Journey to Running in a Federal Election

Canadians thinking about running in a federal election may be intimidated by the process, have a lot of questions, and be unsure of where to start. In collaboration with Elections Canada’s Inspire Democracy program, we are pleased to present the Journey to Running in a Federal Election Video Series, which aims to explain the candidacy process. 

We’ve gathered stories from former and current candidates, elected officials and the political strategists who support them to break down what each phase of candidacy is really like.


What inspired you to run or support a candidate?

What compels someone to become a candidate? Participants describe their inspirations and motivations for running in a federal election.

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How did you become a candidate, and what were some of the obstacles you faced?

You've made the decision to put your name in the hat and run for office. How do you develop a plan and put it into action? Participants describe how they went from citizen to candidate.

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What was it like being a candidate and running a campaign?

We see candidates in public debates and giving interviews on TV, but what is the experience really like? Former and current candidates, elected officials and those who support them share their insights.

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What are some of the challenges of being a candidate, and how do you overcome them?

Running as a candidate is a big commitment. Find out what the major challenges are, and how you can overcome them.

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What is most rewarding about being or supporting a candidate?

Even though there are challenges, being a candidate is not without reward. Former and current candidates, elected officials and those who support them share what makes the experience so special.

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What advice do you have for those thinking of running?

Have you decided that you want to become a candidate in the next federal election? Veterans of the process share their top tips with you.

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