Civic Voting

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. The Civic Voting resources are for use at home and in workshops and activities that are also free for participants. Resources are not to be used for commercial purposes.

For online versions of all the activities in this guide, take the Guide to Voting course on the ABC Skills Hub.

Get your FREE copy of A Guide to Voting

Sign up to receive the workbook: A Guide to Voting. Once you have submitted your information, you will be directed to a page where you can download the workbook in both English and French.

Civic Literacy in Canada

  • If a person votes in the first election after they turn 18, they will probably be a lifelong voter. On the other hand, those who do not vote in that first election are unlikely to pick up the habit later in life. (Youth Voting Trends in Canada – Elections Canada, 2023)
  • Learning about civics increases interest in voting in future elections. Canadians who have learned about institutions and governments and current events have a much stronger intent to vote in upcoming elections. (Canadians Lack Basics of Civic Education and It’s Impacting Our Democracy – Abacus Data, 2023)
  • A third of Canadian adults don’t recall learning anything about civics in school. And the results for several key aspects of civic education are also quite poor. Only a third recall learning about current events (39%), how institutions and governments work (38%), and the roles and responsibilities of being a citizen (37%).  Only 1 in 10 Canadians say they were taught how to discuss controversial issues. (Canadians Lack Basics of Civic Education and It’s Impacting Our Democracy – Abacus Data, 2023)

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