This article investigates the factors associated with voting during the May 2011 federal election. Voting rates are examined across personal, family and labour market characteristics. Multivariate techniques are used to account for many of the characteristics associated with voting. The study is based on several supplemental questions, commissioned by Elections Canada, that were added to the May Labour Force Survey. Voting trends and international comparisons, based on administrative data, are also presented.
Statistics Canada is making available statistical profiles of all 308 federal electoral districts. Each profile contains data on four major components: population and demographic characteristics; education; income and work; and families and dwellings. Users can also compare data for their federal electoral district with provincial and national data.