Journey to Running in a Federal Election

For Canadians thinking about running in a federal election, the process can be intimidating, raise a lot of questions, and many may be unsure of where to start. In collaboration with Elections Canada’s Inspire Democracy initiative, we are pleased to present the Journey to Running in a Federal Election Video Series, which aims to demystify this process. 

We’ve gathered stories from former and current candidates, elected officials and the political strategists that 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 for federal politics.

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

You've made the decision to put your name in the hat and run for office. How do you create 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 participating in public debates on TV and interviews in the news, 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 to being a candidate, and how do you overcome them?

Running as a candidate is a big commitment. Find out what the major challenges are in this journey, and how they are overcome.

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What is the most rewarding thing 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 in the process share their top tips for those thinking of running.

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