Canada votes in September

Canada is holding a general election. The election is on September 20.

What are we voting for?

Voters elect 338 Members of Parliament (MPs). Most MPs belong to a political party.

The party with 170 or more elected MPs forms the government.

The leader of the party becomes the Prime Minister.

This is Parliament Hill in Ottawa.


Why should I vote?

When you vote, you are taking a stand on issues that are important to Canadians.

You are choosing a person or a political party that shares your views on:

  • health care
  • economy
  • education
  • environment
  • foreign policy
  • human rights
  • taxes
  • security

Sometimes a MP wins by only a few votes. Your vote could decide the winner.


Learn more at and browse the resources listed on Decoda’s Civic Literacy Resources blog post.


Adapted from A Guide to Voting: A literacy practitioner workbook for voting in the Canadian federal election – ABC Life Literacy Canada,

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