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Voting equity

In 2022, Elections Calgary led the Voting Equity Research Project (VERP). Our goal is to reduce barriers and improve participation among immigrant Calgarians in future elections.

Public input provided data and valuable insights Elections Calgary will use in planning for the 2025 General Election.

Voting

Public feedback


VERP used three methods to gather public feedback:

  • focus groups,
  • in-depth interviews with cultural and community leaders, and
  • online surveys.

This approach provided an in-depth understanding from immigrant Calgarians. We can generalize about Calgary’s broader immigrant population from the survey data.

The research confirmed what Elections Calgary is doing well to engage Calgarians. It also showed a need for more engagement, and easy to access education to empower people to vote.

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Action areas


Recent Canadian research suggests that new Canadians are less likely than others to be interested, feel engaged, and participate in municipal elections. Elections Calgary will act in three areas in improve this knowledge gap:

Civic engagement

Election worker

Our research shows immigrant Calgarians have less knowledge on municipal government and elections compared to the provincial and federal government. This is despite immigrant Calgarians overwhelmingly stating that they are highly interested in all levels of government. Elections Calgary will provide information and tools on:

  • the role of local government,
  • what councillors, school board trustees, and the mayor do,
  • the role of other levels of government, and
  • how to participate.

Candidate engagement

Voting sign

The desire to "know" candidates better helps to create a more personal relationship with potential voters. It also gives voters a chance to learn more about their candidates.

Elections Calgary will explore partnerships with civic and community groups, such as the Calgary Public Library. These partnerships will allow residents to learn about their councillor, school board trustee and mayoral candidates.

Voter engagement

Casting a ballot

Elections Calgary will improve information and resources on:

  • where to vote,
  • how to vote, and
  • why your vote is important to Calgary’s future.

Learn more


View the data summary in the Voting Equity Research Presentation PDF.

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