This fall, the Capilano Students Union is participating in Get Out The Vote — a nationwide campaign led by the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). This non-partisan campaign aims to encourage post-secondary students across the country to get out and vote in the 2019 federal election and to make sure their voice is heard. The last time CASA ran this campaign campus leaders managed to get 42,000 students to pledge to vote, and made a big difference in the turnout of young people at the polls. This time, we plan to make an even greater impact.


First of all, you can pledge to vote on Monday, October 21, 2019. CASA recently released a polling report showing that post-secondary students are very motivated to vote in the upcoming federal election, and politicians are listening to their concerns. Find out how, where and when you can vote on or before election day.

Sign up to volunteer

We wouldn’t be able to do it without you! Our goal is to recruit 100 volunteers during this campaign. Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, a full-time student or a rare human with an abundance of free time, there is a volunteer role for you! Our three main volunteer areas are our street team, phone bank callers and data entry team. Volunteer perks include:

  • CSU & Get Out The Vote campaign swag
  • possibility of a reference letter or free job-related workshops (such as Serving It Right, leadership training, etc.) with the completion of 15 hours
  • non-partisan election campaign experience
  • free food 
  • flexible hours
  • volunteer appreciation party

To read more about our volunteer job descriptions, sign up with the CSU Volunteer Registry or contact our Campaigns Assistant at [email protected].

Use your voice

Your vote and your support is invaluable in this campaign, and so is your voice. Use your platform to promote our cause, whether it be through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, landline, telegram, carrier pigeon… you name it! Use the hashtag #IWillVote and share our online pledge form with your friends, cohort and professional networks. Check out the CSU’s social media platforms throughout September and October, and share our Get Out The Vote content!

For more information on the Get Out The Vote Campaign and the Canadian Alliance of Students, click here.

If you would like to volunteer, sign up with the CSU Volunteer Registry or contact our campaigns assistant.

For general inquiries, contact our CSU director, policy & campaigns at [email protected].


Federal Leaders Debate #1: Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 1, 3:30pm
CSU Members Centre
Three leaders debates will be held leading up to the federal election on October 21. The CSU will host a public viewing event to provide students with the opportunity to watch the debates among their peers. Each debate will focus on a different topic of discussion, the first debate focusing on foreign policy. 

North Vancouver MP Candidate Debate

Monday, September 30, noon to 1:15pm
CSU Members Centre
Candidates from the North Vancouver riding will be invited to attend an on-campus meet & greet and debate event. Students will have the opportunity to meet the candidates, discuss issues with them face-to-face, and hear their ideas presented in a debate format. The debate will be moderated by a professor or moderator with political experience. Students will be able to submit questions for discussion prior to the event.

Federal Leaders Debate #2: General

Tuesday, October 7, 3:30pm
CSU Members Centre
The leaders of the Conservatives, Liberals, NDP, Greens, Bloc, and the People’s Party are invited to this debate. The CSU will host a public viewing event to provide students with the opportunity to watch the debates among their peers. 

Federal Election Results Party

October 21, 4:00pm
CSU Members Centre

On October 21, the CSU will celebrate election day and bring the Get Out The Vote Campaign to a close. Students will be invited to the CSU Members Centre to watch the live election results. This event will be licensed but is an all-ages event. Alcoholic beverages will be sold to students over 19 with valid ID, and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be provided. Polls will close at 7:00pm Pacific Standard Time, so this event will also be a reminder for students to vote on campus before then.


Don’t know who to vote for? Here are some excellent resources where you can find information on individual candidates, party platforms, and polling data:

CBC Vote Compass

MacLean’s Federal Election Platform Guide

Global News Voting Guide