Making Voices Count educates and encourages people living on low incomes to vote in government elections. Between election cycles, it advocates for socially just policies at the municipal level.
The program is driven by residents, CAWI, the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres (CHRC) and community partners. Its Civic Engagement Table meets monthly to learn, share and plan for action. We focus on poverty reduction, housing, equitable transportation, food security and childcare.
Making Voices Count has inspired many residents to vote and bring their concerns to City councillors. It’s also changing the status quo in election races. Candidates are learning they can improve their campaign and leadership by listening to people from low-income communities.
Making Voices Count’s past wins include: