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New Contest Launching Soon!

iiii_bullet  What is Samara's Everyday Political Citizen?

Everyday Political Citizen is an annual contest that profiles ordinary people who make Canadian democracy stronger. The Everyday Political Citizen contest celebrates Canada’s advocates, educators, organizers, mobilizers, volunteers and politicos whose work gives life and energy to our democracy.

Every year, Canadians like you are invited to nominate inspiring and hardworking individuals from communities across the country. The nominees are showcased on Samara's blog and social media channels. Then, a jury of prominent Canadians select winners in three age categories: Under 18, 18-29 and 30+.

Since 2013, over 1,000 Canadians have been recognized for working in big or small ways to make their communities better and Canada's democracy stronger.

Past jurors include Rick Mercer, Margaret Atwood, Preston Manning, Shad, Andrew Ference, Carmen Aguirre, Cindy Blackstock and many others!

iiii_bullet  Who is an 
Everyday Political Citizen?

Everyday Political Citizens, or EPCitizens, are the unsung heroes of our democracy. They are regular people working to make positive change at the local, regional or national level. An EPCitizen can be anyone, regardless of age, background or legal status.

Someone like...


, a young newcomer, who advocates on behalf of her peers at her local school board



, who uses creative tools like videos to educate his community about the political process



, who mobilizes hundreds of community members around issues they care about


To learn more about how to be an EPCitizen, watch this short video:

iiii_bullet  How can I nominate an Everyday Political Citizen?

To nominate an EPCitizen, simply fill out the online nomination form when the contest begins. The next contest is slated to begin in September 2017. The launch date will be announced shortly!

In the meantime, get inspired by reading about...

iiii_bullet  Everyday Political Citizens in the Media

Rick Mercer Report (CBC)

December 8, 2016

Your Morning (CTV)
December 9, 2016


On the Bright Side (CPAC)
January 30, 2017

For more stories about EPCitizens, check out Samara's News Coverage page.

iiii_bullet  Everyday Political Sponsors

The 2016 Everyday Political Citizen contest would not have been possible without contributions from generous sponsors.

We would like to thank RBC Foundation for their donation, sponsors Bennett Jones and Price Waterhouse Cooper and the in-kind support of The TyeeiPolitics, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Civic Action.

650x70 px - Sponsors (Oct 11)

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