Election Watch

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s colleges and institutes have contributed to building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting innovation. The integral role that they play at the heart of their communities has never been so apparent.

With campuses all over the country, they are ready to help Canadians affected by the pandemic get back to work, thanks to a variety of upskilling and reskilling options. All while supporting efforts to build resilience and foster inclusive social and economic development by increasing access to skills training for vulnerable Canadians, improving SME and community innovation, advancing reconciliation, and working towards a net zero economy.

Did you know?

  • Over 95% of Canadians, and 86% of Indigenous people live within 50km of a college campus or learning centre.
  • Colleges and institutes serve as vital community hubs that work closely with employers through program advisory committees to help ensure skills training meets their needs.
  • In 2019-2020, colleges and institutes worked with over 8000 partners on applied research projects, resulting in over 5500 concrete innovations, including new products, services, prototypes and processes.
  • Canada’s extensive network of colleges and institutes generates over $191 billion in additional income to the national economy every year and for every dollar spent on providing college and institute education, $5.40 is added in national income and social savings.

Want to learn more? Check out these additional resources.

Fact sheet

Learn more about the current priorities of colleges and institutes.


Check out the following videos to see colleges and institutes in action, training a qualified workforce and supporting the success of key sectors of Canada’s economy:

See how colleges and institutes support their learners and put them on the path to success.

Your Election Hub

Party platforms

We are committed to providing you with important information about what the national parties are saying during the election. Follow the links below to connect with the national parties. Check back throughout the election to access the party platforms as they become available.

Make your voice heard.

Voting is the best way to have your say in our democratic process! Do you want to learn more about voting or working at local polling stations? Elections Canada is a great resource! To learn more about voter eligibility dates, voting locations, work opportunities, and more, check out their website.

Specific information is also available for students, whether they want to vote in their home riding, or at a different address.

Stay informed

Debates are a key element of federal elections and we encourage you to follow along. To learn more about who will take part, participation criteria, language accessibility and more, please visit the Leaders Debates Commission website.

Important dates: The proposed dates for the federal leaders’ debates are September 8 (French debate) and September 9 (English debate). The debates will take place in the Ottawa/Gatineau area.