Vote this weekend - and don't forget to take the kids with you

October 11 2018 Vancouver's youngsters get to have their say through new Kids Vote program

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

For the first time in Vancouver, under-18s can try out voting through a special Kids Vote program which focuses on issues important to them.

This Saturday and Sunday, children under 18 can go to any advance voting place and vote on three questions printed on special pink Kids Vote ballots.

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 St
  • Hastings Community Centre, 3096 E Hastings St
  • Kerrisdale Community Centre, 5851 West Boulevard
  • Killarney Community Centre, 6260 Killarney St
  • Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre, 2690 Larch St
  • Marpole - Oakridge Community Centre, 990 W 59th Ave
  • Renfrew Park Community Centre, 2929 E 22nd Ave
  • Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
  • Sunset Community Centre, 6810 Main St
  • Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Dr
  • West End Community Centre, 870 Denman St
  • Vancouver City Hall, 453 W 12th Ave

View our voting place map

Learn more about the 2018 election

What kids say about Kids Vote

Last week, 26 grade five students from Elsie Roy Elementary had the chance to cast their ballots early and discuss why they think voting is important as part of a special event at City Hall.

Speaking about his experience of the Kids Vote, one of the students Daniel said: 'I'm happy I could vote because I think voting is really important. If you don't vote then you can't complain if things don't turn out as you want."

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 questions are designed to get children thinking about what a city does and how they, as kids, participate in their community today.

More about Kids Vote

Vancouver's Kids Vote was inspired by a similar program run in Montreal.

Explaining the program, Paul Hendren, Election Outreach Lead at the City of Vancouver, said: "Kids Vote gives young voters the chance to experience the election process at an actual voting place and encourages them to think about the issues that they care about. We look forward to seeing how Vancouver's next generation of electors vote when we announce the results on election day."

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.