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Making Votes Count

Municipal Election - October 2014

  • Vote.
  • Encourage others to vote.
  • You can make a difference.

Residents from neighbourhoods across the city are joining with community organizations to make their voices heard in this municipal election. When people living on low-income in both urban and rural areas don't vote, politicians are less likely to listen to them.
This is our chance to turn this around:

  • participate in a city wide contest to increase voter turnout
  • inform candidates of the issues that matter to you
  • facilitate or participate in a Making Votes Count Café
  • vote on October 27th or in advanced polls-encourage others to vote


Join with hundreds of residents in this election to call on candidates to Create a City for All.
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Making Votes Count Where We Live project:

Since September 2013, CAWI and the Coalition of CHRC (Community Health and Resource Centers) are partnering on a three-year project, Making Votes Count Where We Live, to work with community partners, residents, and women leaders to effectively engage low-income, multicultural neighbourhoods in the electoral process. Community developers from 13 centers of CHRC will support emerging women leaders in civic engagement training and in city-wide neighbourhood teams who act as catalysts to increase their neighbors' long term engagement in their civic life. Funding is from:

Ontario Trillium Foundation Ontario Trillium Foundation
Catherine Donnelly Foundation Catherine Donnelly Foundation
Community Foundation of Ottawa
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In the first year (September 2013-March 2014), a community participatory action research was held to identify barriers to voting in low-income neighbourhoods and strategies to address the barriers. A report on the research findings was released on March 5th, 2014. Twenty-five women who are from different neighbourhoods across the city and supported by the community developers participated in civic participation training, facilitated focus groups, and brought their issues to the attention of municipal decision makers. In the report, there are four strategies to create a culture of civic engagement identified: make it easy to vote, make it fun to vote; ignite the passion to make a difference; build bridges between candidates and residents.

In the second and third years (April 2014-June 2016), more women are joining this project to help implement the civic engagement strategies identified in the first year research. With support of their community developers, they are facilitating Making Votes Count Cafes to educate their neighbours on the importance of participating in the long-term political process.