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What is the census?
The census is information about who lives in Canada.
The information is gathered by Statistics Canada.
What do I have to do?
You will get an envelope in the mail.
Follow the directions in the envelope.
You can answer the census questions in two ways:
- You can fill in the form online.
- You can ask for a paper form.
There is a federal election in Canada
on Monday, October 19, 2015.
Voters in each province
and territory elect Members of Parliament (MPs)*.
You can vote in this federal election if you:
- are a Canadian citizen.
- are at least 18 years old on election day.
- can prove your identity and address.
Make sure you are registered to vote:
You have to be registered
if you want to vote.
Click here to learn more.
Canada has 338 electoral areas called ridings.
Voters in each riding elect one MP.
The 338 MPs represent the people
in their ridings.
The MPs also help to run the government.
The party with the most MPs
forms the government.
The Conservative party formed the government
in the last federal election
because it had the most MPs.