Kids Vote gets kids involved in the Vancouver city election

October 2 2018 Program runs October 13 and 14

Children holding hands walking away from camera with caption: my city. my vote. october 2018.

In the 2018 Vancouver city election, kids can try out voting through a special Kids Vote program!

On Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, children under 18 can go to any advance voting location and vote on three questions printed on special pink Kids Vote ballots.

Inspired by a similar program run in Montreal, we hope to encourage kids to vote in the future by giving young voters the chance to experience the election process at an actual voting place.

The ballot and questions

On the Kids Vote ballot, kids are asked to select one option for each of three multiple choice questions:

  • In Vancouver, what services are most important for you?
  • Which elected role would you like to have in Vancouver?
  • What is one way you are active in your city?

The Kids Vote ballot is modeled on the official election ballot, asking children to fill in a circle beside their choice.

The questions are designed to get children thinking about what a city does and how they, as kids, participate in their community today. Our Children, Youth, and Family Advisory Committee helped develop the questions.

View the ballot

The full Kids Vote ballot is available online and in the printed voters' guide.

Just like adults, kids are encouraged to read the questions, think about their answers, and plan their votes before they arrive.

The results of the Kids Vote will be announced on Saturday October 20 after 8pm.

Advance voting places

The Kids Vote program will be available at all 12 advance voting places on October 13 and 14:

  • Britannia Community Services Centre, 1661 Napier Street
  • Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings Street
  • Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Boulevard
  • Killarney Community Centre, 6260 Killarney Street
  • Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre, 2690 Larch Street
  • Marpole - Oakridge Community Centre, 990 West 59th Avenue
  • Renfrew Park Community Centre, 2929 East 22nd Avenue
  • Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
  • Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main Street
  • Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive
  • West End Community Centre, 870 Denman Street
  • Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue

Student Vote: in-school education program

In addition to Kids Vote, to encourage even more children to practice their rights and responsibilities as citizens, we're partnering with the national charity CIVIX to bring the Student Vote program external website to schools.

Student Vote is a learning program that enables teachers to bring democracy alive in the classroom, and empowers students to experience the voting process firsthand.

Over 70 schools have already registered to participate across Vancouver.

About Student Vote

Students learn about government and the electoral process, and research the issues, party platforms, and candidates through classroom activities, family discussion, and media consumption.

In the culminating activity, students take on the roles of election officials and coordinate the voting process for their peers.

On October 18 and October 19, students cast ballots for the official candidates running for mayor, councillor, Park Board commissioner, and school trustee. The results will be released publicly following the close of voting on Saturday, October 20.

Learn more about the 2018 election