Rising Leaders Take On the 2021 Federal Election
With a federal election right around the corner, and advanced polling starting today, we know that rising leaders will play an important role in shaping the future of our country – by voting in the upcoming federal election and encouraging those in our communities to do the same.
COVID-19 has further exacerbated societal inequities within the GTHA, and the leaders we elect on September 20th will play a vital role in tackling pertinent civic issues and helping us build better, more inclusive cities.
To stay up to date on all things #elxn44, we’ve put together a list of non-partisan resources to prepare you for Election Day! Don’t forget to follow @elnonline on Twitter for live updates and more resources.
Get To Know the Candidates
- Learn about each party’s platform in this list compiled by Maclean’s.
- Get to know the candidates running in your riding. Don’t forget to visit their websites for more insights on what they stand for.
- Not sure which party’s platform best aligns with your views? Check out CBC’s Vote Compass to find out!
Get Ready to Vote
- Check out Apathy is Boring’s #iSpeakElection video series and #ELXN2021 website, offering a helpful Q&A to walk you through the basics of voting.
- Learn how you can still vote if you will be out of your riding on election day with Elections Canada.
- If you’re a post-secondary student, check out the resources from Get Out the Vote, a non-partisan voter campaign by the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations.
- Concerned about COVID-19 and your safety during this year’s election? Read Elections Canada’s COVID-19 FAQs.
- Sign up to receive updates about McGill University and the University of Toronto’s Canadian Election Misinformation Project, which will monitor and respond to misinformation and disinformation incidents and threats throughout the election.
- Check out the Samara Centre’s SAMbot initiative, which uses AI to track toxic tweets received by incumbent candidates and political party leaders on the digital campaign trail. SAM will serve as a neutral observer, collecting critical insights into the current state of Canada’s online political space.
Spread the Word
- As a rising leader in your community, register to join the 2021 Canadian VOTE Coalition and help to lead the largest non-partisan voter engagement campaign in Canadian history.
- Download the 2021 Voter Engagement And Outreach Handbook, developed by the Democratic Engagement Exchange to share resources and tools for non-partisan voter engagement.
- Read the Inspire Democracy toolkit on Registering and Voting in a Federal Election, which outlines steps you can follow to help your community learn about registering and voting in a federal election.
- Sign-up to access free digital shareables from the Democratic Engagement Exchange for election outreach and engagement.