Eleven municipalities across Canada are working on extending voting rights to permanent residents. Let’s make Vancouver next.

Approximately 60,000 permanent residents live in Vancouver. They live here, work here, pay taxes and send their kids to Vancouver schools. Just like you.
Unlike you, they can’t vote. Even in municipal elections.

Permanent residents (PR) share the same responsibilities as citizens. Yet despite their contributions to our city they are left without a voice – without representation by our elected officials whose decisions affect them. In Vancouver, that’s equivalent to missing 30% of voters.

#LOSTVOTESYVR is a campaign to make our local government accountable to everyone who lives in Vancouver.

Why does it matter?

Without a vote, new residents can feel disengaged from our communities. Excluding them suggests that their voice is considered less valuable, and represents a major loss for a city that celebrates the benefits of inclusion, diversity, and multiculturalism everyday.

We believe the responsibilities of permanent residency should count for something.

Voting for city council or the school board inspires confidence in a democratic system. It provides an equal opportunity for those who contribute everyday to the city they call home.

What happens next?

The Fresh Voices team of young immigrant and refugee leaders will lead the #LOSTVOTESYVR campaign by asking how we can work together to create better pathways to civic engagement.

We invite you to join the discussion and to learn more about the #LOSTVOTESYVR campaign by signing up below to receive updates. Then look out for emails from us with opportunities to get involved as our campaign grows.

Currently, eleven municipalities across Canada are working on extending municipal voting rights to permanent residents.

Let’s make Vancouver next.


Did you know?

In B.C, the top ten languages spoken at home are English, Punjabi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Tagalog (Philipino), Spanish, Vietnamese and Farsi.

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