VANCOUVER—Students in British Columbia have launched a province-wide initiative, titled “Students Are Voting”, to mobilize post-secondary students to vote this May.

“Over the next 53 days we will be reaching out to tens of thousands of college and university students. Student leaders and volunteers will be fanning out across campuses engaging students directly and encouraging them to get out and vote by May 9th,” said Simka Marshall, Chairperson of the British Columbia Federation of Students.

“Students and youth turned out in record numbers in the past Federal election and helped tip a number of very close races. Our message to students is simple: this election will be incredibly close, every vote will count, and every vote will make a difference.”

Students Are Voting will focus on peer-to-peer relationships at university and college campuses in all parts of British Columbia, and recruit students to directly reach out to their classmates, colleagues, and friends to sign a “pledge to vote” card. These ‘points of contact’ will be reinforced through targeted social media outreach and online engagement, resources, and support.

More information about the Students Are Voting campaign, and an online pledge to vote, can be found at: StudentsAreVoting.ca

The British Columbia Federation of Students is composed of post-secondary students from 14 universities and colleges in every region in BC. Post-secondary students in British Columbia have been represented by the British Columbia Federation of Students and its predecessor organizations since 1966.