Percentage of voter turnout at federal elections

What it measures

Dimension: Participation

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.

Data source(s)

Statistics Canada, CANSIM Table 118-0006; Elections Canada

Further information:

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Graph if trends in indicator. Details in data table following graph