See also the publications Voter Turnout Since 1945: A Global Report and Voter Turnout in Western Europe since 1945: A Regional Report, which are based on the data in this database.

Voter turnout data for Canada

The table below shows the statistics from recent elections in Canada. The data has been verified where possible. You can click on any cell to see when the data was last reviewed. You can also help us make the database better by suggesting updates or corrections.

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Year
The year the election took place or a law was passed, etc
Voter Turn­out
The voter turnout (of the only or final round) as defined as the percentage of registered voters who actually voted
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Total vote
The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes.
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Regi­­stration
The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes (cut-off date), as reported by the electoral management body.
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VAP Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of the voting age population that actually voted
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Voting age popu­­lation
The voting age population (VAP) includes all citizens above the legal voting age
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Popu­lation
The total population
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Invalid votes
A vote needs to fulfill a number of criteria to be considered as valid.
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Compulsory voting
2011
61.11%
14,823,408
24,257,592
54.16%
27,368,468
34,030,589
 No
2008
59.52%
13,929,093
23,401,064
53.59%
25,993,117
33,212,696
0.70%
 No
2006
64.94%
14,815,680
22,812,683
58.39%
25,374,410
32,805,041
0.60%
 No
2004
60.91%
13,683,570
22,466,621
55.28%
24,751,763
32,207,113
0.90%
 No
2000
61.18%
12,997,185
21,243,473
54.64%
23,786,167
31,213,580
1.10%
 No
1997
67.00%
13,174,698
19,663,478
57.06%
23,088,803
30,785,070
1.44%
 No
1993
69.64%
13,863,135
19,906,796
63.87%
21,705,750
28,941,000
1.40%
 No
1988
75.29%
13,281,191
17,639,001
68.34%
19,433,250
25,911,000
0.80%
 No
1984
75.34%
12,638,424
16,775,011
67.91%
18,611,000
25,150,000
0.70%
 No
1980
69.32%
11,014,914
15,890,416
64.53%
17,070,530
24,043,000
0.60%
 No
1979
75.69%
11,531,000
15,234,997
68.39%
16,860,370
23,747,000
0.70%
 No
1974
71.00%
9,671,002
13,620,553
64.21%
15,061,600
22,480,000
1.70%
 No
1972
77.20%
9,966,148
12,909,179
71.27%
13,984,000
21,850,000
3%
 No
1968
75.67%
8,217,916
10,860,888
68.35%
12,023,400
20,730,000
1.10%
 No
1965
75.88%
7,796,728
10,274,904
70.75%
11,020,800
19,680,000
1.10%
 No
1963
80.30%
7,958,636
9,910,757
75.08%
10,599,680
18,928,000
0.80%
 No
1962
80.13%
7,772,656
9,700,325
73.31%
10,602,000
18,600,000
1.10%
 No
1958
80.57%
7,357,139
9,131,200
75.39%
9,758,400
17,120,000
0.90%
 No
1957
75.05%
6,680,690
8,902,125
67.90%
9,839,430
16,677,000
1.10%
 No
1953
67.87%
5,701,963
8,401,691
65.38%
8,720,790
14,781,000
1.10%
 No
1949
74.79%
5,903,572
7,893,629
71.97%
8,202,670
13,447,000
0.90%
 No
1945
76.31%
5,305,193
6,952,445
70.17%
7,560,340
12,394,000
1.10%
 No