What it measures
This indicator measures the extent to which Canadian citizens take part in the democratic process by assessing the percentage of eligible voters that vote in federal elections. Voting is a fundamental part of the democratic process and the most common and direct form of democratic participation in Canada.
Why this matters
It is important to understand the extent to which Canadians are engaged in politics because it is an indication of whether or not people chose to exercise their democratic rights and privileges. Higher numbers reflect more democratic engagement and interest in election outcomes, whereas lower numbers suggest a level of apathy or ambivalence toward the political process.
Indicator data table
Statistics Canada, CANSIM Table 118-0006; Elections Canada
- Statistics Canada: Reasons for not voting in the federal election, 2015
- How Canada Performs: Voter turnout
- Statistics Canada: Factors contributing to voter participation