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Voters in Training in a nutshell

Voters in Training is a citizenship education program that introduces young people to the election process while a municipal or provincial general election is being held.

Voters in Training involves three components:


Simulation that teaches how to vote

The Schools component is aimed at the staff of elementary schools (cycle 3) and secondary schools (general and vocational training) who want an original and dynamic way to include democratic education in their curriculum.

This component offers learning activities that fit into the Qu?bec Education Program. The highlight of the process is organizing an election simulation in the classroom or the school while an actual provincial or municipal election campaign is going on.

Youth organizations

Simulation that provides a democratic experience

The Youth Organizations component is aimed at workers in youth organizations who want to offer young people a unique and tangible democratic experience.

This component offers workshops in which youth are made aware of the importance of the role they will be called upon to play in society as citizens. During a provincial or municipal election campaign, they will receive guidance for carrying out an election simulation.

Small polling stations

Experiencing democracy as a family

The Small Polling Stations component takes place during a provincial election. On the day of the vote, a polling station is specially set up for children accompanying their parents to vote. There they can also fill out a ballot paper, and better understand how our democracy works.

Since 2015, Voters in Training has been coordinated by Élections Québec. It is offered at no cost across Quebec in both English and French (under the name Voters in Training). The program was developed and led by Forum jeunesse de l'Île de Montréal from 2001 to 2014.