadians could identify their premier, compared to 90% in 1984 (Investing in Canadians’ civic literacy: An answer to fake news and disinformation, The Samara Centre for Democracy)
- A 2010 study found that nearly 20% of Canadian adults don’t pay attention to the news (Investing in Canadians’ civic literacy: An answer to fake news and disinformation, The Samara Centre for Democracy)
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