Frequently Asked Questions

When is Daughters of the Vote 2019?

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The event takes place throughout the first week of April 2019.

When are applications due?

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Applications are due on January 6, 2019, at 11:59pm Pacific time.

What is the age range for DoV delegates?

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Delegates must be 18-23 at the time of the event. While we understand that people of other ages may be interested, this age range is strictly enforced.

Can I apply if I’ve already participated in previous years?

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Everyone is welcome to apply, but Equal Voice will prioritize new applicants who have not previously benefited from the DoV experience.

Do I have to be a Canadian citizen to apply?

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No. EV is seeking participants from diverse communities, including newcomers to Canada.

What costs are covered by Equal Voice if I’m selected as a DoV delegate?

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The following costs are covered:

  • Travel (via train, plane or bus)
  • Ground transportation from the Ottawa airport to the hotel and back
  • Lodging in Ottawa for the duration of the event
  • All meals during the program

Costs not covered by the program include alcohol, meals while in transit, long distance calls, personal items or medication, and outings not included in the program. As such, we strongly recommend each delegate have access to at least $100 for incidentals during their travels and stay in Ottawa.

What do delegates do?

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The program will consists of participation in the following activities:

  • Sitting in the House of Commons with an opportunity for statements
  • Attendance at Question Period
  • Leadership workshops sessions
  • Policy workshop sessions
  • Indigenous Forum (for those who identify as First Nations, Metis, Inuit only)
  • Various networking opportunities with elected officials of all parties and other political influencers and leaders
  • Other activities to be determined

Last but not least delegates will make invaluable contacts with your fellow DoV delegates from across the country.

What will the schedule look like?

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Be prepared for a packed agenda. There will be free time during some evenings with optional activities available.

What should I bring/wear while I’m in Ottawa?

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The hotel provides basic amenities such as shampoo, soap, tea/coffee and a hair dryer. Other personal items, such as feminine hygiene products, should be brought.

First Aid Kits will be available at the event site and at the hotel. There is a pharmacy a five minute walk away from the hotel, but prescription medications should be brought.

A form of government issued identification will be required for your travel. It’s also a good idea to bring your health card in case of emergency.

If you’re bringing any electronics, make sure to bring the appropriate chargers.

Weather in Ottawa can be somewhat unpredictable. As such comfortable, dry and warm boots, winter wear and umbrellas are recommended. There are washer/dryer machines on site for those that might need to wash their clothes during their stay.

Delegates will want to bring business attire and sufficient clothing for the duration of the event. For any delegates that might not have business or more formal attire, EV will make such attire available, upon request.

Other items that are not required but may be a good idea to bring include:

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Journal
  • Carry-on bag with a change of clothing
  • Snacks for traveling and in between meals
  • Eye masks & earplugs

How are delegates selected?

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A selection committee comprised of staff, board members and project partners will review all applications for completeness and assess each application based on the engagement each applicant demonstrates to their communities. One candidate from each federal riding will be selected (for a total of 338 delegates). With some ridings seeing a greater number of applications, the competition may be greater in some areas.

What are the expectations of delegates?

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Delegates are expected to be available to take part in the full program and a commitment to undertake a civic engagement activity or initiative following the national DoV event.

Delegates are expected to actively participate in the full program while respecting other delegates, including along lines of race, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or political affiliation. No disrespectful behaviour in advance of, during or following the event will be tolerated and could lead to immediate dismissal from the program.

Do I have to be affiliated with a political party to apply?

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We welcome potential delegates with or without political party affiliation to apply. If you don’t have experience in party politics and are nervous about applying - don’t worry! All types of community engagement experiences are valuable and will be considered in the selection process.

If I am selected, is it possible for Equal Voice to supply a letter explaining the opportunity to my school or employer, for me to be excused from class / work?

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Yes, we would be happy to provide you an official letter for this purpose. Please request this as soon as possible, with a minimum of 10 days notice prior to the event

Are there any volunteer opportunities?

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Daughters of the Vote depends on the contribution of volunteers throughout the program. If you are interested in volunteering, please email dov-hds@equalvoice.caindicating your interest and availability.

Do you provide accommodations for those living with disabilities?

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Equal Voice will take all reasonable measures to make the full program accessible to those with disabilities, including, but not limited to: adapted travel and accommodations, alternative format program materials, ASL or other interpretation services, etc.

Counsellors will be available onsite for the duration of the event in Ottawa for those feeling distressed, anxious or otherwise seeking support.

What languages is the program offered in?

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All program materials will be made available in English and French. Presentation will be delivered in both official languages, with interpretation services will be provided during the event to ensure bilingual presentation.

I have special needs, will EV be able to accommodate me?

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EV is always seeking to improve the experience of those accessing its programs. As such EV is committed to ensuring religious or spiritual needs, dietary restrictions or allergies, and/or physical, psychological or learning disabilities are taken into consideration throughout the program.

Once delegates have been selected, EV will connect with each individually to identify any such needs and take steps to ensure your full participation.

What are the micro-grants for, how many are available, and how can I apply for one?

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All accepted delegates will automatically be eligible to be considered for a micro-grant of up to $1,000 to be used in the year following the in-person national event. Delegates will need to complete a small proposal for their activity, including a small budget, and will be expected to submit a final report following their activity. Staff at the Equal Voice national office will be available to support all delegates in the planning and implementation of their activities.

What is the DoV Legacy Project?

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Delegates from the DoV 2017 event, through regional networks, collaborated to identify issues of common interest and develop toolkits to support ongoing engagement. These tookits can be found on the DoV website.