How engaged are we as citizens? How do we demonstrate our engagement in society and collective decision-making? How can we do better?

Voter Turnout in NL

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Federal:  Voter turnout for the federal election increased from 53% in 2011 to 60% in 2015. Source: Elections Canada
*Unofficial estimate

Provincial: Voter turnout for provincial elections has remained fairly consistent since
2007, around 60%. Source: Elections NL *Unofficial. 2019 General Election Report
not yet released.

Municipal: While the percentage of vacancies in municipal council positions has decreased since 2009, the percentage of acclaimed positions has increased. Source: Gov NL

Access to information

The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act is designed to enable openness and accountability of the public sector by providing the public with the right to access records while protecting the personal information of citizens and commercially sensitive information of businesses. Any individual or organization can make an “access to information request”.

Access to Information Requests

The number of Access to information requests have more than quadrupled since 2013/14.

The outcome of General Requests to Departments 2017/18

67% of requests to provincial government departments were either partially or fully disclosed.

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Make a change with Make Your MarkMake Your Mark Oct21 copy

Want to make a change in your community? Why not consider running for the council? That’s the message behind Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador’s Make Your Mark campaign. In their latest campaign, some local councilors share some words of wisdom for anyone thinking about becoming involved in municipal government.

“Municipal politics is very grassroots and everybody has different priorities. When you’re an elected official, you have to represent all of those issues. That’s an
incredible responsibility because those issues are very important to people.”

-Paula Tessier, Mount Pearl

“You can make this a place where you want to live…If you want to be here, then get involved, run for council, and get out and vote.”

-Maisie Clark, Campbellton

“You can make this a place where you want to live…If you want to be here, then get involved, run for council, and get out and vote.”

-Maisie Clark, Campbellton

“Municipal governments, in a lot of ways, are the cultural stewards of the towns. They’re really important to protect the towns’ interest, to protect the residents’ interests.”

-Sébastien Duprés, Witless Bay

“We make better decisions when we have a wide variety of voices sitting around the table – whether that is young people, retirees, women, men, people from different backgrounds and cultures – they all help us to make different decisions, and better decisions, for our communities at large.” Karen Oldford, Labrador City

“Leave your personal agendas at the door and focus on community issues…Ask people what their thoughts are, and what we should be focused on. That’s the most important thing as a council.”

– Churence Rogers, Centreville-Trinity-Wareham
To learn more about Make Your Mark, visit