Sudbury Students Vote
McGuinty Government Partners With Student Vote To Engage Youth In Democratic Process
Students in Sudbury cast their ballots today for their local mayor, councillor, and school trustee in the first ever province-wide municipal and school board election program for youth.
The program run by Student Vote, in partnership with the Ontario government, encourages youth under the voting age to participate in the democratic process through parallel elections, and develop voting habits they can apply as adults.
Student Vote occurs this year during Local Government Week, which runs from October 17 - 23.
Over 640 students at St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School participated in today's parallel election. Student Vote will share results with local media after the official polls close on October 25.
- More than 15 elementary and high schools in Sudbury are participating in the Student Vote program. More than 1,500 elementary and high schools are participating across the province.
- Student Vote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works with educators to engage young Canadians in the democratic process. Since 2003, more than 2 million students across Canada have participated in Student Vote parallel election projects.
- Local Government Week is an annual school-focused campaign to celebrate the important role municipal governments play in shaping our communities. It is a project of the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario and it is supported by both the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
“Ontario students are getting a real-life lesson on democracy in our local communities, and are learning about the importance of local government.”
“Student Vote and Local Government Week are working together to encourage Ontario's youth to get involved in the democratic process by participating in activities surrounding the municipal and school board elections. This brings real-life issues and candidates into the classroom, and teaches youth valuable skills and lessons that will last a lifetime.”