TORONTO, April 4 /CNW/ - College and college-university students across
Ontario will now have access to a federal election website which they
can call their own, as the College Student Alliance (CSA) launches itsyourvote.ca. This portal reflects the CSA's belief that Canadian youth should be
informed about the upcoming election. It is a means to address voter
apathy by providing a youth portal to link students to all of the tools
and information needed to vote.
The website was created to encourage the youth vote and allow the youth
to make an informed decision. Only 37.4% of 18 to 24-year-olds voted at
the 2008 general election, which means that more than 60% of young
Canadians did not participate in the election of the government. As of
2010, there were 577,615 students enrolled at colleges and universities
across Ontario, which demonstrates the increased importance of the
"The federal election has come at a unfavourable time this year as
students are writing exams and moving home, but we're hopeful with itsyourvote.ca that college and college-university students will be able to access
real-time information," states Justin Fox, President of CSA. "We have
also collaborated with other student alliances across Canada to come
together and help ensure the youth vote is more prominent. Together we
represent 681,000 post-secondary students across Canada."
Itsyourvote.ca provides access to each political party's website, the CSA's federal
election platform submission entitled "Shaping Post-Secondary Education in Canada: a College Perspective", and all of the necessary information needed to vote. Social media
will play an important part on the website as the CSA will have a live
streaming of tweets and comments from individuals across Canada
concerned about post-secondary education issues.
The College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy and leadership
organization, which has been proudly serving Ontario's college and
college-university students since 1975. The CSA currently represents 17
colleges and 25 member councils with over 135,000 full-time student
members throughout the province.
SOURCE College Student Alliance
For further information:
Justin Fox, President at 519-566-7211 firstname.lastname@example.org; or Jim Robeson, Director of Advocacy at 416-951-0181 email@example.com