OTTAWA, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Elections Canada and Canada's Public
Policy Forum today released Building Youth Civic Engagement through Collaboration: report of the
roundtable on youth voter engagement. The report details work on youth voter engagement issues which took
place earlier this year among 30 leaders from civil society, the
private sector and government, including educators, student leaders,
and representatives of youth-serving organizations and the media.
Key policy directions within the report include the need for a more
cohesive and multi-sectoral approach to youth voter engagement issues
throughout Canada, as well as a special focus on strategies to support
education and engagement among an increasingly fragmented youth
"Engaging young Canadians is key to maintaining a healthy democracy. As
leaders, educators or parents, we each have a role to play in fostering
civic participation among youth" said Marc Mayrand, Chief Electoral
Officer of Canada. "Today's report is a good example of the kind of
collaboration required to reach out to the next generation of voters."
"One of the most important outcomes of this work," noted Public Policy
Forum President and CEO David Mitchell, "is agreement that all sectors
of Canadian society need to be active in helping to address issues
related to voter engagement. Government cannot act on its own -
partnerships across all sectors must be built to ensure enhanced voter
The release of the report coincides with Canada's Democracy Week, an Elections Canada civic education initiative that is running from
September 15 to 22 across the country. The week includes a series of
events and activities designed to help young Canadians learn about
democracy and the importance of voting.
For more information on Democracy Week, please visit democracy-democratie.ca, Twitter at @democracyCA #demcda or facebook.com/canadasdemocracyweek.
To download the youth voter engagement report click here.
Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament. The Public
Policy Forum is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated
to improving the quality of government in Canada.
SOURCE: PUBLIC POLICY FORUM
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