#JaneAndFinchVotes is a nonpartisan civic engagement and voter turnout campaign based in the Jane and Finch community of northwestern Toronto. The goal of the campaign is to engage with communities underrepresented in Canada’s democracy, including youth, newcomers and low-income families. We envision a Canada where all Canadians play a role in shaping the country’s political priorities.
We bring a community organizing approach to democratic participation. Community organizing, as defined by Harvard University professor Marshall Ganz, is to “identify, recruit and develop leadership; build community around that leadership; and build power from the resources of that community.” This approach is necessary where there is a need to build capacity in communities to meaningfully engage the political process as voters, constituents and, most importantly, Canadian citizens.
#JaneAndFinchVotes was launched in August 2015 in partnership with a team of youth workers led by lifelong Jane and Finch resident and York University student, Andrew Newsome. Leadership for the campaign includes a diverse group of community residents and organizations, youth workers, Osgoode Hall Law School students and volunteers from across the Greater Toronto Area.