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Date of election/
referendum
Population Number of
Electors on lists
Total
ballots cast
Voter turnout
(%)
7 August - 20 September 18671 3,230,000 361,028 268,387 73.1
20 July - 12 October 1872 3,689,000 426,974 318,329 70.3
22 January 1874 3,689,000 432,410 324,006 69.6
17 September 1878 3,689,000 715,279 534,029 69.1
20 June 1882 4,325,000 663,873 508,496 70.3
22 February 1887 4,325,000 948,222 724,517 70.1
5 March 1891 4,833,000 1,113,140 778,495 64.4
23 June 1896 4,833,000 1,358,328 912,992 62.9
29 September 18982 4,833,000 1,236,419 551,405 44.6
7 November 1900 4,833,000 1,167,402 958,497 77.4
3 November 1904 5,371,000 1,385,440 1,036,878 71.6
26 October 1908 5,371,000 1,463,591 1,180,820 70.3
21 September 1911 7,204,527 1,820,742 1,314,953 70.2
17 December 1917 7,591,971 2,093,799 1,892,741 75.0
6 December 1921 8,760,211 4,435,310 3,139,306 67.7
29 October 1925 8,776,352 4,608,636 3,168,412 66.4
14 September 1926 8,887,952 4,665,381 3,273,062 67.7
28 July 1930 8,887,952 5,153,971 3,922,481 73.5
14 October 1935 10,367,063 5,918,207 4,452,675 74.2
26 March 1940 10,429,169 6,588,888 4,672,531 69.9
27 April 19422 11,494,627 6,502,234 4,638,847 71.3
11 June 1945 11,494,627 6,952,445 5,305,193 75.3
27 June 1949 11,823,649 7,893,629 5,903,572 73.8
10 August 1953 14,003,704 8,401,691 5,701,963 67.5
10 June 1957 16,073,970 8,902,125 6,680,690 74.1
31 March 1958 16,073,970 9,131,200 7,357,139 79.4
18 June 1962 18,238,247 9,700,325 7,772,656 79.0
8 April 1963 18,238,247 9,910,757 7,958,636 79.2
8 November 1965 18,238,247 10,274,904 7,796,728 74.8
25 June 1968 20,014,880 10,860,888 8,217,916 75.7
30 October 1972 21,568,311 13,000,778 9,974,661 76.7
8 July 1974 21,568,311 13,620,353 9,671,002 71.0
22 May 1979 22,992,604 15,233,653 11,541,000 75.7
18 February 1980 22,992,604 15,890,416 11,015,514 69.3
4 September 1984 24,343,181 16,774,941 12,638,424 75.3
21 November 1988 25,309,331 17,639,001 13,281,191 75.3
26 October 19922-3 20,400,896 13,725,966 9,855,978 71.8
25 October 1993 27,296,859 19,906,796 13,863,135 69.64
2 June 1997 27,296,859 19,663,478 13,174,698 67.0
27 November 2000 28,846,761 21,243,473 12,997,185 61.25
28 June 2004 30,007,094 22,466,621 13,683,570 60.9
23 January 2006 30,007,094 23,054,615 14,908,703 64.7
14 October 2008 31,612,897 23,677,639 13,929,093 58.8
2 May 2011 31,612,897 24,257,592 14,823,408 61.1
  1. In early elections, polling took place over several weeks or even months.
  2. A referendum.
  3. Does not include Quebec, as Quebec conducted its own referendum.
  4. This percentage rises to 70.9 when the number of electors on the lists is adjusted to account for electors who had moved or died between the enumeration for the 1992 referendum and the election of 1993, for which a separate enumeration was not carried out except in Quebec, as the 1992 electoral lists were reused.
  5. The turnout of 61.2% in 2000 was adjusted to arrive at the final turnout of 64.1%, after our normal maintenance of the National Register of Electors to remove the names of deceased electors and duplicates arising from moves. The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada explained the adjustment during his appearance before the Subcommittee on Electoral Boundaries Readjustment on October 6, 2003, and his appearance to discuss the 2004 Main Estimates before the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs on March 5, 2004.

Source: Reports of the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery (1867-1917); reports of the Chief Electoral Officer (1921-2008); unpublished summary data prepared by Elections Canada; R. Pomfret, The Economic Development of Canada (1987); H.A. Scarrow, Canada Votes (1962); Contact (1985).







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