Where can I get information on Canadian political parties?

There are many political parties in Canada. Some parties represent a particular region or interest group. Some parties represent many issues and all of Canada. Major parties include:

  • Conservative Party of Canada
  • Green Party
  • Liberal Party
  • New Democratic Party (NDP)

Most of these major parties also work at the provincial level in Ontario. You can find more information of political parties in Ontario.

Elections and Voting

There is no set schedule for elections. Usually, elections happen every few years, depending on the level of government:

  • Federal - every 4-5 years (unless an election is called earlier)
  • Provincial - every 4 years
  • Municipal (local) - every 4 years

To be eligible to vote in federal, provincial, and municipal elections, you must be:

  • A Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years old or older; and
  • Registered as a voter in an electoral riding (district).

Permanent residents and temporary residents (foreign students, foreign workers) are not eligible to vote.

Find out more about voting in the different elections in these articles:

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Last updated: October 9, 2015 4000075