Toronto Civic Literacy Collaborative Project (2014 – 2016)

In partnership with Social Planning Toronto, the Toronto Civic Literacy Collaborative (TCLC) Project was a 2-year project that focused on increasing civic participation in the Chinese-Canadian community around the Municipal (2014) and Federal Elections (2015). The project trained 34 community animators on civic literacy and election processes, and hosted workshops and outreach events in North York and Scarborough. We identified low-voter turnout wards in the City of Toronto Chinese community and presented community trainers and education workshops for the Chinese-speaking community about voting, how to register, who is eligible, and how they could get involved for the municipal election in 2014 and the Federal election in 2015.

On September 26, 2015, a field trip was organized to visit the offices of MP candidates’ in the Scarborough-Agincourt area. The group of 23 participants met outside the Agincourt library for a presentation by a volunteer on immigration policy history in Canada. Then they proceeded to visit various MP offices (Christian, Conservative, Liberal and NDP) where they asked questions on specific election issues.

On October 5, 2015, we hosted the 2nd Engagement event at Agincourt library.