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More than 1.1 million elementary and secondary school students participated in Student Vote Canada, coinciding with the 2019 federal election. Supplied photo/Civix

More than 1.1 million elementary and secondary school students participated in Student Vote Canada 2019, coinciding with the 2019 federal election. 

After learning about the electoral process, researching the parties and platforms, and debating Canada’s future, students cast their ballots for the official candidates running in their school’s riding. 

As of 5 p.m. ET today, 1,167,110 votes were reported from 7,747 schools across the country, with results from 338 federal ridings. 

Here’s how the mock student vote broke down:

• The Liberal Party took 22.3% of the popular vote and won 109 seats, forming a minority government. Justin Trudeau won in his riding of Papineau. 

• The NDP will form the official opposition with 24.8% of the popular vote and 98 seats. Jagmeet Singh won his seat in Burnaby South. 

• The Conservative Party took 25.0% of the popular vote and won 94 seats. Andrew Scheer won his seat in Regina—Qu’Appelle. 

• The Green Party took 18.2% of the popular vote and won 28 seats. Elizabeth May won her seat in Saanich—Gulf Islands. 

• The Bloc Québecois took 1.3% of the popular vote and won 9 seats. Yves-François Blanchet did not win his seat in Beloeil—Chambly. 

“We are thrilled with the turnout for Student Vote Canada 2019,” says Taylor Gunn, President and CEO of CIVIX Canada. “We are grateful for all the teachers that dedicated time and energy to cultivating the next generation of voters.” 

“Elections Canada is proud to have helped make Student Vote Canada 2019 possible,” says Stéphane Perrault, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada. “This program is one of the ways we educate future voters and help raise active citizens.” 

Here’s the provincial breakdown: 

• Ontario – 456,129 participating students elected 54 Liberal, 35 NDP, 27 Conservative and 5 Green Party candidates. 

• Quebec – 102,722 participating students elected 35 Liberal, 21 NDP, 9 Bloc Québecois, 9 Conservative and 4 Green Party candidates. 

• British Columbia – 206,676 participating students elected 24 NDP, 10 Conservative and 8 Green Party candidates. 

• Alberta – 207,898 participating students elected 30 Conservative, 3 NDP and 1 Liberal candidates. 

• Saskatchewan – 44,341 participating students elected 11 Conservative and 3 NDP candidates. 

• Manitoba – 38,189 participating students elected 6 NPD, 5 Conservative and 3 Liberal candidates. 

• Nova Scotia – 38,461 participating students elected 5 Liberal, 4 Green Party and 2 NDP candidates. 

• New Brunswick – 37,295 participating students elected 5 Green Party, 3 Liberal and 2 Conservative candidates. 

• Newfoundland and Labrador – 21,837 participating students elected 5 Liberal and 2 NDP candidates. 

• Prince Edward Island – 8,079 participating students elected 2 Green Party and 2 Liberal candidates. 

• Northwest Territories – 2,114 participating students elected 1 Liberal candidate. 

• Yukon – 1,937 participating students elected 1 NDP candidate. 

• Nunavut – 1,829 participating students elected 1 NDP candidate. 

To view the complete results, including a riding and school-by-school breakdown, visit here.

Student Vote is a program of CIVIX, a non-partisan registered Canadian charity dedicated to strengthening democracy through citizenship education among school-aged youth. 

Student Vote Canada 2019 is made possible by Elections Canada, an independent, non-partisan agency that reports directly to Parliament.




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