October 9, 2019

There is strong demand for a new generation of federal leaders across geography, gender, generation, and political leanings.

78% of Canadians agree or strongly agree that “younger people need to step up and take leadership in politics,” including 82% of 18-34 year olds and a surprising 80% of 55+ voters. Support exceeds 70% in every region of the country and among 2015 voters for every major political party, including 71% of Conservatives, 87% of Liberals, and 88% of NDP supporters.

When asked how many of the 338 seats in Parliament they would like to see filled by MPs under 40, the average Canadian would like to see 130 representatives under 40, compared to only 45 Millennial MPs in the outgoing Parliament. On average, 18-34 year olds would like to see 155 under-40 MPs, 35-54 year olds would like to see 128, and 55+ voters would like to see 116 under-40 MPs.

The Forum for Millennial leadership also gathered information on the generational breakdown of candidates directly from the Conservative, Liberal, NDP and Green Party campaigns. Across 1293 candidates on whom aggregate data was made available, 24% are Baby Boomers (born 1941-1960), 47% are Generation X (born 1961-1979), and 28% are Millennials (born 1980-2000).

Each of the major national political parties in Canada is undergoing generational renewal – some more than others.

Here’s how the share of voters compares to the share of candidates; Millennials are now the largest cohort of potential voters in Canada.

A majority (64%) of Canadians agree that “electing more young people to Parliament will help change Canada for the better.”

Results are based on an online study conducted by Research Co on September 24 and 25, among 1,000 adults across Canada.  The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.1 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

For detailed polling tables, click here and for the breakdown of candidate generations, click here.


FML in the Media

Vancouver Sun: Election 2019: B.C. youth voted in record numbers in 2015, but will they be inspired to repeat this year?

Daily Hive: Over 75% of Canadians want younger elected officials: poll 

The Orca: Millennials and politics: more than meets the eye