DATE AND TIME
Sat, 10 March 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
MacOdrum Library, Room 252
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
The Carleton Unversity Disability Research Group is working with Elecitions Canada on a workshop, Inspire Democracy, to discuss civic engagement and electoral participation in Canada. It was created to speak to and to help comprehend why certain groups of Canadians are not voting. Through their workshops they hope to communicate with organizations and community leaders on how to work together to solve this problem.
The primary role of these workshops is to communicate research that was done following the 2015 federal election demonstrated that disabled electors were facing more unknown barriers, including both physical and non-physical barriers, than other Canadians. This tendency has continued since the 2011 election. Research also revealed that younger voters with disabilities possessed a higher likelihood of being politically active in the 2015 election.
Inspire Democracy is an Elections Canada initiative that helps the organization understand and address motivational barriers that electors face to civic engagement and electoral participation. Inspire Democracy workshops, presentations and kiosks are aimed at groups who have experienced barriers to the electoral process, including electors with disabilities, Indigenous electors and new voters (youth and new Canadians). The purpose of the workshops is to encourage increased civic engagement by developing a shared understanding of the barriers that electors face and of the importance of voting. By taking part in an Inspire Democracy workshop, participants join Elections Canada’s growing network of engaged citizens. ElectionsCanada then works with community leaders, so they can take action to increase civic engagement and electoral participation in a meaningful way in their respective communities.
For more information and to register for the free event, click here.