This resource helps literacy practitioners engage adult learners in civic literacy in advance of the October 2019 federal election. Created in partnership with Elections Canada, A Guide to Voting includes information, links and suggested activities to help students learn about 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 students 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. We want every Canadian to vote, and every person to let the country know their beliefs, needs and wants.
Find out how to keep your learners more civically engaged post-election in this webinar.
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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)