Elections BC partners with post-secondary institutions to engage British Columbia’s youth in voter registration, the importance of voting, and democratic participation.
In 2012 Elections BC partnered with Emily Carr University of Art + Design to develop a youth voter engagement pilot project. The university created a design and dynamic media course called “Designing for Democracy”, where 19 third and fourth year students worked together to provide Elections BC with ideas on how to engage youth during 2013 Provincial General Election.
Building off of the successful 2012 pilot project with Emily Carr University of Art + Design, in 2015/2016 Elections BC undertook a similar project in the lead up to the 2017 Provincial General Election. This project, entitled Youth Participation through Post-Secondary Engagement, involved funding research related to youth voter engagement and voting at six post-secondary institutions in B.C.
The program culminated in the Philosophy, History, and Politics Undergraduate Conference at Thompson Rivers University where students presented their research. The tools and data collected will inform Elections BC’s youth engagement strategies now and in the future.