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iiii_bullet  What is Samara's Everyday Political Citizen?

Everyday Political Citizen (EPC) 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.

This year’s jury includes prominent Canadians such as political satirist Rick Mercer, director and writer Buffy Childerhose, Senators André Pratte and Douglas Black, and columnist and activist Desmond Cole, as well as last year’s contest winners. Meet the entire 2017 EPC Jury.

iiii_bullet  Who is an Everyday Political Citizen?

Everyday Political Citizens, or EPCitizens, are the unsung heroes of our democracy. They are regular people who volunteer their time to make positive change at the local, regional or national level. An EPCitizen can be anyone living in Canada, regardless of age, background or citizenship 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?

Nominations are now closed. The deadline to nominate was October 19th, 2017. But you can always nominate an EPCitizen next year!

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.

thank you_epc2017

If you are interested in sponsoring Samara's Everyday Political Citizen or have any questions about the contest, please contact Jenn at [email protected].

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